Express Entry Latest News: FSW and CEC Class Draws Resumes July, 2022

Regular EE Draws will resume early July 2022. Government approves 18 more months for PGWP holders.

Exciting Express Entry latest news has just been released by IRCC for candidates with permanent residence application under the FSW and CEC class. If you have an active express entry application, hoping to apply for one of running out on your postgraduate work permit validity period, this news if for you.

Since the Express Entry draw suspension in December 2020, many candidates have been eagerly waiting for updates. On April 22, Canada Immigration Minister, Sean Fraser, announced that Federal Skilled Worker (FSW) and Canadian Experience Class (CEC) draws will resume in early July, 2022. This news has generated a lot of excitement among Express Entry candidates!

In this article, we will take a look at the history of FSW and CEC draws since December 2020, explore some FSW and CEC draw latest news coming from IRCC in Ottawa and make some predictions about the upcoming draws. First, let’s elaborate on the minister’s latest announcement concerning resumption of regular express entry draws for FSW and CEC class.

10 Highlights of Express Entry latest news based on Immigration Minister, Sean Fraser’s Announcement on FSW and CEC Draws – April 22.

  1. Canada is looking for skilled labor to fill vacancies created by the last pandemic. IRCC therefore wants to make immigration easier for employers so they can fill their vacant positions.
  2. The IRCC Minister confirmed that the Express Entry draws for CEC and FSW programs will resume in early July this year.
  3. The suspension of FSW draws since December 2020 and subsequent halt on CEC draws in September 2021 resulted in backlog of inventory and processing of overseas applications. Starting July 2022, IRCC will clear backlog and return to 6 months processing time which is their service standard for EE applications.
  4. Due to a pause in FSW and CEC invitations, the number of people with pending federal high-skilled applications has been cut almost in half. IRCC have decreased inventory from 111,900 in September 2021 to about 48,000 in March 2022. The ministry hope to further reduce the backlog before July, allowing her to issue new draws.
  5. Starting in summer 2022, new graduates from Canada will be able to extend their post graduation work for additional 18 months.
  6. International graduates play a vital role in solving Canada’s labor shortage and are already well integrated into the workforce.
  7. Canada has doubled the number of permanent residence decisions made in order to help bring more skilled workers to Canada.
  8. IRCC processed more than 100,000 work permit applications in the first quarter of 2022.
  9. Canada has extended a temporary policy that allows people with visitor status in Canada to work without leaving the country.
  10. Finally, the Minister announced that while temporary resident to permanent resident (TR-to-PR) pathway applications have closed since November 2021, CIC will continue processing of applications until it’s finished.

Additional announcements and policy changes delivered in his speech are as quotes below from Canadian Government’s website.

“With the economy growing faster than employers can hire new workers, Canada needs to look at every option so that we have the skills and labour needed to fuel our growth. Immigration will be crucial to easing our labour shortage, and these measures aim to address pressing needs in all sectors across the country, while providing more opportunities for recent graduates and other applicants to build their lives in Canada and continue contributing to our short-term recovery and long-term prosperity.”

– The Honourable Sean Fraser, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship.

  • Applicants will no longer be required to remain in Canada while their application is being processed.
  • Applicants who apply for an open work permit while waiting for their permanent residence application to be finalized will be able to get work permits valid until the end of 2024. This will ensure that all permanent residence applications will be finalized before applicants will need to apply to extend their temporary status again.
  • To support family reunification, immediate family members who are outside Canada and who were included in a principal applicant’s permanent residence application will be eligible for their own open work permit.

Postgraduate work permit latest news

  • Starting in summer 2022, new graduates from Canada will be able to extend their post graduation work permit (PGWP) for additional 18 months.
  • International graduates play a vital role in solving Canada’s labor shortage and are already well integrated into the workforce.

Express entry backlog and processing time for FSW and CEC

The suspension of FSW draws since December 2020 and subsequent halt on CEC draws in September 2021 resulted in backlog of inventory and processing of overseas applications. Starting July 2022, IRCC will clear backlog and return to six months processing time which is their service standard for EE applications.

CRS score prediction when EE draws restart

  • When the Express Entry draws for FSW and CEC restart in July, 2022, it is expected that the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score cut-off mark will be above 500 points.
  • The number of people to immigrate to Canada through Express Entry has hit an all-time high, with more than 200,000 candidates in the pool. For this, the CRS will mostly likely be higher than normal.
  • We cannot predict what the cut-off score will be and how long it will stay high. This is because CRS cut-off points are based on certain factors such as the number of candidates submitting to applications, an increase in draws, or a reduction in invitations issued.