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Canada’s permanent residence invites dipped by 59% in 2022

Under its point-based Express Entry system, the number of immigrants invited to apply for permanent residence in Canada dropped to 46,539 in 2022. This is a staggering decline of 59% from the previous year’s statistic of 1.14 lakh invites.

However, for the past several years, Indians continued to top the charts. In 2022, 20,769 Indian citizens were invited to be permanent residents, which constituted nearly 45% of the total invites that were issued during this year. On the back of India, there were citizens from Nigeria who obtained 2,909 which was 6% of the invites, and Chinese who bagged 2,456 invites which constituted 5% of the invites.

Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada

Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), the immigration unit of the Canadian government, has just released the ‘Express Entry Report-2022’, which provides country-wise data. Immigration experts attribute the lower number of draws in 2022 to the temporary halting of draws relating to ‘Federal Skilled’ immigrant programs during the period from September 2021 up to July 2022. The Express Entry system consists of three core programs, typically the Federal Skilled Worker Program is the most significant in contributing to the permanent resident intake.

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IRCC had held 1.14 lakh Express Entry draws and 65,565 Indians, or 57% of the total had obtained invites to apply for permanent residence in 2021. This was followed by Chinese with 9,590 invites (or 8%) and South Koreans with 3,131 invites (or nearly 3%).

In 2022, as in earlier years, software engineers and designers, information systems specialists, and computer systems developers and programmers, which are related mainly to the technological field, were the most common occupations.

Under the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS), aspiring candidates are ranked relative to each other based on a score in each draw. The one meeting the cut-off score is sent an invitation to apply. CRS factors in various aspects such as age, qualification, experience, French proficiency, etc. Candidates who receive an invitation to apply have 90 days to either decline the invitation or submit an online application for permanent residence to IRCC. After due process, applicants and their accompanying family members become permanent residents when they are admitted to Canada.

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