Reason behind Canada Failing To Hold Its Express Entry Draw This Week

There were some recent changes in the CRS score made by the federal government. Due to this, Canada failed to hold its Express Entry (EE) draw this week.

The website of the IRCC explains that the absence of the draw this week was due to an announcement made by IRCC on Tuesday. The announcement was about awarding more CRS points to French-speaking EE applicants.

IRCC has made a special note. It states, “The CRS scores of all profiles in the pool will be updated automatically before the next invitation round after the updates. This could take up to two weeks.”

Under the EE application management system, IRCC awards the applicants with an individual CRS score. This score is based on their education, age, work experience, language skills, among several other criteria.

IRCC holds an EE draw every two weeks, preferably on a Wednesday. Those who receive the highest score get to apply for permanent residence.

The last EE draw was on Wednesday, October 14. It was the biggest ever EE draw in Canada.

Immigration hopefuls were in eager anticipation of this week’s draw. October 28 was the date for the draw. However, due to the coronavirus pandemic, the absence of this draw may have created uncertainty.

There was a clarification by the IRCC that the pandemic has nothing to do with the lack of the draw this week.

French-speaking applicants will receive a maximum of 30 additional CRS points. This is why IRCC needs to update the CRS scores of each EE candidate.

After this update is done, EE candidates may expect the draw to return to its regular bi-weekly intervals.

Canada has come up with a historic Immigration Levels Plan 2021-2023. This announcement is proof of IRCC’s plans to bring the EE operations back on track.

Under this new plan, Canada will focus on welcoming more than 400,000 newcomers every year. Out of these, around 110,000 will enter the country through the EE programs between 2021 and 2023.

The purpose behind changes to the CRS score is to inspire more French-speaking skilled workers to enter various communities in Canada. There are two official languages in Canada, English, and French.

Thus, Canada focuses to maintain a strong Francophone character. The country achieves this by inviting more French-speaking immigrants.

Quebec has its own immigration system with similar objectives. At the federal level, IRCC has a directive to further boost immigration to every province and territory.

IRCC seeks to include 4.4% of the total annual immigrants with French-speaking newcomers. This number is a target for all the provinces except Quebec. Currently, this number stands at 2.8%. The primary motive behind the change in the CRS scores is to help IRCC achieve this goal.

EE is the primary gateway for Canada to manage its skilled worker applications. They manage applications for the Federal Skilled Trades Program, Canadian Experience Class, and Federal Skilled Worker Program.

All the successful applicants receive an invitation to apply (ITA) for permanent residence. This year, Canada issued 82,850 ITAs. It is much higher compared to any previous year since the launch of EE in 2015.

Since Canada will now aim to welcome more than 400,000 immigrants every year, the number of ITAs will grow.

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