In a big announcement on Friday, Canadian immigration minister Sean Fraser has said that Canada will resume FSW and CEC draws by early July this year.
This is a big news for immigration aspirants who have been waiting since December 2020 for an “All Program Draw” targeting Federal Skilled Workers. Lot of candidates worldwide will benefit, and they can finally hope to receive an Invitation To Apply.
FSW draws are skilled economic class draws and a major source of immigrants to Canada. The last FSW draw under Express Entry took place on December 23, 2020. IRCC skipped FSW draw for the entire year of 2021. Hence, even candidates with high points could get an invitation(ITA) to get a Canadian PR. It has also created a backlog of high-scoring individuals in the Express Entry Pool.
As a result, when the draws do open, we will see that the CRS cut-off will remain close to 500 CRS Points for a significant part of the year.
Minister Fraser also mentioned that all immigration cases will be processed within a timeline of six months which itself is a major announcement since many candidates have reported delays in processing of their applications due to the pandemic.
When Will FSW Draws Resume?
FSW Draws will resume from early July as per the statement released by IRCC on April 22, 2022.
When Will CEC Draws Resume?
CEC Draws will resume from early July as per the statement released by IRCC on April 22, 2022.
Will There Be A FSW Draw in 2022?
Yes, IRCC has stated that they intend to resume FSW and CEC draws by early July. More details are currently awaited and will be posted here once IRCC notifies to us.
You can read the official press statement issued by Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada here.