Canada Held First Express Entry Draw of 2022, Invited 392 Candidates

Jan 10,2022

Canada Held First Express Entry Draw of 2022, Invited 392 Candidates

The beginning of new year 2022 has proved pleasing for some aspirants who were striving to gain Canada PR. Canada has given the chance to 392 Express Entry candidates to apply for Canada permanent residency. The draw has specifically invited PNP candidates. Considering the past records of the number of invitations, the latest draw is a small one. The draw which occurred on 5 January 2021, is the 213th Express Entry draw. The CRS cut-off for the draw is 808. 

The draw is the first Express Entry draw of 2022. A subsequent Express Entry draw is expected to take place on 19 January 2021. The draw upholds IRCC’s strategy of minimising all-program draws, the last of which took place in December 2020. IRCC awarded 114,431 ITAs to Canadian Experience Class (CEC) and PNP applicants in 2021 which is a huge number. With this number, Canada overtaken the old record of issuing 107,350 ITAs that it set in 2020.

As of 2021, only draws for PNP and CEC candidates – who are expected to be present in Canada have taken place. Before the pandemic, Canada was helding draws that invited candidates from all three immigration programs, however, since the outbreak of COVID, Canada appears to be sticking to its strategy of focusing on people who are already in Canada to reach its immigration objectives. 

As stated, the draws for PNP and Canadian Experience Class (CEC) applicants were focused by Canada in 2021. No Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) candidates was given preference to get an ITA. This is due to the fact that FSWP applicants are plausible to be from outside Canada than PNP or CEC applicants. Because of travel constraints, IRCC concentrated more on accepting entrants who are likely to be inside Canadian boundaries. As CEC candidates must hold minimum one year of Canadian work experience to be eligible, their existence in Canada is almost certain. Secondly, PNP candidates are shortlisted for immigration by provinces. This means that their capability to sustain the regional job markets has already been confirmed. 

This is the first instance in Canada’s Express Entry’s historical record. Prior to the pandemic, FSWP candidates were the key source of Express Entry migrants.

The government of Canada has stated that with an intent to increase Canada immigration, some changes to Canada Express Entry are expected to be introduced soon. 

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Some information about Express Entry System

Canada’s Express Entry System is the application management system for three immigration programs

  • Federal Skilled Worker Program
  • Federal Skilled Trades Program and
  • Canadian Experience Class

Express Entry rates candidates’ profiles using a point-based system known as the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). The aspirants who secure the highest CRS scores are issued an Invitation to Apply (ITA)  to request permanent residency in Canada. 

Modifications in Express Entry

The government of Canada has indicated that it intends to implement a lot of changes to the Express Entry system in 2022. In 2021, the government suggested a plan to provide the immigration authorities more freedom in selecting the candidates who better satisfy Canada’s labor requirements. 

Furthermore, in the latest policy note to Immigration Minister Sean Fraser, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau demanded that the Express Entry system be enhanced to add PR streams for temporary foreign workers and overseas students.

Besides that, whenever the new Training, Education, Experience, and Responsibilities (TEER) system will be active in late 2022, Express Entry may undergo a number of other changes. 


Canada’s Express Entry is an important gateway for those looking to immigrate to Canada swiftly and efficiently. So, if you are seeking to immigrate to Canada, the Express Entry System can prove to be the best pathway for you. Need further details about the Canada Express Entry System or interested to check your eligibility? Our Canada Immigration Consultants can provide the best help!

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