FSWP and CEC invitations to resume in 2022, as IRCC evaluates Express Entry options: Another interior notice by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) states the office stays uncertain on its Express Entry plans during the current year. However, invitations to FSWP and CEC candidates will continue “later in 2022.”
The notice was submitted to IRCC’s Deputy Minister on January 21, 2022. The Deputy Minister is the most senior non-political authority in every Canadian government office. Not at all like the Minister, who is a chosen official entrusted with doing the public authority’s political plan, the Deputy Minister is liable for giving the public authority technocratic guidance.
FSWP and CEC invitations | Express Entry Options
The Canadian Government has recently released a draft that would allow 451,000 new immigrants by 2024. In a statement given to media outlets, Minister Sean Fraser gave their plan for the new upcoming immigrant’s elevation.
Key components of the memo introduced by IRCC includes:
- Invitation to apply rounds for Federal Skilled Worker Program, Canadian Experience Class, and Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP) candidates will resume later in 2022.
- IRCC will extend its temporary pause on invitations to FSWP, CEC, and FSTP candidates until March 31st. While continuing Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) invitations.
- The continued pause will allow IRCC to address its inventory backlogs. The full length of the pause will need to be determined by IRCC’s evolving priorities.
- IRCC will return to the Deputy Minister in March with a plan for the future of Express Entry invitations. This plan will be to determine a timeline and volume to align with the Immigration Levels Plan 2022-24 and processing time objectives.
- IRCC acknowledges candidates in the Express Entry pool, including those holding work permits due to expiration, will continue to face uncertainty in the short term.
- The backlog growth of Express Entry applications is due to the pandemic and IRCC focusing on landing in-Canada candidates to achieve its 401,000 immigration target in 2021. The backlog has caused IRCC’s average application processing times to exceed its 6-month service standard for Express Entry.
- IRCC would need to reduce the Express Entry backlog by more than half in order to achieve the 6-month service standard for new applicants.
Note: IRCC stills states that the Express Entry Processing time will be 6 months
From March 2020 till now
As of recently, Express Entry was the primary way Canada invited economic class foreigners. Before the pandemic, IRCC regularly held biweekly Express Entry draws welcoming the most elevated scoring applicants. These invitations were held independent of their qualification program, to apply for permanent residency in Canada. Most of the invitations went to FSWP and CEC applicants, while somewhere around one percent went to FSTP applicants.
In March 2020, when the pandemic started, IRCC first held draws where it just welcomed CEC and PNP applicants. The reasoning was that considering COVID-19 interruptions including Canada’s limitations traveling, IRCC felt it seemed OK to welcome CEC candidates. since they were generally liable to have the option to progress to an extremely Canada PR given they for the most part resided in Canada. PNP attracts happened to assist with supporting the work market requirements of areas and domains the nation over. Later in the year, IRCC additionally welcomed FSWP up-and-comers in its Express Entry draws.
However, in January 2021, IRCC stopped FSWP invitations, followed by announcing the largest CEC draw. Canada immigration also implemented the TR2PR program starting from May and ending in November to enable more inland essential workers and international graduates for permanent residency in Canada. The increase in CEC invitations and TR2PR programs swelled the backlog. And due to this, the deadlines started increasing for the completion of the process.
In the past 2 weeks, IRCC processed around 4000 candidates in the FSWP backlogs. As compared to how they will deal with it in 2021, this is considered faster. In 2021, it took around 7 months to process the same number of files. Moreover, considering this pace, IRCC could see to reduce the backlog by half by May 2022. However, it will not guarantee the resuming of FSWP and CEC draws.
Target for 0 backlog for CEC
As per the current status, just over 10000 applicants are left in the CEC backlog. Hence, IRCC can bring the backlog to 0 for CEC applications by this Spring. Moreover, IRCC completed 2000 CEC backlog files in the last 2 weeks.
Sean Fraser: FSWP & CEC Program
As of now, it is expected to see the majority of PNP draws, however, as per the announcement made by Immigration minister Sean Fraser. Canada will soon be resuming the other draws such as FSWP (Federal Skilled Worker Program), CEC (Canadian Experience Class) and FSTP (Federal Skilled Trades Program). Additionally, Express entry targets for skilled workers will be halved. Canadian Minister Stated in a webinar that IRCC would resume draws for skilled workers “ shortly”
Canada is hoping to bring 83,500 foreigners through both Express Entry and PNP bases in 2022. Additionally, the new objective is more than the public authority projected in the past plans which were 81,500 PNP migrants for 2022 and 83,000 PNP workers for 2023.
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