Canada Express Entry applications to be processed within 6 months: IRCC

Canada Express Entry applications to be processed within 6 months IRCC (1)

Overview:

Canada’s immigration department has confirmed six months processing time for the new Express Entry applications.

Highlights:

  • IRCC to process new Express Entry within six months
  • IRCC to resume invitations to FSWP, CEC, and FSTP candidates in early July
  • FSWP stood as the main gateway through which Canada invited skilled immigrants since 1967
  • CEC estimated that one-third of the record-breaking 405,000 immigrants landed in Canada in 2021
  • Over 800,000 job vacancies and the lowest employment rate has been recorded in Canada
  • Immigrants to meet the needs of the labor market
  • Learn how to prepare an Express Entry profile
  • Major advantages for the candidates who enter the Express Entry pool before July

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Before the pandemic, the government of Canada aimed to process most of the applications under the Express Entry immigration within six months.

The applicants of the Non-Canadian Experience Class have been waiting for more than 20 months for the Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to settle their permanent residence applications.

The most recent news of the IRCC has confirmed that it will be processing the latest applications of the Express Entry within six months. This will come into effect once the IRCC continues issuing invitations to the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), CEC, and Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP) candidates in early July.

How to prepare your Express Entry profile?

  • Firstly, be mindful that it is time-taking to upload your profile on the IRCC website
  • Make time to book and complete your language test
  • Get an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA), if required
  • Keep all the necessary documents ready

Express Entry in early July is essential news for many reasons. The Express Entry is a primary gateway through which IRCC has welcomed skilled workers to Canada. The invitations for permanent residence have been paused since December 2020, whereas the CEC candidates haven’t received an invitation since September 2021, which will resume in July.

FSWP stood as the main gateway through which Canada invited skilled immigrants from 1967 until the pandemic began. In contrast, the CEC estimated that one-third of the record-breaking 405,000 immigrants landed in Canada in 2021.

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Resuming the draws is considered welcome news for Canadian employers. More immigrants are invited to meet the needs of the labor market and address the worker shortages. According to Canadian statistics, over 800,000 job vacancies and the lowest employment rate has been recorded in Canada.

Express Entry is gaining back its form by processing the most recent applications within six months, opening doors for the employers to access their talent shortly and standing as a backbone in supporting the economic recovery of Canada that was affected by the pandemic.

Compared to the other 100 economic class immigration pathways that exceed six months, Express Entry is the fastest way for skilled workers to get Canadian permanent residence.

Major advantages for the candidates who enter the Express Entry pool before July:

  • IRCC conducts bi-weekly Express Entry draws to invite Canada Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) candidates
  • A province or territory will invite candidates in the pool to apply to their advanced PNP
  • The candidate is virtually guaranteed to get a permanent residence invitation from IRCC if nominated
  • There is a possibility of getting an edge if the IRCC needs to use its tie-breaker rule

Express Entry will continue playing an integral role in Canada’s immigration system and the economy as we look ahead. Starting from 2024, IRCC is looking forward to welcoming over 110,000 Express Entry immigrants to Canada.

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