Canada invites 4,750 candidates to most recent Express Entry draw

On November 23, Canada held its most recent All-Program Express Entry draw.

This is the eleventh draw since the resumption of draws for all events on 6 July.

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) issued invitations to 4,750 candidates with a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 491. Qualified candidates were invited from the Canadian Experience Classes (CEC), the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) and the Federal. Skilled Trades Program (FSTP). All are programs that operate under the Express Entry system.

In December 2020 all Program Express Entry draws were suspended for over 18 months. The draw was put on hold due to a backlog in applications due to COVID-19 related travel restrictions. During this period, Invitations to Apply (ITAs) were issued only to CEC or Provincial Nominated Program (PNP) candidates. However, in September 2021, IRCC stopped the draw of CEC as well.

The number of ITAs in this draw is the same as the previous two on 9 November and 26 October. The CRS score continues to drop by two or three points with each round.

Change in NOC

On 16 November, IRCC introduced NOC 2021, an amendment to NOC 2016, the National Occupation Classification (NOC) system, which is used to determine the profession and skill level of an Express Entry candidate.

The new system classifies occupations based on the training, education, experience and responsibility (TEER) involved. The new TEER system has modified the skill level 0-E of NOC 2016 and created five TEERS equivalent to it.

NOC 2016 NOC 2021
skill type 0 tier 0
skill level a tier 1
skill level b tier 2
skill level b tier 3
skill level c tier 4
skill level d tier 5

With the introduction of the TER system, 16 new businesses are now eligible for Express Entry, while three businesses have become ineligible. Ineligible occupations may still be acceptable under other economic immigration routes, such as provincial nomination programs.

The introduction of new occupations aims to target sectors in which Canada is currently experiencing skilled labor shortages, such as technology, health care and truck drivers.

Here are the 16 new eligible businesses.

  • payroll administrator
  • Dental Assistant and Dental Laboratory Assistant
  • nurse assistants, orderlies, and patient service aides
  • Pharmacy Technical Assistant & Pharmacy Assistant
  • Primary and Secondary School Teacher Assistant
  • sheriff and bailiff
  • correctional service officer
  • Deputy Law Enforcement and Other Regulatory Officers
  • Estheticians, Electrologists and Related Professions
  • Residential and Commercial Installers and Servicers
  • Pest Controller and Fumigator
  • other repairers and servicers
  • transport truck driver
  • Bus drivers, subway operators, and other transit operators
  • heavy equipment operator
  • Aircraft Assembler and Aircraft Assembly Inspector

Express Entry likely to change in 2023

In late 2022 and early 2023, candidates can expect the Express Entry draw to continue and CRS score to be the main deciding factor in issuing ITAs.

However, starting in 2023, the recently passed Bill C-19 means the IRCC will have the authority to conduct targeted draws. The criteria for obtaining an ITA may vary between draws depending on Canada’s most pressing economic need.

For example, a person can obtain an ITA based on their occupation, education, or language abilities. Immigration Minister Sean Fraser has said these targeted draws will better position new permanent residents on the path to success while also ensuring immediate gaps in Canada’s workforce are filled.

What is Express Entry?

Express Entry is the application management system for three Canadian immigration programs: the Canadian Experience Classes (CEC), the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) and the Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP). Provincial Nominated Program (PNP) candidates in the Express Entry pool are already eligible for at least one of these programs.

Express Entry uses the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS), a points-based system, to rank candidates’ profiles. Top scoring candidates receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) and can then apply for permanent residence.

After a candidate applies, an IRCC official reviews the application and decides whether they are approved. Once this is completed, if approved, the candidate is now a permanent resident of Canada and one step closer to becoming a Canadian citizen.

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