2023 is commencing with some changes to the Express Entry program! Using it’s new authorities; Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada(IRCC) will hold Express Entry draws that invite candidates based on specific aspects instead of just their Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score.

Express Entry and How it Operates!

The Express Entry system provides a faster way to process skilled workers who apply under three economic immigration programs. These three programs are:

  • Federal Skilled Program (FSWP)
  • Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP) and
  • Canadian Experience Class (CEC)

These are the three options you need to know about.

Since Express Entry started using the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) in January 2015, candidates are selected to receive ITAs exclusively based on their score.The CRS evaluates a candidate based on work experience, education and other human capital factors like their age and if they have family living in Canada. Each factor is assigned points and the candidate with the most points is the one that would be selected. Therefore, the candidate with the most points will have a higher chance of receiving an ITA in an Express Entry draw.

As a result of Bill C-19, which was passed in both houses of parliament on June 23rd, these anticipated changes to the program are coming to pass. This Bill gives the immigration minister the power to invite any candidates with any in-demand skills. According to the Immigration minister, the changes to the program will assist Canada in selecting immigrants who are prepared for economic success; though Canada is already competitively ahead, there is still room for improvement.

As per the minister, At present, the Express Entry system could be improved if the economy is facing particular challenges that may be faced in the future. The Express Entry system does not allow them to customize invitations to apply to meet those in-demand qualifications and skills.

IRCC says that the Bill will allow Canada to invite Express Entry candidates on a new basis, one that would support an economic goal identified by the minister. Let’s look a bit into who will be invited

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