Proposed Changes To Canada Express Entry To Allow NOC-Specific Draws

Published on : Mon, May 30 2022     240

Canada intends to restructure its Express Entry immigration system. Currently, the highest-ranked Express Entry profiles that fulfill the minimal ranking score cut-off are invited.

The Express Entry system in Canada is about to undergo significant adjustments. Express Entry is the federal government of Canada's flagship application management system for persons wishing to immigrate to Canada as permanent residents through the -

  • A section of the Provincial Nominee Program
  • Federal Skilled Worker Program,
  • Federal Skilled Trades Program, 
  • Canadian Experience Class, 

Canada uses Express Entry to accept and administer Canadian permanent residence applications for three of the country's most popular economic Canada immigration programs: FSWP, FSTP, and CEC. Certain PNP streams or paths are linked to Express Entry in the Canada PNP.

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What changes to Canada Express Entry are on the horizon?

The proposed revisions call for a new version of the Express Entry system that allows IRCC to issue ITAs based on criteria such as

  • Industry-related professions and 
  • Specific academic credentials in Express Entry draw

There will be more flexibility in choosing applicants from the Express Entry pool now that the adjustments have been implemented. After determining economic goals, IRCC will be willing to welcome Express Entry candidates who are most qualified and have the best chance of achieving those goals.

In the future, the IRCC may hold Canada Express Entry draws that target certain occupations based on the National Occupation Classification (NOC) code. A new NOC code, NOC 2021 Version 1.0, will be implemented in the second part of 2022. Instead of the current four-digit NOC codes, the new NOC 2021 will use a five-digit system.

The necessary changes to Canada's Express Entry system, which were brought to the Standing Committee on Immigration and Citizenship on May 19, 2022, are now being debated in the Canadian Parliament

The federal department of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada are in charge of Express Entry (IRCC). Canadians who want to immigrate to the United States can do so through Express Entry if they match the 67-point qualifying criterion.

The profiles are ranked using a 1,200-point Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) matrix once they have been added to the IRCC Pool. IRCC sends out invitations to apply (ITA) to those who have the highest CRS scores. Canada Express Entry draws are done on a regular basis, and ITAs are distributed.

The Canadian government should be able to accept individuals who can meet actual labor demands under the proposed reform of the Express Entry system.

Beginning in July, potential applicants will be able to apply for permanent residence in Canada through the Express Entry system. Beginning in early July 2022, all-program drawings will be reinstated. The great majority of new Express Entry applications will be handled within the regular six-month timeframe.

Given the proposed modifications to the Express Entry system, when all-program Express Entry draws resume in July 2022, an IRCC batch of invitations could look very different.

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