Canada Immigration: IRCC reveals preliminary data on invitation for FSWP, CEC candidates; check here

Canada’s Federal Immigration Service has released its preliminary data on Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) and Canadian Experience Class (CEC) candidates invited to the two most recent Express Entry draws.

The Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) held its first full program draw in 18 months on July 6, inviting 1,500 applicants to apply for Canadian immigration. The candidates had to have a score of at least 557 to receive an invitation.

IRCC media relations said on July 27 that 1,750 candidates were invited to the Express Entry drawing on July 29, and the minimum score was 542.

The official government agency confirmed that candidates eligible for the FSWP had been invited in addition to candidates eligible for the CEC and the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP).

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People looking for answers as to why the IRCC has not announced candidates for the Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP) should know that the IRCC prioritizes sending CEC invitations to candidates who qualify for more than one program .

Express Entry Managed Program July 6, CRS 557 July 6, CRS 557 Total from July 6 – July 20
Provincial nominees program 700 764 1,464
Canadian Experience Class 595 569 1,164
Federal Skilled Workers Program 205 417 622
Total 1500 1750 3.250

When candidates qualify for both the FSWP and the CEC, IRCC invites them, or if they qualify for all three programs, including the FSTP. Citing the rationale for making this decision, IRCC says that CEC candidates are not required to have proof of funds to apply for immigration, while FSWP and FSTP candidates without a Canadian job offer do. For candidates who qualify for both to apply through the CEC, it is more desirable.

The IRCC also said it would be FSTP candidates for the other programs if they were considered. Otherwise, their scores were not high enough to apply for Canadian immigration.

Under the IRCC’s current multi-year immigration plan, it will have to continue to invite candidates from all programs to meet the 2023 immigration targets. About 80% of candidates who respond to their invitations are expected to make decisions within six months.

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