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Canada opens express entry application for 4,250 new immigrants

The Canadian government through its immigration agency, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC)— has opened its Express Entry application for 4,250 new candidates looking to gain permanent residency in Canada.

The new call for application makes the eighth application window after resuming the once-suspended immigration program on July 6, 2022.

According to reports, prior to the July resumption, the program had suffered suspension for a period of 18 months.

Popular for its efforts in providing protection to refugees, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada facilitates the arrival of immigrants as well as offers programming to help newcomers settle in Canada.

Held on the 12th of October 2022, the draw saw the invitation of 4,250 new candidates with a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 500.

In 2022, the permanent residency program by the Canadian government is seeking to attract 55,900 immigrants, nearly 16,000 up from 2021’s 40,000 target.

To date, the country has admitted about 28,000 permanent residents through the scheme, between January and August 31.

The body is expected to announce a new figure in November 2022.

Analysts have noticed a continuous decrease in the CSR score for the program.

Travel experts, however, suggested that the decrease in CSR score by IRCC may be to encourage more foreigners to get in through the scheme.

Techparley recall that the score for the first draw for the year on July 6 was 557, which is 57 points away from the current 500 benchmark.

In addition, The Canadian government has accepted the possibility of already temporary Canadian physicians to apply for the Express Entry programs.

As the search for greener pastures abroad continues for many, especially amongst Nigerians, Canada, again, presents itself as a destination of choice.

What is Express Entry?

Express Entry is an electronic system used to manage the applications of skilled workers who wish to become permanent residents of Canada.

What is the full meaning of IRCC?

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada

What does IRCC do?

  • Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada facilitates the arrival of immigrants, provides protection to refugees, and offers programming to help newcomers settle in Canada.
  • IRCC also grants citizenship and issues travel documents (such as passports) to Canadians.

How does it work?

  • Firstly, candidates must confirm that they meet the criteria of at least one of the three Express Entry programs, namely: Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), Canadian Experience Class (CEC), and Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP). Check your eligibility here
  • If they meet the criteria, candidates can upload their Express Entry profile onto IRCC’s website.
  • Candidates receive a Comprehensive Ranking System score based on their human capital characteristics such as age, education, language skills, and work experience.
  • Approximately every two weeks, IRCC invites the highest-scoring candidates to apply for permanent residence.
  • Those invited for permanent residence have 60 days to submit their applications to IRCC. IRCC aims to process most applications within 6 months or less.


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