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  • Express Entry: Canada invites skilled immigrants overseas for first time since 2020

    Canada has conducted a first all-program Express Entry draw since December 2020, issuing 1,500 Invitations to Apply.

    The July 6 draw – the first to invite overseas candidates in 19 months – required a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 557 points.

    The previous all-program draw took place on December 23, 2020, with 5,000 ITAs issued and a minimum score of 468 points.

    Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada stopped conducting all-program and Canadian Experience Class (CEC) draws after allowing the buildup of a huge backlog of applications.

    With the backlog of high-skilled applications significantly reduced, all-program draws have returned. New applications following these latest invitations will be processed in six months. Candidates have a 60-day window to submit their applications.

    Canada has so far issued 10,865 invitations in 2022.

    IRCC issued a record 114,431 ITAs in 2021, all to Canadian Experience Class (CEC) and PNP candidates. It beat the previous record of 107,350 set in 2020.

    The latest draw saw the tie-breaking rule implemented on November 12, 2021, at 10.20pm EST. If more than one candidate had the minimum CRS score, only those who submitted their Express Entry profiles before this date and time received invitations.

    This was the 14th round of invitations under Express Entry in 2022 and 226th overall.

    Immigration Minister Sean Fraser announced on April 22 that the federal high-skilled backlog had been cut by more than half, from nearly 112,000 in September 2021 to 48,000 in March 2022. The backlog has dropped further since that date,

    It means that Canada can once again start issuing Invitations to Apply to skilled worker candidates both already in the country and from overseas. 

    Source: Canada Immigration Department

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