Canada Express Entry Draw Report- 2021
What we can expect from Canada’s Immigration Policies over the next 12 months?The corona virus pandemic is expected to continue to play a major role in all Canadian immigrants in 2022. Due to the pandemic, Canada continues to renew its travel ban. In addition, the backlog has increased and Canada’s guidelines for prioritizing applicants within Canada have changed. Despite the pandemic, however, the Canadian government has remained committed to its three-fold immigration policy objectives of strengthening the economy, reuniting families, and assisting those with a humanitarian need. During the pandemic, immigration goals were raised and application processing continued. But as the pandemic enters the third calendar year, there is no doubt that COVID will continue to be a major issue affecting Canadian immigrants. With that in mind, here’s an overview of Canada’s top immigrant trends to watch out for over the next 12 months.
Immigration Levels Plan 2022-2024 and 2023-2025Canada is very likely to announce a two-step immigration plan in 2022 that outlines Canada’s goals for new permanent residents and the program for new immigrants to arrive. The current plan is for Canada to accept 411,000 new immigrants in 2022 and 421,000 in 2023. The announcement may take place usually in February and November. Note: these numbers can be revised when the federal government presents a new phased plan.
Express EntryProbably the most special year for Express Entry since its launch in 2015, there are even more significant developments ahead of next year’s Express Entry. Express Entry will only draw candidates for the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) and Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) invited in 2021. This is an exception. But last year it was completely banned from Express Entry Invitations. Currently, it accounts for about 85% of the candidates for the Express Entry Pool.
When will Canada resume Express Entry FSWP draws?Since IRCC does not provide information about Express Entry Plans, it is not possible to predict when IRCC will resume invitations to FSWP candidates. The best guidance at this time is the IRCC memo dated September 2021. This suggests that the department is considering reducing the Express Entry backlog by more than half in order to reach the standard service of Express Entry processing within 6 months before considering re-invitation of FSWP candidates. If IRCC can continue to process applications at its current pace, the Express Entry backlog could be halved in early 2022.
What else can we expect?
- Backlogs: The pandemic has increased IRCC inventories to 1.8 million immigration applications.
- TEER System to Replace NOC Skill Levels: By fall 2022, IRCC and Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) will use the new Training, Education, Experience, and Responsibilities (TEER) system to classify occupations.
- Citizenship applications: The mandate letter reiterates the government’s commitment to make Canadian citizenship applications free, a promise that was made in 2019 before the pandemic forced Canada to shift its immigration priorities.
- Trusted Employer System: For several years the Canadian government has discussed launching a Trusted Employer system for the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP).
- Afghan Refugees: Canada has committed to resettling 40,000 Afghan refugees and this has been one of IRCC’s top priorities since August.
- PGP 2022: IRCC has yet to provide information on the Parents and Grandparents Program (PGP) 2022.
- Travel Rules: Canada’s travel rules continue to evolve in response to the pandemic.