Last week, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) held its first all-program Express Entry draw since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.
Prior to Canada imposing travel restrictions to help contain the spread of COVID-19, the federal government was considering all eligible candidates during its bi-weekly Express Entry draws.
This meant that eligible Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), Canadian Experience Class (CEC), Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP), and Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) candidates all had a chance to secure an invitation to apply (ITA) for permanent residence if their CRS score met IRCC’s cut-off requirement.
Once Canada introduced coronavirus travel restrictions, however, IRCC began to hold PNP- and CEC-specific draws, much to the disappointment of FSWP and FSTP candidates.
In 2019, the FSWP accounted for 45 per cent of all ITAs issued by IRCC. The PNP came in second at 36 per cent, followed by the PNP at 18 per cent, and the FSTP at 1 per cent.
Fortunately, last week’s draw provides plenty of good news.
Source: CIC News