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Canada has landed more federal skilled workers in 2022 than last year combined. At present, there are still 41000 federal skilled worker applications to be processed.
Similarly, there are about 10400 applications for Canadian experience (the main mode of immigration for international students in the CEC,EE channel) that need to be processed. Within 42 days, IRCC was able to process 4751 CEC applications.
At this rate, IRCC will be able to clear the CEC backlog this spring.
Although Immigration Minister Sean Fraser has not yet set a date for the resumption of the EE channel to resume the draw, he hinted that it could be as early as spring.
The Canadian Immigration Minister said yesterday that IRCC had exceeded its target of approving 147000 permanent residents in the first quarter of 2022. That number has doubled from the same period in 2021, and Canada has welcomed more than 108000 new immigrants this year.
The Canadian Department of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship (IRCC) has invited only 6488 fast-track candidates so far this year, all of them PNP applicants.
Early 2022 is the first quarter with the lowest number of invitations since the launch of Express Entry in 2015.
The fourth quarter of 2021 was the lowest number of invitations in history, when Canada invited only 4735 PNP applicants.
The largest number of invitations appeared in the first seven PNP draw in 2022. On February 16th, 1082 candidates were invited.
The decrease in the number of invitations is due to the backlog of previous EE trials. IRCC stopped drawing lots for CEC candidates in September 2021 because of a backlog that took more than six months to process.
Since IRCC suspended the drawing of lots for federal skilled workers in December 2020, no one in this category has been invited for more than a year.
Before the outbreak, most EE channel drawers were not for specific projects. All applicants for EE, including Federal skilled Workers, Federal Technical Trade Program (FSTP), CEC and PNP, can be invited as long as their scores are high enough.
IRCC sometimes holds a FSTP-specific draw to allow more industry candidates to be invited. Until 2020, only a few lots will be drawn for PNP and CEC alone.
After the outbreak, Canada closed its borders to most countries in March 2020. At the same time, IRCC’s business abroad has also stopped.
Even so, IRCC continued to draw lots for EE channels, and in the following months, IRCC invited only CEC and PNP applicants, and then briefly resumed the draw for federal skilled workers between August and December 2020.
IRCC internal documents show that during the outbreak, Canada focused on converting as many temporary residents as possible into permanent residents, and in 2021, IRCC also introduced an amnesty on May 6 and invited a record number of CEC applicants throughout the year, thus exacerbating the backlog of cases.
As a result, IRCC has suspended the drawing of lots to deal with the backlog and strives to reduce the processing time to the standard length. The absence of new invitations means that there are no new cases to deal with, and the Department of Immigration can focus on clearing the backlog.
At present, the Immigration Department has enough EE applicants waiting to be processed to meet the 2022 immigration target.
It seems that the cold winter of immigration is coming to an end, and the vast number of Chinese workers and overseas students who are ready to emigrate must be prepared.
Nearly 150000 immigrants were approved in the first quarter and 108, 000 new immigrants were welcomed. At this rate, the number of Canadian immigrants is expected to hit another record high this year.