In the future, however, IRCC is considering holding Express Entry draws with the sole intention of targeting skilled immigrants instead of solely relying on CRS scores. While talking to the CIC news in June, Sean Fraser insisted that the strategy will help the IRCC to select immigrants who will add value to the labor market.

During the presser, he said, “The goal is really to maximize the contribution that a newcomer can make in their communities, so they’re set up for success when they arrive, but also that the immigrants are going to meet the needs of the community where they’re going to reside.”

What is Express Entry?

It is an application management system by the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada for the following Canadian immigration programs: the Canadian Experience Class (CEC), the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) and the Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP). On the other hand, Provincial Nominee Program candidates in the Express Entry pool are already fit for application through any of these programs.

The Express Entry program uses a point-based system called the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). The system helps the agency to rank the candidates’ scores and help them determine those who are suitable for Invitation to Apply (ITA).

After the application, an officer reviews a candidate’s application before making the final decision on whether the applicant is fit or not. In some situations, the IRCC officer will ask for biometrics from the applicant and, in other instances, request an interview or further documentation. Once the procedure is done, the candidate becomes a permanent resident if their application is approved.

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