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January 17, 2023

Changes in Express Entry for Foreign Skilled Workers Coming Soon!!

A Perfect Time for Workers to go for Canadian immigration

There’s a high possibility that the Express Entry system will start targeting candidates belonging to a particular profession or industry and attributes, like temporary residency and French-speaking.

Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada, also known as IRCC, recently consulted the public and stakeholders before introducing a new Express Entry application management system that contributes to Canada’s economic growth and helps overcome the issue of labour shortages.

IRCC is planning to introduce new categories within the Express Entry system to target candidates with resourceful capabilities, such as work experience, good educational qualifications, language proficiency, and more. This means that the Express Entry would no longer be limited to judging the candidates on the basis of the Comprehensive Ranking System, also known as CRS.

Apart from inviting those with proficiency in the French language under the Express Entry system, IRCC will also consider candidates with specific professional background and their ability to help fill labour gaps in different sectors of the economy. Plus, candidates who have lived in Canada before as international students or workers temporarily will also be considered.

In case someone doesn’t know, Express Entry is a system that offers three different immigration pathways to foreign skilled workers to apply for permanent residence. The three pathways offered to international workers include the Federal Skilled Worker Program, the Federal Skilled Trades Program, and the Canadian Experience Class.

At the moment, eligible candidates under the Express Entry system seeking permanent residency are allotted a score through the Comprehensive Ranking system. Candidates with higher scores are issued ITAs, short for invitations to apply.

The consultations that took place followed the same method used for making the Annual Immigration Levels Plan to fix Canada’s yearly immigration goals after every three years.

However, the outcomes of the consultations are still unknown, probably because the process was just finished recently on 8 January 2023. At the same time, IRCC claims that targeted draws will start in spring this year. The Minister is yet to come up with new categories, after which they will be announced prior to issuing the invitations.

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