You also heard Sean Fraser’s comment about the current Express Entry all-program draws. He said they could not attract outsiders who best align with Canada’s most in-demand skills and qualifications.

Our sources indicate that IRCC has not yet decided the writing time on the specific language, educational, or occupational credential categories it intends to use to inform these new draws’ structure. However, the department plans to eventually decide on the new format’s details after consulting multiple stakeholders to tell new classes in Express Entry.

What is the Meaning of This?

By now, we know you are probably wondering what these changes mean. But don’t worry because we have explained everything in this section. For a moment, you might be tempted to think that IRCC might discontinue conducting Express Entry draws. But the truth is that IRCC will continue with this process as usual in the meantime.

Suppose you are an applicant and applied through any of the three Express Entry programs. In that case, you and other applicants will receive various invitations to apply (ITAs) for Canadian PR. This will be based on the applicants’ CRS scores once every two weeks.

Now that we have mentioned CRS scores, what are they? They are Canada’s key driver for picking Express Entry candidates. Currently, they are helpful in ranking Canadian immigration hopefuls based on age, Canadian work experience, and official language proficiency.

However, the changes will start manifesting as early as Q1 2023. By this time, you can expect to see the Express Entry system transitioning from focusing on CRS scores. The focus will shift to conducting draws that let the country welcome immigrants that help it better concentrate on addressing specific labor market needs and weakness areas.

Eventually, Canada aims to strengthen its labor market through these targeted draws while expecting to experience a potential retention rate increase.

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