Express Entry Strategy for 2022

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IRCC is evaluating the 2022 Express Entry Strategy

Meeting notes between Canadian immigration lawyers and Immigration Minister Sean Fraser add nuance to discussions on Express Entry in 2022.

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is in the process of evaluating the 2022 Express Entry Strategy, according to Immigration Secretary Sean Fraser.

The recent public revelation of an internal IRCC briefing memo, signed on November 24, 2021, has fueled speculation about Canada’s Express Entry strategy for this year. The memo explores the possibility of extending the pause on Express Entry invitations to FSWP, CEC, and FSTP candidates until the middle of this year to give IRCC more time to cut backlogs. However, due to the heavily redacted nature of the memo, much of its context is missing, leaving readers guessing how IRCC will manage Express Entry moving forward. The total immigration application backlog stands at 1.8 million people waiting in the queue as of December 2021, of whom some 120,000 fall under Express Entry.

IRCC has yet to schedule its next FSWP and CEC draws, according to the minister, although they are currently considering their Express Entry draw alternatives for 2022.

In order to decrease its backlogs, Fraser told the CBA that IRCC does not intend to revoke and refund already-submitted permanent residence applications. Since the Canadian government reduced its inventory roughly ten years ago, this has been speculated on social media.

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