Since December 2020, there have been no draws for the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) or the Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP). Draws for the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) were put on hold, back in September 2021.
July 06 Express Entry Draw Results
A total of 1,500 Express Entry candidates were invited to apply for permanent residency by Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). The Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) cut-off score was 557.
Invitation Round – #226
Date – 06.07.2022
Number of ITA’s issued – 1500
Latest CRS score – 557
The tie-breaking rule for those with the required CRS score was April 12, 2021, at 12:21:45 UTC. IRCC publishes the tie-breaker for every draw, whether or not there was a tie in the first place. Candidates who have been invited to apply for permanent residency now have 60 days to do so.
Canada’s Immigration Minister: “Today, I am pleased to announce that Express Entry draws have officially resumed and applications will be processed at our 6 month processing standard. I look forward to welcoming skilled workers who will are essential in addressing Canada’s labour shortages.”
Why today’s draw is big news
The return of all-program draws is significant for several reasons. Since its launch in 1967 until 2020, the Federal Skilled Worker Program was the main way Canada welcomed skilled immigrants. Prior to the pandemic, the FSWP comprised about 45% of all those who received an Express Entry ITA.
The return of all-program draws is also major news for CEC candidates. The CEC is the primary way for Canada’s large international student and foreign worker population to gain permanent residence. The CEC has increased in prominence in recent years as Canada has relied on this pool to achieve its immigration levels targets. Prior to the pandemic, the CEC comprised just 9% of all 341,000 immigrants welcomed under Canada’s economic, family, and humanitarian classes combined. Last year, the CEC comprised nearly one-third of the over 405,000 immigrants who landed in Canada.
All-program Express Entry draws occur when IRCC considers all candidates in the Express Entry pool and issues invitations to apply (ITA) for permanent residence only on the basis of their Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score. Between the launch of Express Entry in 2015 and December 2020, IRCC mostly held all-program draws. This meant that Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), Canadian Experience Class (CEC), and Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP) candidates all had a shot at getting an ITA.