New Express Entry Draw

New Express Entry Draw Sent 4,750 Invites For PR-November 9


Today, Express Entry Draw invited 4,750 profiles to apply for permanent residency (PR). Applicants having a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 494 or above received the invitations.

CRS cut off score has reduced by only 2 points as compared to Express Entry draw two weeks ago. Furthermore, number of invites remained same as in the previous draw. This is the 10th all program Express Entry draw this year.

Below are the details of new All Program Express Entry draw.

  • Number of invitations issued: 4,750
  • Rank required to be invited to apply: 4,750 or above
  • Date and time of round: November 09,2022 14:21:26 UTC
  • CRS score of lowest-ranked candidate invited: 494
  • Tie-breaking rule: June 06,2022 20:48:23 UTC

All program Express Entry draws include all the the Express Entry profiles under Canadian Experience Class (CEC), Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), and Federal Skilled Trades (FST). Additionally, it also consider profiles under any of the aforementioned categories having a provincial nomination.

Next Express Entry draw cut off is projected to be around 490 as per CRS score distribution of candidates in the Express Entry pool as of November 7, 2022 listed below.



CRS score distribution of candidates in the Express Entry pool as of November 7, 2022

Express Entry CRS Score Distribution

Latest processing time for Express Entry as of November 9?

  • Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) via Express Entry – 14 months
  • Canadian Experience Class – 19 months
  • Federal Skilled Worker Program – 27 months
  • Federal Skilled Trades Program – 49 months

Full List Of Canada Express Entry Draws In 2022

DateImmigration programInvitations issuedCRS Score Cut-Off
October 26, 2022No Program Specified4,750496
October 12, 2022No Program Specified4,250500
September 28, 2022No Program Specified3,750504
September 14, 2022No Program Specified3,250510
August 31, 2022No Program Specified2,750516
August 17, 2022No Program Specified2,250525
August 3, 2022No Program Specified2,000533
July 20, 2022No Program Specified1,750542
July 6, 2022No Program Specified1,500557
June 22, 2022Provincial Nominee Program636752
June 8, 2022Provincial Nominee Program932796
May 25, 2022Provincial Nominee Program590741
May 11, 2022Provincial Nominee Program545753
April 27, 2022Provincial Nominee Program829772
April 13, 2022Provincial Nominee Program787782
March 30, 2022Provincial Nominee Program919785
March 16, 2022Provincial Nominee Program924754
March 2, 2022Provincial Nominee Program1,047761
February 16, 2022Provincial Nominee Program1,082710
February 2, 2022Provincial Nominee Program1,070674
January 19, 2022Provincial Nominee Program1,036745
January 5, 2022Provincial Nominee Program392808
Express Entry Draws – 2022

What is Express Entry?

Express Entry system is the fastest way to get Canadian Permanent Residency (PR). It has processing time of 6 months after submission of documents following the ITA.

The Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS), a points-based methodology, is used by Express Entry to rate applicant profiles. The highest-scoring applicants are given an Invitation to Apply (ITA), after which they can submit an application for permanent residence.

The Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), the Canadian Experience Class (CEC), and the Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP) all use Express Entry as their application management system (FSTP).

Candidates for the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) who are in the Express Entry pool are already qualified for at least one of these programmes.

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  • Express Entry Glitch Invited Some Ineligible Profiles In Latest Draw

    With the implementation of the new TEER system on November 16, IRCC Express Entry management system has reflected several glitches. In addition, many lawyers and immigration specialist have voiced their concerns about the ongoing IRCC glitches. 

    Certain Express Entry profiles didn’t receive an invitation to apply (ITA) in November 23 draw; although, they had CRS score above the declared cut off. While some ineligible profiles got the invite because some profiles received additional CRS points that they were not entitled to.

    This article highlights some of the glitches in the Express Entry system that has affected the system after implementation of new TEER system on November 16. 



    Glitches in the Express Entry system

    Ottawa based Immigration lawyer Tamara Mosher-Kuczer highlighted some of the glitches in the Express Entry system. She mentions that since November 16, there have been “serious” Express Entry glitches. 

    As a result of these glitches, some applicants did not receive an invitation to apply in the latest Express Entry draw, which has had severe consequences for some applicants. 

    “IRCC should own up to the errors, apologize to those in the pool, and ideally find some way to rectify for those seriously impacted,” says Tamara.

    The applicants who did not receive an invitation in the latest Express Entry draw had a Comprehensive Ranking Score (CRS) above the minimum required score to receive an invitation. However, they were not invited. 

    Another glitch was that the applicants did not get the points for their spouse’s Canadian work experience. Generally, applicants receive 70 CRS points for a spouse’s Canadian work experience. 

    Furthermore, some applicants were marked eligible for the Canadian Experience Class and received an invitation to apply, but they did not possess the Canadian work experience to be eligible. 

    In addition, certain applicants received additional CRS points that they were not qualified for and were invited to apply based on those invalid scores. 

    IRCC is yet to respond to glitches

    IRCC is yet to respond to these ongoing glitches. Recently, several applications process has been moved online for faster processing. Yet, they continue to pose problems in the portal. 

    Good news is that certain Express Entry profiles just got lucky because of the above mentioned glitch. However, bad news is that certain deserving Express Entry profiles were left out in the latest Express Entry draw.

    We will continue to update you if there is any future update on the ongoing glitches in the Express Entry system to help you prepare for your immigration journey. 


  • Understanding New Changes To Express Entry With Bill C19 – All You Need To Know

    As Bill C-19 receives royal assent, the Express Entry system will undergo several amendments. These new amendments will bring changes to the Comprehensive Ranking System used to evaluate and rank individuals in the pool.  

    Express Entry includes all major economic immigration categories, such as the Canadian Experience Class, the Federal Skilled Worker Program, the Federal Skilled Trades Program, and a component of the Provincial Nominee Program, which will experience changes under Bill C-19 in 2023.  

    Another impact would be on the expression of interest that selects top-ranking candidates through regularly released Ministry instructions. These candidates are later invited to complete an immigration application.  

    To help you prepare for the new changes, below is the summary of amendments in Bill C-19 to the Express Entry system and fee waiver for some IRCC applications. 



    Summary of Bill C-19 Amendments To Express Entry

    Express Entry Selection based on new groups and categories 

    The new amendment will include ministerial instructions to bring additional filters to the Express Entry pool based on groups and categories rather than only immigration class. The ministerial instructions serve as the foundation for the rounds of invites.

    Express Entry ITAs to specify the stream in which the applicant must apply

    Another amendment is to create new categories with eligibility requirements for the purpose of ranking. Wherein if a foreign national qualifies for more than one class, the invitation to apply for permanent residence should specify the stream in which the applicant must apply. 

    Minister to specify an economic goal with each category 

    The new amendment also requires the Minister to specify in the instruction the economic goal that the newly established category will support. 

    Applicants who have lost points due to age can receive a permanent resident visa 

    The amendment establishes exclusions that allow Express Entry permanent residence visas to be given to candidates who have received an invitation to apply but would otherwise have lost eligibility due to changes in their circumstances. 

    For example, suppose an applicant has aged and lost points or lost qualification but has maintained a score equal to the minimum required to rank in the invitation round. In that case, they may be awarded a visa or other documents. 

    Minister’s report to include established category for foreign nationals

    The amendment adds that the Minister’s annual report to Parliament must include instructions to establish any category for foreign nationals in Express Entry. These instructions should include the economic goal it supports and the number of invitations issued under this category. 

    More details on Bill C-19 will be revealed, along with the new exact categories, its eligibility criteria in coming months.

    Changes Under Bill C-19 For Fees Of Some Applications

    The Canada Gazette typically outlines regulations and publishes immigration fees. However, for any changes in immigration fees, they need to go through regulatory impact analysis and have stakeholder input before implementation.  

    Moreover, processing applications for a temporary resident visa, a permanent resident visa, a work permit, a study permit, an extension of an authorization to remain in Canada as a temporary resident, and an authorization to stay 59 Bill C-19 in Canada as a permanent resident are already exempt from the Service Fees Act.

    Other fees for services, such as those associated with processing applications based on humanitarian and compassionate considerations, are exempt. These include applications submitted under public policy, services to obtain travel documents for permanent residents, including permanent resident cards, and services associated with the processing of applications to sponsor members of the family class.

    With Bill C-19, the following new service fees would become exempt:

    • Authorization for a permanent resident to return to Canada;
    • Rehabilitation for determining criminality and serious criminality 
    • Temporary status restoration and 
    • Temporary resident permits

  • Know Immigration Options For Applicants Awaiting CEC Draw

    Immigration Options For Applicants Waiting For CEC-Only Draw. On November 9, the latest Express Entry draw invited 4,750 candidates from all Express Entry programs, including Federal Skilled Worker, Canadian Experience Class (CEC), and Federal Skilled Trades. The cut-off threshold for this draw was 494 CRS points. 

    As cut-offs continue to stay high for Express Entry, several international students and work permit holders are hoping for Canadian Experience Class-only draws. Although, it remains uncertain whether there will be a CEC-only draw. Or there will be options for international students and work permit holders, as emphasized by Immigration Minister Sean Fraser in his recent report.

    Recently, minister Fraser said he is looking for options to give more points to Canadian experience in the Express Entry, but actual details are not finalized yet. However, if you are someone hoping for CEC-only draws, this article will help you understand your options and plan. 



    Understanding the CRS breakdown 

    The CRS score cut-off in the last two Express Entry draw finally dropped below 500 points. However, given previous trends, the CRS score cut-off will likely stay high for the upcoming draws, given that CRS only dropped by 2 points in the latest draw.

    However, no one can accurately predict all upcoming CRS score cut-offs. It is because many distinct factors affect the CRS score cut-off; each factor remains unpredictable and impacts the cut-offs in various ways. These factors are: 

    Other options for international students and work permit holders 

    If you are waiting for CRS score cut-offs to lower, you may want to consider some other options. It may be best to wait for the CRS score to reduce, but if you are at risk of becoming out of status, here are 3 options you can consider. 

    1. Applying for PNP

    Most often, PNP requires you to have a connection to the province. However, you could consider the following programs that do not require you to have a specific connection to the province, but you may need a job offer. New Immigration levels plan clearly states that provincial nominee programs have target of inviting 105,500 candidates in 2023.

    Newfoundland and Labrador International Graduate

    You could be qualified to apply for a provincial nomination under this program if you’ve completed a post-secondary program of at least two years’ duration anywhere in Canada. Still, you’re now employed in Newfoundland and Labrador. Graduates employed in Newfoundland and Labrador for at least a year on a post-graduate work permit are eligible for the program.

    B.C International Graduate

    This program can be possible if you have completed a post-secondary degree anywhere in Canada and presently hold a job offer from a company in British Columbia. To be eligible, you also need two years of full-time work experience in a similar role to the job offer. 

    Ontario ONIP Job Offer-International Students stream

    You may qualify for this PNP if you have a valid job offer from an Ontario employer and have completed a post-secondary program in Canada. Your Canadian education must have been for a study program that lasted at least two years or a one-year course with a prior necessary degree requirement. 

    2. Getting an LMIA Work Permit 

    If you have worked for a specific employer for a long time, you may ask them to support you with a LIMA. Although the process may be complex, with a valid job offer, you can get more points under the Comprehensive Ranking System. 

    There are currently more than 4,400 LMIA approved job postings in Canada. Click here to find LMIA approved jobs.

    3. Returning to School

    Lastly, you may consider returning to school if you are running out of all options and only need to extend your stay until CRS score cut-offs drop. It is an expensive option, but it can definitely prevent you from leaving Canada. It may help you maintain your status and extend your stay in Canada. 


  • New TEER System Implements Next Week – All You Need To Know

    On November 16, next week, IRCC will implement the new National Occupation Classification (NOC) 2021, the Training, Education, Experience, and Responsibilities (TEER) system. With this implementation, several changes are coming to the Express Entry system. 

    These changes will impact Express Entry eligibility. For example, 16 NOC C occupations will become eligible for Express Entry. Additionally, it will also be implemented by all the provincial nominee programs (PNPs). For e.g., 12 NOC codes will become ineligible for the Atlantic Immigration Program (AIP)

    Another change is in the eligibility criteria of the Express Entry. As with NOC 2016 system, an applicant needed to have skilled experience, such as in NOC 0, A or B, to qualify for Express Entry. Next week, with the implementation of NOC 2021, the eligibility criteria for Express Entry will change. 

    In this article, you can learn about the upcoming changes in the Express Entry system with the implementation of the new NOC c or the TEER system.  



    What is the new NOC 2021 and the TEER system?

    Canada uses NOC, National Occupation Classification, as a national standard for identifying occupations. After every ten years, the Canadian federal government updates NOC to reflect the country’s labour and economic market changes. 

    The old 4-digit “Skill Level” structure will be replaced by the NOC 2021. To illustrate the level of Training, Education, Experience and Responsibilities (TEER) required for a given occupation, new NOC categories are introduced. These new categories include a brand-new five-digit hierarchical structure. 

    Understanding NOC 2021 categorisation and the TEER system

    TEER

    Overview of the new TEER categories 

    TEER 0: This category includes legislative and senior management occupations with significant experience and knowledge and handles responsibility for directing, resource planning and management. 

    TEER 1: This category typically calls for a college/ university degree or prior experience and knowledge in the subject matter from a similar job listed under TEER 2.

    TEER 2: This includes occupations with major safety or supervisory duties and typically need two to three years of post-secondary education or at least two years of apprenticeship training.

    TEER 3: This includes occupations requiring fewer than two years of post-secondary education, on-the-job training, training courses, or work experience of more than six months.

    TEER 4:  Occupations requiring either a high school diploma or no formal education are under TEER 4 category. Applicants with several years of experience in this category may qualify for TEER 3. 

    TEER 5: This category is for occupations without formal education requirements. 

    TEER

    Express Entry eligibility requirements with the new TEER system 

    To continue participating in Express Entry, you must update your profile with the new TEER system if you haven’t received an invitation to apply (ITA) by November 16, 2022.

    Additionally, if you were issued an ITA before November 16, 2022, you must continue to use the NOC 2016 system exclusively.

    For the Canadian Experience Class (CEC), Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), and Federal Skilled Trades Program, IRCC has provided updated NOC 2021 eligibility criteria for Express Entry. To understand eligibility after November 16, see the tables below.

    Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) 

    TEER

    Canadian Experience Class (CEC)

    TEER

    Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP)

    TEER
    TEER

    Occupations that will become eligible & ineligible under the TEER system

    With the implementation of the new TEER system, certain occupations will become eligible under the Express Entry system. Sixteen occupations previously under NOC C will upgrade to TEER 3 next week, making them eligible under Express Entry. 

    However, changes in the NOC will also make 12 occupations ineligible, as some have been moved from NOC C to NOC D, falling under the TEER 5 level. In addition, it will impact applicants under the Atlantic Immigration Program (AIP) that accepts NOC C and above skill levels. 

    Below is the list of occupations that will become eligible and ineligible. 

    16 occupations that will become eligible under Express Entry 

    1. Payroll Administrators
    2. Dental Assistants and dental laboratory assistants
    3. Nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates
    4. Pharmacy technical assistants and pharmacy assistants
    5. Elementary and secondary school teacher assistants
    6. Sheriffs and bailiffs
    7. Correctional service officers
    8. By-lay enforcement and other regulatory officers
    9. Estheticians, electrologists and related occupations
    10. Residential and commercial installers and servicers
    11. Pest controllers and fumigators
    12. Other repairers and servicers
    13. Transport truck drivers
    14. Bus drivers, subway operators and other transit operators
    15. Heavy equipment operators
    16. Aircraft assemblers and aircraft assembly inspectors

    12 occupations that will become ineligible For Atlantic Immigrant Program (AIP) 

    1. Pet groomers and animal care workers
    2. Other support occupations in personal services
    3. Longshore workers
    4. Material handlers
    5. Taxi and limousine drivers and chauffeurs
    6. Delivery service drivers and door-to-door distributors
    7. Boat and cable ferry operators and related occupations
    8. Livestock labourers
    9. Nursery and greenhouse labourers
    10. Trappers and hunters
    11. Food and beverage servers
    12. Labourers in textile processing and cutting

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  • Canada Express Entry System – Know How Much It Costs!

    Express Entry system is the fastest way to get Canadian Permanent Residency (PR). It has processing time of 6 months after submission of documents following the ITA.

    While Canada continues to attract immigrants worldwide, the Express Entry system is still remains most promising. Although the program is widely known, little is discussed about the associated cost when applying under the Express Entry system.  

    This article will help break down the associated cost under the Express Entry system. 

    Cost when applying via Express Entry 

    In general, you would need about $15,500 to immigrate to Canada as an individual candidate. Families with children will need between $25,000 and $30,000, while couples will need about $21,000. 

    The estimated costs associated with immigration are broken down in depth below.



    Language test

    Your language tests are valid for two years. However, your test results must remain valid during your PR application. Below is the cost for language tests in Canada.

     Note that the amount is in Canadian dollars and does not include tax (because it will depend on your location). 

    • CELPIP: $280 
    • IELTS: $300
    • TCF: $460 (plus a non-refundable charge of $75 if the applicant cancels or reschedules)
    • TEF: $440 (plus a non-refundable charge of $75 for the same reason as above). 

    Education Credential Evaluation 

    To confirm that your foreign degree, diploma, or certificate (or another form of credential verification) is legitimate and on par with a Canadian one, you can undergo an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA)

    Note that there are various ECAs; you need to get an ECA for immigration purposes. If you have another type, you may need to reissue it. 

    The estimated cost of ECA is $200, excluding delivery or courier fees. However, most of it depends on the credential assessment organization.  

    Biometrics

    Applicants for permanent residence must enrol their biometrics with each application. However, an applicant is not needed to submit their biometrics for any subsequent temporary residence applications submitted during their permanent residence process once they have supplied biometrics in support of a permanent residence application.

    The cost for biometrics is:

    • For individuals: $85 
    • Couple fee: $170 
    • Cost for three individuals or more (applying together): $225

    Medical Examination 

    You would need to find the list of panel physicians to complete the medical examination for the permanent residency application. 

    To find a panel physician close to your location, you can use IRCC’s link to find a panel physician. The estimated cost of medical examination in Canada can range from $150 CAD to $280 CAD. 

    Application Fees and Success Rates

    According to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), there are fees related to processing your Express Entry applications.

    For an individual application, the application processing fee is $850. While for the application fee with a partner, the cost rises to a total of $1,700. Additionally, for dependent children, the fee is $230 per dependent. 

    As a result, a family of three, for instance, will have to pay $1,930 just to process their applications.

    The Right of Permanent Residence Fee (RPRF), which amounts to $515 extra, will be charged to both adults if the family of three is granted permanent status, bringing the total cost to $2,960.

    Lastly, there could be more associated fees depending on your consultation fee, lawyer costs, admin fees, etc.

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  • Express Entry CEC – Know How IRCC Assesses Your Experience

    Express Entry Canadian Experience Class (CEC) is a permanent residence category for those with skilled work experience in Canada. It helps transition temporary foreign workers and international graduates with qualifying experience to become Canadian permanent residents. 

    However, to assess eligibility and qualifying Canadian experience, IRCC considers several factors. If you are a potential CEC candidate, this article will help you understand:

    • How IRCC Officers Assess CEC Work Experience? 
    • Important Factors To Remember   
    • How do officers determine employment status? 

    How IRCC Officers Assess CEC Work Experience? 

    You must have at least 12 months of full-time, Canadian skilled or equivalent part-time work experience. This experience can be in one or more NOC 0, A or B occupations within 36 months before applying. 

    Moreover, during the employment period, you must meet both of the following requirements as a CEC candidate: 

    • Must have performed the actions outlined in the lead statement for the occupation(s) in the NOC’s occupational description; and 
    • Have performed a significant number of the main duties, including all essential duties, of the occupation(s) as described in the NOC’s occupational description. 

    Remember that any employment period while enrolled as a full-time student will not be counted in calculating the period of qualifying work experience for CEC. For example, the experience gained through co-op, on-campus or off-campus employment when you were a student on a valid study permit does not qualify for CEC. 

    Moreover, officers use the Global Case Management System (GCMS) information to verify the study and work permit information. 



    Important Factors To Remember   

    As a potential CEC candidate, you do not need to be employed at the time of your application. However, you must have held temporary resident status in Canada during the qualifying period of work experience. 

    It is important to note that IRCC does not consider self-employment or unauthorized work towards qualifying work experience calculation. It is because a person who has worked in Canada without authorization may violate the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act and be found inadmissible. 

    Moreover, the work experience acquired while ‘maintained status’ would be considered eligible work experience under CEC. However, provided the applicant continued to work under the same conditions as their original work permit until a decision was made on their application. 

    In most cases, officers make an allowance of a reasonable period of vacation time when calculating qualifying work experience. For example, 52 weeks generally would have two weeks of paid vacation leave. 

    However, the allowance for normal vacation time during a period of qualifying work experience may not substitute for meeting the in-Canada component of the work experience requirement. 

    Meaning the work experience obtained outside Canada will not be considered as though the applicant had been on a period of vacation as part of the period of in-Canada work experience. 

    While officers will consider a reasonable amount of vacation time when calculating the period of qualifying work experience in Canada, each application is considered on its own merits, with a final decision based on a review of all information available to the officer at the time of decision.

    How do officers determine employment status? 

    As a CEC applicant, you must demonstrate to an IRCC officer that you meet all the program requirements. In addition, as mentioned earlier, any period of self-employment does not count toward the qualifying work experience required under the CEC.

     As a result, the CEC requires applicants to demonstrate that they gained skilled work experience in Canada through authorized third-party employment. 

    The T-4 slip is important documentary evidence to prove you had a valid employer-employee relationship and third-party employment. Hence, ensure that you include T-4 slips in your application.   

    To demonstrate you meet all CEC requirements, you can submit the following documentary evidence of Canadian work experience:

    • Copy of your most recent work permit (unless you are work-permit exempt)
    • Copies of your most recent T4 tax information slips and Notice of Assessment (NOA) issued by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA)
    • Employer letters of reference for all periods of qualifying work experience
    • Or a sufficient combination of other supporting documentation

    The regulations do not require CEC applicants to submit a T4 tax information slip or NOA specifically with their application. Therefore, these records are not the only form of proof that is accepted to demonstrate whether an applicant has the necessary amount of Canadian work experience. 

    As a result, without a T4 tax information slip or NOA, documents that could support the applicant’s work history in Canada include:

    • Work contracts
    • Pay stubs 
    • A record or letter of employment from the Canadian employer

    Source: IRCC


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