Canada invited 545 immigration candidates in a newest Express Entry draw
PNP candidates invited by Canada in new Express Entry draw
FSWP and CEC invitations are expected to resume shortly as IRCC continues holding bi-weekly PNP draws
A new round of invitations was held by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) on May 11, 2022.
The draw resulted in a total of 545 immigration candidates receiving an invitation to apply for permanent residency.
In order to qualify for the draw, candidates had to meet a minimum required Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 753 or higher. Because the draw was for candidates who had received a provincial nomination, the score requirement was high.
PNP candidates receive 600 additional points on their existing CRS score, meaning their base score was 153.
The cut-off date and time for the draw was December 15, 2021 at 20:32:57 UTC. Any applications submitted after this time was not considered for this round of invitations.
On April 22, the Minister of IRCC, Sean Fraser announced that starting sometime in July, draws for Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) and targeting Canadian Experience Class (CEC) candidates would start being held again.
As of yet, there is no exact date. More information may be unveiled in the coming weeks.
IRCC is working hard to improve processing time and getting through the various types of applications.
The backlog of Express Entry applications has been greatly reduced and is at less than half since September 2021, while over 150,000 permanent residency applications have been processed and decided on between January 1 and March 31 of this year.
As we quickly approach the halfway point of 2022, things are definitely starting to roll.