Prior to the epidemic, the Canadian government hoped to complete the majority of Express Entry immigration applications within six months.
However, due to the epidemic, candidates have had to wait considerably longer.
Non-Canadian Experience Class (CEC) Express Entry candidates typically have to wait more than 20 months for Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to conclude their permanent residence petitions.
Fortunately, IRCC recently stated that most new Express Entry applications will be processed within six months. This will become effective in early July, when IRCC starts Express Entry invitations to Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), CEC, and Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP) candidates.
The normalisation of Express Entry in early July is significant for a number of reasons. To begin, Express Entry is the primary method through which IRCC welcomes skilled professionals to Canada. Permanent residence invites have been temporarily suspended for FSWP applicants since December 2020, while CEC candidates have not received invitations since September 2021, however, this will change in July. Between 1967 through the onset of the pandemic, the FSWP was the primary method Canada admitted skilled immigrants, while the CEC accounted for one-third of the record-breaking 405,000 immigrants Canada welcomed in 2021. Resuming invites for these two programmes will allow hundreds of thousands of individuals to realise their objective of obtaining permanent residency in Canada.
The resumption of draws is also good news for Canadian employers. According to Government Statistics, Canada has over 800,000 job openings and the lowest unemployment rate on record. Employers require more foreign workers to help overcome the unemployment problem. Because Express Entry is returning to normal and the majority of new applications will be completed within six months, companies will have access to more talent in the near future, which will be critical to Canada’s post-pandemic economic recovery.
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Reducing processing timelines to six months is also significant for immigration candidates since Express Entry will once again be the quickest method for qualified professionals to get permanent residency in Canada. Processing delays for Canada’s approximately 100 other economic class immigration channels surpass six months.
As a result, you should create your Express Entry profile in advance of the return of all-program drawings in early July. You should keep in mind, however, that it takes time to create and post your profile on the IRCC’s website, so you should start the procedure right away. You may require additional time to schedule and finish your language exam. Furthermore, you may take additional time to get an Educational Credential Assessment (if applicable) and gather other essential documentation. Because time is of importance, it is important to be proactive in order to minimise delays.
Even if you enter the Express Entry pool before July, you will still have some significant benefits. For one thing, the IRCC is still holding bi-weekly Express Entry lotteries to invite Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) candidates. Being in the pool now affords you the opportunity to be asked to apply to a province or territory’s upgraded PNP. If you are nominated, you are almost certain to get a permanent residency invitation from IRCC. The second key advantage is that you may gain an advantage if IRCC must utilise its tie-breaker rule. When numerous applicants have the same minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) as IRCC, IRCC will give precedence to the candidates who published their profile earlier.
In the future, Express Entry will continue to play an important part in Canada’s immigration system and economy. IRCC expects to welcome approximately 110,000 Express Entry immigrants to Canada each year beginning in 2024. By starting the procedure as soon as possible, you may be one of the numerous immigrants who benefit from Express Entry, including faster processing times.