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CRS is further reduced to 504

On September 28, 2022, Canada holds its latest  Express Entry draws which also happens to be its seventh all-program Express Entry draws since they were re-established on the 6th of July.

With the inclusion of this recent draw, Canada now has three draws in a row in which the number of invitations was increased by around 500 people compared to the one before them as the September 14 draw invited 3,250 candidates and the August 31 draw invited 2,750. Along with the increasing number of participants, the minimum CRS score requirement has been experiencing an increment decline with each draw, being reduced to 504 in the most recent Express Entry draws from its original value of 557.

Previously starting in December 2020 the all-program Express Entry draws were postponed for a period of over 18 months because of a backlog in applications caused by COVID-19-related travel restrictions. Only candidates from the CEC or (PNP) Provincial Nominee Program were considered eligible to receive an (ITA) invitation to apply during this period. Then later on in September 2021, draws for the CEC were also paused by the IRCC.

The decreasing number of Backlogs

Since July Canada has been making efforts to decrease the number of backlogs and its efforts have shown some success according to the data released by the (IRCC)  Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada the backlog for all applications has decreased from 2.7 million to 2.6 between July and August 31. This also includes a dent in the number of Express Entry applications that are yet to be processed. There were around 51,616 persons in the Express Entry inventory during late July but, that number has decreased to 40,180 by 31 August, which makes the total decrease up to 10,000 applications in approximately six weeks. Moreover among the 40,180 applications in the inventory over half of them are PNPs because several of them are aligned with Express Entry programs.

 Express Entry inventory

Immigration program

Persons as of August 31

Federal Skilled Workers (EE)

11,669

Canadian Experience Class (EE)

5,214

Skilled Trades (EE)

299

Provincial/Territorial Nominees (EE)

22,998

Total

40,180

 

Currently, 28,039 immigrants have received invitations from Canada through Express Entry programs in 2022 and Canada has made an Immigration Levels Plan for 2022-2024 in which it is aiming to enter 432,000 new immigrants by the end of this year.

Major rise in the job vacancy rate

The reason behind Canada’s high immigration targets, including those through Express Entry programs, is mostly due to the job vacancy rate that currently stands at 5.7%. Canada is experiencing a shortage of skilled workers along with a large portion of its labor force reaching close to retirement age, the labor force is severely underhanded and most likely cannot help support Canada’s economic development in the coming future.

Furthermore, due to the labor shortage, there are going to be changes made to the Express Entry draws will be changing in 2023 which will allow the IRCC will soon have the authority to issue ITAs to candidates with specific work experience, education, or language abilities that are well-positioned to support Canada’s economy and labor force. This change will affect the importance of a high CRS for candidates as targeted draws that weigh other factors more heavily may be carried out.

CRS is further reduced to 504

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