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Express Entry CRS score drops to 496

This is the first time the CRS has dropped below 500 in an all-program draw since December 2020.

On October 26 Canada’s held its most recent all-program Express Entry draw.

This is the ninth draw since all-program draws resumed on July 6.Invitations were issued to 4,750 candidates with a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 496. Candidates from the Canadian Experience Class (CEC), Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) and the Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP) were all eligible to receive invitations. All are programs that operate under the Express Entry system.

Starting in December 2020 Express Entry all-program draws were paused for over 18 months. During the pause, only candidates from the CEC or Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) were issued invitations to apply (ITAs). The draws were paused because of a backlog in applications caused by COVID-19 related travel restrictions. In September 2021, IRCC also paused draws for the CEC.

This draw marks the first time since draws resumed that the CRS has dipped below 500. The last time the score was this low was on December 23, 2020 with a score of 468. After that draw, all-program Express Entry draws were paused to avoid creating a larger backlog of applications for permanent residence.

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Express Entry: What you need to know ahead of July 2022Find out why you should enter the Express Entry pool before all-program draws resume this summer.

Express Entry draws for Federal Skilled Worker Program and Canadian Experience Class candidates are set to resume in early July 2022.    

The announcement was made by Canadian Immigration Minister, Sean Fraser, on April 22.   

It represents a major change in the recent Canadian immigration landscape and comes as very positive news as Express Entry is the primary means by which the Canadian government manages skilled worker applications. 

The onset of the pandemic resulted in a significant decrease in Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada‘s (IRCC) application processing capacity and several policy shifts, among them a temporary pause in all-program Express Entry draws.  

Up until that point, the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) had been Canada’s flagship and most popular economic immigration program for well over 50 years.

Through the FSWP, Canada was admitting tens of thousands of professionals and skilled workers from around the world each year on the basis of the likelihood that they will be able to establish themselves successfully in the Canadian labour market. But since December 2020, in order to reduce the number of applications that were piling up in processing centers, Canada introduced a pause in invitation rounds under the program. 

Months later, the Canadian Experience Class (CEC), another major federal immigration program, faced the same fate and has now not seen a draw since September 2021. 

With Canada having the lowest unemployment rate and the highest number of job vacancies on record, an aging population, and a low birth rate, the importance of reopening the country to qualified skilled workers has now become an ever more pressing goal for the Canadian government.   

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“With the economy growing faster than employers can hire new workers, Canada needs to look at every option so that we have the skills and labour needed to fuel our growth,” said Canada’s Immigration Minister Sean Fraser. 

This is why, by July, Express Entry is poised to once again become Canada’s primary means of attracting international talent. In fact, the Canadian government will gradually increase its annual Express Entry admissions to more than 110,000 immigrants in 2024. 

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The benefits of immigrating to Canada there are a number of reasons why Canada has ranked the #1 country for immigration in the world.

On Friday, Canada announced it is resuming Express Entry draws to all candidates in early July. This will allow more immigrants overseas to pursue their goal of moving to Canada. This is major news since Express Entry is the main way the federal government welcomes skilled immigrants.

Canada has been ranked the top nation for immigration in the world, according to the Anholt-Ipsos Nation Brands Index of 2021. People from all over the world come to Canada to seek a better life. Whether it is for political stability, career prospects, or for the future of their children, Canada is a land of possibilities.


The IRCC’s backlog of applications has surpassed 2.1 million persons.
In just 18 days, the backlog of PR, TR, and citizenship applications at Immigration Canada swelled by over 99,000 persons.

Canada’s immigration backlog has grown beyond 2.1 million across all lines of business as of April 29, according to the latest Canadian government data obtained via email

Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC)’s backlog has progressed as follows since last summer:

  • April 30-May 2, 2022: 2,130,385 persons
  • April 11-12, 2022: 2,031,589 persons
  • March 15 and 17, 2022: 1,844,424 persons
  • February 1, 2022: 1,815,628 persons
  • December 15, 2021: 1,813,144 persons
  • October 27, 2021: 1,792,404 persons
  • July 6, 2021: 1,447,474 persons

The number of persons in IRCC’s inventory has grown by 98,796 in the 18 days between April 11 and April 29. This increase is largely driven by the temporary residence inventory. Over this same period, the permanent residence backlog increased by 638 persons. Between April 12 and May 2, IRCC reduced its citizenship backlog by 258 people.

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The benefits of immigrating to CanadaThere are a number of reasons why Canada is ranked the #1 country for immigration in the world.On Friday, Canada announced it is resuming Express Entry draws to all candidates in early July. This will allow more immigrants overseas to pursue their goal of moving to Canada. This is major news since Express Entry is the main way the federal government welcomes skilled immigrants.Canada has been ranked the top nation for immigration in the world, according to the Anholt-Ipsos Nation Brands Index of 2021. People from all over the world come to Canada to seek a better life. Whether it is for political stability, career prospects, or for the future of their children, Canada is a land of possibilities.Here are some of the reasons why people uproot their lives to live in the north.JobsCanada has long experienced labour shortages, which have been exacerbated by the pandemic. Unemployment rates are at record lows. Meanwhile, job vacancy rates are at record highs with Canada recently reporting more than 900,000 unfilled jobs.Despite the tight labour market, Canada’s economy not only rebounded by the end of 2021, but it also grew from its pre-pandemic state. Canada’s GDP grew 6.7% in the fourth quarter on an annualized basis, exceeding analyst expectations of 6.5%, according to CBC.Stable political systemCanada is considered to be a very stable democracy. In 2020, it ranked number five on the Economist Intelligence Unit’s world democracy index, ahead of all North American nations.Last year, U.S. News named Canada number one in its Best Countries report. Canada took the top score in the report’s Qualify of Life and Social Purpose metrics.SafetyCanada is considered one of the safest destinations in the world. According to insurance provider Berkshire Hathaway Travel Protection‘s 2022 report, Canada is the third safest country in the world, and the Canadian city of Montreal is the number one safest city in the world. These results were determined using a compilation of survey results, along with data on risk, crime, and climate resilience among others.Free health careCanada offers free health care to citizens and permanent residents. Each province and territory has its own health plan that covers different products and services. Newcomers can sign up for their province’s health insurance system and get a health card. Through the public healthcare system, Canadians do not have to pay for most medical and emergency services.Good educationAccording to an OECD report on literacy rates, immigrant students in Canada reported higher reading levels than non-immigrant students. Also, Canadian students were top performers in reading compared to other OECD countries.There is a wide range of universities and colleges in Canada. The University of Toronto, University of British Columbia, McGill University and McMaster University are within the top 100 universities in the world, according to the Times Higher Education.MulticulturalIn 1988, Canada passed the Canadian Multiculturalism Act into law. One of the first of its kind in the world, it enshrined into law the federal government’s commitment to fostering a diverse society.Today, Canada is home to people from more than 200 countries, and a vast range of races, religions, and cultures.More than 100 immigration programsCanada has more than 100 immigration programs for economic-class immigrants alone.This coming July, Canada will once again accept applications from its main immigration programs. These programs are managed by what is called the Express Entry system. People who are eligible for Express Entry are put into a pool of candidates and given a score based on the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). The top-scoring candidates get invited to apply for Canadian permanent residence.It is free to enter the Express Entry pool, and doing so not only provides an opportunity to apply for Canadian immigration, but it also opens eligible candidates up to receive a provincial nomination from an enhanced Provincial Nominee Program (PNP). Those who receive the nomination are effectively guaranteed to receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residence, as it comes with an award of 600 CRS points.Settlement supports for immigrantsCanada offers settlement support to immigrants, starting from before they even arrive in the country. The country spends about $1.7 billion CAD on settlement services every year to support newcomers, more than anywhere else in the world.Immigrants can access settlement services by both Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) and the Ministry of Immigration, Francisation and Integration (MIFI) for Quebec-bound newcomers.There are settlement services funded by multiple levels of government. IRCC at the federal level has about 1,200 service providers across Canada listed on its website.