CANADA KEY REASON FOR LATE EXPRESS DRAW HELD ON 2ND AUGUST AFTER LAST DRAW OF 12TH JULY BECAUSE IT HAS ANNUAL INTAKE OF 71,700 THIS YEAR OUT OF WHICH DRAWS APPROX 55000 ALREADY HELD UNTIL 12TH JULY 2017
Key Reasons for the Slowed Pace of Express Entry Draws
The last or draw of Federal Express Entry system launched on 12 July 2017 and since then it has been a long wait for the applicants. Usually, the Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) launch the express entry draws fortnightly (every 15 days) basis. However, for the last two draws, the trend has not been followed by IRCC and draws, in fact, were launched very late.
Earlier the EE draw trends used to break in terms of pre-launch of the draw, however, now it’s otherwise. It has been a matter of surprise for many applicants, especially after the incredible performance by Express Entry in the first half of the year.
There are multiple factors behind the slow pace of Express Entry draws.
Annual Immigration Target Factor
Firstly, Canada has an immigration target of 71,700 invitations for Skilled Workers as per their Annual immigration plan 2017. This number includes candidates to be invited from all the below three categories of Express Entry System, i.e.
Federal Skilled Worker Class (FSW)
Federal Skilled Trades Class (FST)
Canadian Experience Class (CEC)
However, until July 12, 2017, close to 55,000 candidates have already been invited for Canadian Permanent Residency (PR) by IRCC, courtesy massive draws of express entry this year. This year IRCC has followed a pattern of about 3,000 invitations per express entry draw.
Now, as per the express entry draw frequency (fortnightly draws), close to 11 EE draws are remaining this year. Hence, it is explicable as to why the pace or frequency of express entry draws has been slowed by the Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC)- the federal immigration department of Canada.
Provincial Nominee Program Factor
Meanwhile, Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) are doing a good job in terms of inviting and selecting the fair amount of candidates for provincial nomination, so that they can subsequently get the PR in Canada. So, when the express entry draws go slow, PNPs of Canada took the charge and issue invitations to the significant number of candidates.
What Canada immigration applicants need to do this juncture?
Well, apart from playing a waiting game, you can do some futuristic things. First of all, if you are not receiving invitation due to low CRS score, you can take steps to improve your points to be in a better position to get ITA (Invitation to apply) for Canadian PR from IRCC.