Express Entry Update August 2022 - Small rounds of invitation, but steadily growing
In July 2022, the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship resumed draws from the Express Entry pool of candidates. Since then we have seem semi-regular draws from the pool for all categories - including Federal Skilled Workers, Canadian Experience Class, Provincial Nominees and Federal Skilled Trades. However, with the CRS Points remaining high, it is unlikely that many applicants in the Federal Skilled Worker and Federal Skilled Trades groups have been invited unless they are also in Canada with job offers from Canadian employers.
On August 3, 2022, 2000 invitations to apply were issued to candidates in the Express Entry pool with the minimum CRS score of 533 or higher in all categories (no program specified). On August 17, 2022, 2250 invitations to apply were issued to candidates in the Express Entry pool with the minimum CRS score of 525 or higher in all categories (no program specified).
As of August 23, 2022 there are just over 62,000 applicants in the pool with points between 451-500. The rounds of invitation have been steadily climbing in number from 1500 in the first invitation round on July 6 to 2250 on August 17. However, these are small numbers and if the Minister continues to invite smaller groups of applicants, it could still be a long time before many highly qualified candidates are invited to apply.
Candidates who are waiting for invitations to apply, or relying on a future Open Bridging Work Permit (filed after a PR application is submitted) are encouraged to maintain their temporary status while waiting to be invited to apply.
To read more: https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/immigrate-canada/express-entry/submit-profile/rounds-invitations.html