Canada invited 919 Express Entry candidates to apply for permanent residence on March 30.
Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) only requested Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) candidates in the new invitation round. To be invited, nominees needed to have a Wide Ranking System (CRS) of at least 785. The lowest score was relatively high because PNP hopefuls get an automatic 600 points added to their score when they receive their nomination. Without the nomination, the lowest-scoring candidates would have had 185 base issues.
Invited candidates now have 60 days to Apply for Canadian Permanent Residence.
In the previous round of invitations, IRCC requested a total of 924 PNP candidates to apply for Canadian immigration.
Minister Hints at PGWP Extension or Similar Provision
Immigration Minister Sean Fraser attended the Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration meeting on March 24 to answer questions on the state of the immigration system.
In response to when draws for Canadian Experience Class (CEC) candidates would resume, Fraser once too said there was no specific date. Express Entry draws for CEC hopefuls have been paused since September 2021. As a result, potential CEC candidates in Canada have not been able to apply and some are meeting the end of their work permit validity.
Without an Express Entry draw, these provisional workers, oftentimes holding a non-extendable Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP), will not be able to get a Bridging Open Work Permit (BOWP) and extend their stay. Instead, they may have to get a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA)-supported work permit, quit their jobs, or even leave Canada.
So far, IRCC has not made any official announcements to prevent otherwise qualified CEC or Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) candidates from having their status expire. However, Fraser suggested there may be an opportunity to extend PGWPs or introduce a similar measure.
“It is my intention to do what I can to allow people to stay by extending post-graduate work permits or some proxy that will have the same result that may be as effective,” Fraser said at the committee meeting.
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