In its latest all-program Express Entry Draw on Sep, 28, Canada invites 3750 candidates with CRS scores 504 and above.
3750 candidates eligible for the Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP), Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), and Canadian Experience Class (CEC) received invitations in the seventh all-program Express Entry draw. The CRS scores for the draw were lower than the last Express Entry draw.
There is a constant increase in invitations over the previous draw. The August 31 and September 14 draws invited 2,750 and 3,250 candidates, respectively. Interestingly, the CRS scores are reducing with each subsequent Express Entry draw.
There was a break in the Express Entry draws from December 2020 because of COVID-19-related travel restrictions like border closures. There was a backlog in Express Entry applications, as Canada sent invitations only to candidates under the Provincial Nominee Program and the Canadian Experience Class. IRCC put a brake on Express Entry draws for CEC on September 21.
According to the latest data by Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada, there is a fall in the backlog between July and August. Canada reduced the backlog to 2.6 million from 2.7 million for all applications. There is an approximate decrease of 10,000 applications by the end of August. The reduction refers to the six weeks in July and August.
There are over fifty percent applications under Provincial Nominee Programs in the current inventory of Express Entry applications. Canada has an ambitious target of welcoming over 300,000 newcomers. The targets are justifiable with a present job vacancy rate of 5.7 percent and a large population of baby boomers retiring in the coming decade.