We’re back! First All Class Draw in 4 Months
April 1, 2021
Going into this pandemic, many of us thought that at some point in the near future, our national lockdowns would end and things would return to how they were. In reality, the return to normalcy has been anything but. We are living in a new normal&rsquo, we have to accept living with many rules and restrictions for our own safety as societies and as individuals. But we have to take small victories as they present themselves, and the latest Express Entry draw is one of those victories as applicants were drawn for the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) and the Federal Skilled Trades Program and issued invitations to apply (ITA) for permanent residency in Canada Since the country closed its borders at the start of the global pandemic, the IRCC has worked hard to keep it’s wheels turning and issue as many applicants with their ITAs to meet Canada's 2020 immigration targets.
The draws focussed on the Canada Experience Class (CEC) and applicants who had Provincial Nominations. CEC applicants have at least one year of experience working in Canada, and often are already currently employed in Canada, so they did not need to travel to Canada upon receiving the news of the permanent residency. Applicants with provincial nominations often also were either already in Canada or were ready when their ITA came through, and went into a mandatory two week period of self isolation when they reached Canada. But on July 8th 2020 the 155th Express Entry draw took place, inviting 3,900 Federal Skilled Worker Program applicants to apply for permanent residency. The cutoff Comprehensive Ranking Score was 478 points, which was 7 points higher than the last draw that included FSWP candidates. During the past 4 months the Express Entry pool has been filling up with candidates of various calibres, but we can expect the next draw to lower the cutoff CRS as the highest scoring FSWP applicants have now been issued ITA’s.
Express Entry ProgramYour first step is to create an Express Entry profile. You will enter all your relevant information regarding your age, qualifications, language ability, work experience etc. onto your profile for your CRS to be calculated. You will then be entered into a pool of applicants from which applicants are drawn in bi-montly draws and invited to apply for permanent residency. It is at this stage you will have to backup all the information you provided on your profile. Let’s take a quick look at the FSWP’s requirements and CRS system.
Federal Skilled Worker ProgramOne of three sub-streams of the Express Entry program, the FSWP is dedicated to people in managerial or professional occupations who are interested in immigrating to Canada. The requirements of the program are:
- One year of full time work experience in the past ten years in your qualified occupation;
- Score a minimum of 7 on one of the Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) tests;
- Have an education credential assessment (ECA) done for your qualifications;
- Show you have adequate funds for you and your family to move and settle in Canada; and
- Be admissible to Canada. This will involve a police clearance and a medical examination.