The latest Express Entry draw held on February 13 was a historic one as it invited as whopping 27332 Canadian Experience Class candidates with a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System(CRS) score as low as 75. An Express Entry draw of this magnitude is something unprecedented and once again proved that Canada is committed to fulfill the country’s immigration goals set for the year 2021.
Right time to start the Express Entry process
As per the Immigration Levels Plan of Canada for 2021-2023, the country will be admitting at least 401000 candidates in the current year. Almost a quarter of these immigrants will be admitted to the country through the Express Entry program. So the skilled workers who wish to migrate to Canada, this is the right time to start the process for Express Entry immigration.
If you have already created an Express Entry profile, you may take the efforts to improve your CRS score, in order to receive an invitation to apply for permanent residence in Canada. You can improve your scores by submitting new language test results or Educational Credential Assessment(ECA) report.
International travel restrictions
Currently, Canada has imposed international travel restrictions as a measure to control the spread of COVID-19. But experts think that Canada will lift the restrictions once welcoming skilled workers outweighs the risk of the spread of COVID 19.
Further, vaccination program is already ongoing in Canada, which is expected to make Canadians more immune, thus bringing down the risks of COVID-19 spread. So, considering the current situation, it may take several months to complete the Express Entry immigration process. So it is better to start the immigration process right away.
Express Entry immigration through Federal Skilled Worker Program
The most common pathway for foreign skilled workers to enter the Express Entry pool is the Federal Skilled Worker Program(FSWP). In order to qualify under the program, you need to prove your linguistic ability through recognized language tests and get Educational Credential Assessment done. These may take a few months.
Once you receive an ITA for Canada PR, you have 90 days to submit the complete application. After submitting the application, the processing will take at least six months. If the application is approved, the candidates will receive a Confirmation of Permanent Residence(COPR). This is valid till the medical exam of the candidate or till their passport expires. But currently, only those candidates who have their COPR approved before March 18, 2020 are allowed to enter the country. It is expected that Canada will reopen the borders for those who have received COPR soon.
When that happens, FSWP is expected to play a key role in helping Canada achieve its immigration targets. Before the onset of the pandemic, FSWP was the lead category of skilled workers to Canada, ever since the program was launched in 1967. So, it is all likely to come back to prominence when once the borders are reopened. As the Express Entry targets set by Canada for the year 2021 is high, we can also expect bigger draws with lower CRS cut-off score in the coming days.