As per the recent reports, it has been found out that the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) are the 85 percent of the finalized Express Entry applications in 2021. Further, the new IRCC data reveals how the immigration department is prioritizing Express Entry applications. The data shows the number of permanent residence applications submitted in the category of Express Entry that have been approved by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada are based on some specific criteria.
As it is quite evident that the Express Entry is the important source of earning a permanent residency in Canada. They create a space for economic class skilled immigrants through this particular category. Candidates who meet the criteria of an Express Entry program are welcome to submit their profile on IRCC’s website.
After submitting the application, the candidates get assessed through Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) scores based on various factors including human capital criteria such as their age, education, language skills, and work experience.All this assessment and process takes some time.
Then approximately every two weeks, there is the next express entry draw and the IRCC invites the highest scoring candidates to apply for permanent residence. Once selected, the candidate then has 60 days to submit their permanent residence application to IRCC.
Then they wait for approval. If after all the checks the IRCC approves the application, then the candidate receives a Confirmation of Permanent Residence (COPR) which ensures them to officially land in Canada as a permanent residence. If the applicant is already residing in Canada as a temporary resident then it refers to converting their legal status to permanent residence.
Changes in IRCC policies-
Due to the pandemic conditions IRCC has made important changes in the Express Entry policies. For now the department is currently planning to finalise 401,000 new permanent residents by the end of this year. From the start of this year, they made the decision to focus on finalising more temporary residents to permanent residence and hence it will help the government in achieving its 401,000 immigrant target.
Hence, to work on this policy the immigration authorities are only inviting Canadian Experience Class (CEC) and Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) candidates under Express Entry this year.
Well, this comes as a major change as the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) accounted for almost 45 percent of successful Express Entry candidates before the pandemic. IRCC has shifted its policy on a temporary basis for two reasons.
First, it states that almost 90 percent of CEC candidates are residing in Canada during the pandemic, so they are less likely to face COVID-related disruptions and it means they can complete their permanent residence landings in the year 2021 itself. Secondly, IRCC will continue to invite PNP candidates to help provinces across the country address to fulfill their labour market needs.
Now, there is a big visible change. Due to this policy IRCC has not been inviting the highest-ranking candidates among the entire Express Entry pool, rather it has invited the highest-ranking CEC and PNP candidates. It means the authorities are choosing applicants within the country. This has further caused the overall CRS cut-off scores to decline. The IRRC department aimed to invite as many CEC candidates to complete it’s immigration target for this year.
As per the reports, IRCC is showing that the CEC is accounting for some 85 percent of all finalized Express Entry applications this year. As per the statistics, between January and October, IRCC issued COPRs to 108,860 CEC applicants. The department has issued 12,514 COPRs to PNP candidates.
Initially the IRCC got off to a slow and steady start to the year and finalized between 7,000 and 10,000 Express Entry applications per month till May. In June, it doubled, and IRCC has maintained a high pace of Express Entry application processing in the second half of this year.
At the end of the year, CEC candidates are the greatest beneficiaries of the increased processing capacity. IRCC has also increased the number of PNP applications it is finalizing but it still is not at the same level it processed. Further the data suggests IRCC has diverted their resources to process CEC applications as it can as it seeks to fulfil its 401,000 newcomer goal.
Further the reports state that the IRCC indicates a backlog of 1.8 million permanent and temporary residence applications. This includes just under 100,000 Express Entry applications as on October 27. If the IRCC follows its current pace, then it will process some 48,000 CEC applications remaining by January 2022. The next express entry draw is scheduled to be on 8th December 2021. It will further clear the immigration picture of the country.