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July 2022 EE draws may resemble pre-pandemic figures

May 31, 2022

As per the internal brief memo released by the IRCC, all Express Entry draws will start again in July and the number of invitations through express entry could be similar to pre-pandemic.

Number of invitations issued that will be issued during this time will be consistent with the average number of invitations issued before COVID-19 happened. Prior to March 18, all event draws in 2020 were between 3,400 and 4,500. In 2019, all event draws ranged from 3,200 to 3,900. By maintaining the pause till the end of June, the IRCC will be able to process fresh applications in six months according to the March 28 memorandum.

The current list of Express Entry applications is sufficient to meet the 2022 entry targets for IRCC. However, meeting the 2023 goals would require restarting the invitational round between July and September.

All candidates who applied for permanent residence through every program of Express Entry are invited by IRCC roughly every two weeks. Event draws were rarely held.

IRCC changed its strategies to hold event-specific draws when the border closed in March. Only PNP and CEC candidates were invited to apply in the starting few months of the pandemic.

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