IRCC Considering To Roll-Out Express Entry Draws Based on Occupations & Other Categories
- IRCC release significant changes in the express entry draw
- Priority to International graduates
- Candidates who are proficient in French
- Priority to temporary skilled workers
In 2023, there will be significant changes to the Express Entry draws held by Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). In order to better address Canada's economic needs and labor shortages, IRCC recently held a consultative meeting with the general public and stakeholders.
The reason for the change is the government intends to create Express Entry categories that focus on important characteristics such as educational background, professional experience, or proficiency in an official language rather than relying solely on the high CRS score.
A brief about Express Entry
Express Entry is Canada's biggest and most Popular Immigration Gateway for all kinds of skilled workers. It is a point-based Online system that manages the applications of skilled workers across the globe who are willing to apply for Permanent Resident in Canada.
It takes care of three broad categories of application
- Federal skilled worker program
- Federal skilled trade program
- Canadian experience class
Eligible candidates who apply for PR under these programs are given a CRS score, and those with high CRS scores are sent ITA (Invitation to apply) for PR.
IRCC's consultation hasn't yielded concrete results, but below are some insights into what IRCC is considering for Express Entry's future.
Possible Categories for Selection of Candidates by IRCC
1. The IRCC is considering adding a category for work experience in some professions that have a persistent labour shortage, such as cooks, food service supervisors, computer programmers, administrative officers, restaurant and food service managers, financial auditors, and accountants.
2. IRCC is considering creating a category focusing on transitioning international graduates to permanent residence. For instance, graduates from Designated Learning Institutions with a degree or diploma in a field that is in demand could be included in a new Express Entry category.
International students who are well-versed in one official language with Canadian educational qualification and work experience will be placed for permanent economic immigration.
In the year 2021, 88000 international students obtained PR, transitioning as a students, Canada is prioritizing as students are often in their core working-age years, meaning they will be able to contribute to Canada’s economy for years to come.
3. IRCC is also considering creating a category that would enable temporary foreign workers to become permanent residents via express entry. During the consultation, stakeholders raised concerns about why the current pathways are not able to keep up with the supply of temporary workers, which is crucial to address the Canada’s labour force requirement.
In the year 2021, however, 68,600 individuals changed their status from temporary worker to permanent resident representing 64% of admissions in the economic immigration category.
4. IRCC is considering accepting individuals based on their proficiency in French. This might include sending invites to both bilingual and French-speaking candidates. The government will be able to fill employment vacancies in areas where knowing French is a requirement for a job and maintain Canada's bilingual identity by extending invitations to more Francophone(person who speaks French) applicants through Express Entry.
Capitalizing on The Labor Shortage
Canada’s aging population is one of the reason for change in the express entry. Without increasing the immigration of skilled workers especially in the field of Healthcare could pose serious difficulties.
As the world economy evolves toward greener, digital, and automated industries, some of the most severe labour shortages have become apparent. The skills gaps and rising employment openings in important industries like healthcare, construction, and professional, scientific, and technical services are contributing factors to the shortages. All of these industries demand extensive and specialised training.
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