All Express Entry Draws Will Return to Normal

All Express Entry Draws Will Return to Normal Tomorrow, July 6, 2022

The Honourable Sean Fraser, Minister of Immigration confirmed on Twitter that Express Entry draws under the federal high-skilled streams will resume tomorrow, after a pause of over 18 months. This includes the: Canadian Experience Class (CEC), Federal Skilled Worker Class (FSWP), and Federal Skilled Trades Class (FSTP).

This is a relief for certain candidates since Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has not invited CEC candidates since September 2021. Moreover, we haven’t seen an FSWP draw since December 2020.

A previous IRCC announcement states that they will process new applications under these streams within the 6-month service standard. “The federal high-skilled processing inventory has been cut by more than half,” added IRCC.

<<Also Read: All you need to know about Express Entry 2022>>

Other major changes we can expect in July 2022

For International Graduates

A new temporary policy will give recent international graduates with expiring temporary status, an opportunity to stay in Canada longer. The Minister of Immigration is now extending post-graduate work permits (PGWP) to international graduates with an expiring PGWP between September 20th, 2021 and December 31, 2022.

Tens of thousands of former international students will now receive an additional open work permit of 18 months. IRCC is now working on a simplified process and will provide further details in the weeks ahead. You can read more about it in the following article:

Other important changes

The following policy changes will take effect this summer:

  • Applicants will not have to remain in Canada during the processing of their application.
  • Applicants who also apply for an open work permit while they wait for their permanent residence application to be processed will be able to get work permits that are valid until the end of 2024.
  • To support family reunification, the immediate family members included in a principal applicant’s permanent residence application who are outside of Canada will be eligible to get their own open work permit.

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