In the most recent Express Entry draw, held on August 3, 2022, Canada welcomed 2,000 individuals to apply for permanent residency. Express Entry is a popular immigration route for skilled individuals in Canada.

Candidates with Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) scores of at least 533 were invited. Since no program was indicated for this draw, individuals from the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) and the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) were eligible.

This draw's minimum CRS requirement was nine points lower than the previous draw on July 20. Furthermore, 250 more individuals were invited in this draw than in the last, when 1,750 candidates were invited to apply (ITA).

Since the resume of all-program drawings on July 6, 5,250 Express Entry candidates have obtained ITAs. For more than 18 months, Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) had suspended these drawings and only invited candidates qualified for permanent residence under the CEC or the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP).

Canada intends to accept 55,900 permanent residents through Express Entry in 2022, with the number rapidly increasing to 111,500 by the end of 2024.

Expired PGWP Holders Can Apply For A New Open Work Permit

Thousands of Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) holders have had their work permit status expire due to a halt in invitations to Express Entry CEC candidates between September 2021 and July 2022. They could not apply for a Bridging Open Work Permit while waiting for IRCC to finish their permanent residence application since they did not have CEC invitations. IRCC announced yesterday that expired PGWP holders would be eligible to renew their open work permit status for 18 months. This legislation is intended to assist these candidates in their transition to permanent residence by allowing them to continue working while they wait.

Distance Education Is Now Temporary Eligible For Express Entry

Due to pandemic-related restrictions, many international students have been compelled to complete their studies online over the last two years. As a result, IRCC has stated that students who completed Canadian educational programs online between March 2020 and August 2022 will be able to include their learning credentials as part of their overall CRS score. This means that students can use schooling completed online as part of their academic credentials while uploading their online Express Entry profile.

This precaution will only be temporary when pandemic restrictions lessen around the world. Usually, students would not be eligible for CRS points for educational qualifications if they completed 50% of their education degree through distant learning. However, suppose you received a Canadian degree, diploma, or certificate and finished any part of your program of study or training between March 2020 and August 2022. In that case, you are now eligible for Canadian educational credential points if you completed your program:

  • via distance education; 
  • from outside of Canada; or 
  • through part-time studies

Candidates who have previously been accepted into the Express Entry pool may have received a letter from IRCC informing them that their education information in their online profile must be updated. The letter states that three new questions in the education history part must be answered, or candidates would receive a lower CRS score.

The questions inquire how much in-person study, a study in Canada, and full-time study the candidate performed to obtain the credential. When the letter was distributed, IRCC recommended that candidates update their profiles by August 2 to maintain their CRS score and remain eligible for the current draw.

What Exactly Is Express Entry?

Express Entry is the applicant management system for the Canadian Experience Class (CEC), the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), and the Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP). Candidates for the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) in the Express Entry pool are already eligible for at least one of these programs.

The Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) is a point-based system that Express Entry uses to rank the profiles of applicants. Candidates with the highest scores are given an Invitation to Apply (ITA) and can subsequently apply for permanent residency.

Following the application, an IRCC officer evaluates the application and makes a decision. The officer will ask for biometrics, and he or she may set up an interview or ask for other paperwork.

When the application is accepted, the applicant gets a "Confirmation of Permanent Residence" (COPR). The final stage is to finish the landing procedure and become a permanent resident of Canada. For more information, you may contact with our immigration experts at 859533859 or [email protected]

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