Express Entry To Finally Resume FSWP And CEC Draws In July

 Express Entry To Finally Resume FSWP And CEC Draws In July

On 22nd April 2022, thousands of temporary foreign nationals heaved a slight sigh of relief when IRCC announced some of its plans for the near future and offered some solace to foreign workers who were closing in on the expiry of their work status in Canada

Honourable Sean Fraser, Canada’s Minister of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship, came out with a long due, announcement that The Express Entry will resume to Federal Skilled Workers (FSW) and (Canadian Experience Class) CEC draws by “early July.” What is noteworthy here is that a similar announcement was also made earlier in the year when it was announced that these Express Entry draws would start sometime in the spring of 2022. This fresh announcement now pushes back the restart of these draws to summertime.

Minister Fraser also announced that Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) holders would be eligible for an open work permit extension of 18 months from Immigration, Refugees,     and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).

An overview of today’s major announcements

  1. In early July, FSWP, CEC, and FSTP candidates will be able to participate in the Express Entry program once again.
  2. It’s been suggested that a majority of the new Express Entry applications will be completed within six months of submission which is more in sync with the service standards promised for The Express Entry program. Various obstructions caused in the past 2 years to different immigration functions had taken the processing times much higher than normal and was ranging between seven to twenty months.
  3. Beginning this summer, those possessing a PGWP that expires between January and December 2022 will be eligible for an additional open work permit of 18 months. IRCC is working on a more straightforward procedure. The information for the same will be shared “in the coming weeks.” The IRCC estimates that around 95,000 PGWPs will expire in 2022, with up to 50,000 PGWP holders able to apply for the new open work permit.
  4. Applicants will no longer be needed to stay in Canada for the whole processing of their Permanent Residence application.
  5. Applicants who submit an open work permit while waiting for their permanent residency application to be approved will receive work permits until the end of 2024. They will ensure that all applications for permanent residency are completed before applicants need to apply to extend their temporary status again.
  6. Immediate family members listed in a principal applicant’s permanent residence application outside Canada will be qualified for their open work visa to support family reunification.

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