IRCC (Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada) has released an annual report on Express Entry for the year 2022. In 2022, there were 24 Express Entry draws, resulting in 46,539 Invitations to Apply (ITAs). This was a significant decrease from the 114,431 ITAs issued in 2021 due to a pause in draws for Federal High Skilled programs from September 2021 to July 2022. Most ITAs in 2022 were issued to candidates in the Provincial Nominee Program (19,258) and the Canadian Experience Class (18,895). Additionally, 8,386 ITAs were issued to candidates under the Federal Skilled Worker Program, while no ITAs were issued through the Federal Skilled Trades Program.
Candidates with occupations such as software engineers, designers, information systems specialists, computer systems developers, and programmers received the most ITAs. Food service supervisors and cooks were also commonly selected for ITAs.
|Date||Draw Type||Number of ITAs||Minimum CRS|
|Sept 28||Agriculture and agri-food occupations||600||354|
|Sept 27||French language proficiency||500||472|
|Sept 20||Transport occupations||1,000||435|
|Aug 3||Trade occupations||1,500||388|
|Aug 2||French language proficiency||800||435|
|July 12||French language proficiency||3,800||375|
|July 7||French language proficiency||2,300||439|
|July 6||Healthcare occupations||1,500||463|
|July 5||STEM occupations||500||486|
|June 28||Healthcare occupations||500||476|
More than 30,000 ITAs went to residents of Canada, with the remaining ITAs going to candidates from India (3,787) and Nigeria (1,730).
The category-based selection is a new approach introduced in June 2022, allowing the immigration minister to select immigrants based on key attributes aligned with Canada’s economic priorities, such as work experience and French language proficiency. In May 2023, IRCC introduced six new Express Entry categories:
These categories were determined through consultations with stakeholders, IRCC partners, and provincial governments. They are designed to reflect existing streams in the Provincial Nominee Program but allow candidates to apply directly to IRCC for permanent residence.
Express Entry is an application management system encompassing the Federal Skilled Worker Program, the Federal Skilled Trades Program, and the Canadian Experience Class. Eligibility is determined by a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score based on various factors like work experience, language proficiency, occupation, age, and education. The highest-scoring candidates receive Invitations to Apply (ITAs) in Express Entry draws, and successful candidates can apply for permanent residency. IRCC aims to process 80% of Express Entry applications within six months.
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