In the latest draw today, the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) invited 1,500 Express Entry candidates to apply for permanent residents.
Today’s draw is very significant because it cuts across the three key programs, Federal Skilled Worker program, Canadian Experience Class, and the Federal Skilled Trades program. The cut-off score or the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) cut-off mark for today’s draw is 557.
It is not surprising that the CRS cut-off score for today’s draw is relatively high given that it is the first draw after a very long time. It is expected that the CRS cut-off marks would gradually decline over time as more draws are conducted.
Express Entry Draws Going ForwardPrior to today’s draw, Sean Fraser, Canada’s Minister of Immigration released the following statement:
“Today, I am pleased to announce that Express Entry draws have officially resumed and applications will be processed at our 6-month processing standard. I want to thank the candidates from around the world for their patience, as we worked to reduce the backlog before resuming Express Entry draws. I look forward to welcoming skilled workers who will are essential in addressing Canada’s labour shortages.”
Going by the Minister’s statement, we have every reason to believe that Express Entry draws are now back on track. It is equally very gratifying that IRCC has now recommitted itself to a 6-month processing time.