The first draw of 2022 was held on January 5th and Canada is inviting 392 Express Entry candidates to apply for permanent residence. The Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has only invited Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) candidates.
The draw requires a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 808 points, which is 88 points higher than the previous PNP draw. The IRCC continues to focus on candidates already in Canada on work or study permits instead of new applications to reduce the backlog in applications. According to CIC News the immigration department wants to cut the Express Entry backlog in half before inviting other candidates.
Express Entry eligible occupations may also change this year with the new Training, Education, Experience and Responsibilities (TEER) system coming in. The following chart is taken from Canada.ca to explain the six different levels of TEER from 0 to 5.
What is Express Entry?
According to Canada.ca Express Entry is an online system used to manage immigration applications from skilled workers. The 3 types of programs managed through Express Entry are Canadian Experience Class which is for “skilled workers who have Canadian work experience”, Federal Skilled Worker Program for “skilled workers with foreign work experience” and the Federal Skilled Trades Program for “skilled workers who are qualified in a skilled trade.”
More information about how Express Entry works can be found here.
Government of Canada. (n.d.). Retrieved from canada.ca: https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/immigrate-canada/express-entry/works.html
Immigration.ca. (2022, January 5). Retrieved from immigration.ca: https://www.immigration.ca/canada-issues-392-express-entry-invites-to-pnp-candidates-in-first-draw-of-2022
Miekus, S. T. (2022, January 5). Retrieved from CIC News: Training, Education, Experience and Responsibilities (TEER) system