Express Entry Draw in 2022
Express Entry draw, also known as the rounds of invitations, are held almost every two weeks. These rounds of invitations shortlist Express Entry applicants with a CRS score higher than the lowest cut-off and send them an Invitation to Apply (ITA).
Once your Express Entry profile is assessed and ranked by the Comprehensive Ranking System tool or the CRS calculator in the pool, Express Entry draws will issue you an Invitation to apply if your CRS score is higher than the candidate with the lowest cut off. In case there is a tie, there is a tie-breaker. The current tie breaking rule is based on the date and time the applicants have submitted their applications.
The latest Express Entry draw was held on 22nd of June, 2022 for the Provincial Nominee Program. The lowest CRS score that was issued an ITA was 752. The Express Entry rounds of invitations issued 636 ITAs.
Express Entry Draw- Impact of COVID-19
Express Entry facilitates Canada immigration under three programs:
- Federal Skilled Workers- skilled workers with eligible foreign work experience.
- Canadian Experience Class: skilled workers with eligible Canadian work experience.
- Federal Skilled Trades program: skilled workers adept in a skilled trade.
Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic led to a total lockdown and caused various traveling restrictions. Consequently, the Express Entry draws for these programs were paused. The draws for Canadian Experience Class (CEC) were put on hold in September 2021. The last draw for CEC was held on 14th September, 2021, where 2000 ITAs were issued and the lowest CRS score to get an ITA was 462.
Similarly, the Express Entry draws for the Federal Skilled Workers and the Federal Skilled Trades program have not been held since December 2020. Thus, since 15th September, 2021, the Express Entry draws have taken place only for the Provincial Nominee Program.
Express Entry draws in 2022- Latest news and developments.
As the world is finally recovering from the debilitating impact of the pandemic, the Express Entry draws too are set to resume for all programs on 6th July, 2022. According to the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), Sean Fraser has declared that Express Entry draws will be held for all the three programs on and after Wednesday, July 6, 2022. Thus, immigrants who are now eligible under any one of the three Express Entry Programs will be able to participate in the upcoming Express Entry draws. This will exponentially help in clearing the backlog of immigration applications for Canada PR caused due to COVID-19 restrictions.
Another major development regarding the Express Entry draws in 2022 is that the IRCC has assured that the frequency of the draws will resume to normalcy. Furthermore, the processing time of the Express Entry applications will also resume to be within 6 months.
Express Entry Draws in 2022.
Below is the list of the Express Entry draws that have been held this year so far. The draws were held only for the Provincial Nominee Program. So far, 10,789 ITAs have been issued. The highest CRS score till now has been 808 points. The CRS scores have been on the higher side since the applicants under the Provincial Nominee Program category are awarded 600 additional points by the CRS calculator. Thus, most of them score higher CRS points, leading the cut off to be higher than usual. As soon as the draws for all the Express Entry will resume, the CRS score is likely to return to its usual range.
|Draw no.||Date||ITAs Issued||CRS cut off|
As evident by the table, the highest number of ITAs was 1082, issued in the 216th Express Entry draw. The CRS cut-off for this round of invitation was 710. The lowest number of ITAs issued was 392, in the 213th draw with the cut-off being the highest, at 808 points.
As the world regains normalcy, there will be major shifts and changes in the Express Entry draws. Most likely, it will be a golden opportunity to get an ITA and you must make the most out of it. Ensure you have all your language tests, ECA reports, and other mandatory documents ready. In case you do not have good scores in language tests, improve them to add to your CRS score. The time is ripe to prepare yourself well for everything Express Entry will offer you in the very near future.
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