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    IRCC is Targeting to Resume Express Entry FSWP & CEC Draw by This Spring

    Mar 24,2022

    IRCC is Targeting to Resume Express Entry FSWP & CEC Draw by This Spring

    In the recent virtual interview, the Canadian Immigration Minister Mr. Sean Fraser has said that – “Though there is no major announcement, IRCC is looking to resume FSWP draws in the near term, aiming for some time in this spring”. He also added that the draws are being delayed, due to the current heavy backlog of the applications.

    Highlights of Interview Questions

    One of the leading study visa service providers of Canada “ApplyBoard” has taken a virtual interview with the Canadian Immigration Minister Mr. Sean Fraser.

    The interview topic is based on the recent Canada Study Visa progress and issue that are faced by plenty of international students.

    Additionally, Mr. Fraser has also addressed some of the questions on the latest ministry’s mandates about creating pathways to permanent residency for international students.

    Before the wrap-up of the interview, the immigration minister has also covered the questions that have been posted in the chatbox.

    • One of the most common questions that candidates asked was – when the Express Entry draws for Federal Skilled Workers (FSWP), Canadian Experience Class (CEC) and Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP) will start?
    • As the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has not declared any draw under the FSWP Stream from last December 2020 and on the other end, the CEC draw has paused since September 2021.
    • The candidates have also shown the concern that they are eligible for their Canada PR but due to the pause, they are unable to apply.

    In the answer to all these questions minister Fraser, one more time said that “there was no major announcement, but reiterated that IRCC was looking to resume FSWP draws in the near term, aiming for some time this spring.”

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    Answers From the Canadian Immigration Minister

    He added that especially those candidates who are currently working in Canada and holding a PGWP (Post-Graduation Work Permit) their permit is also on the edge of expiring. Without further invitation rounds they cannot apply for Canada Immigration. However, they can be eligible for a Bridging Open Work Permit (BOWP) that allow them to not only Stay in Canada but also work legally even after their PGWP expiry.

    Although, the downside of PGWP is that it cannot be renewed or extended. As a result, candidates who cannot meet the bridging visa criteria they have either need to apply for a different type of work permit quit their jobs, or unfortunately, leave the country.

    To address this issue, Mr. Fraser has said,

    • “Canada immigration is aware of the upcoming situation, and they are looking for some different options.”
    • “There several more announcements are about to come in upcoming weeks and months.”

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    Analytical Point of View

    There are some significant points, which are indicating some better updates in regards to Canada Immigration as well as resuming the FSWP, CEC and FSTP.

    First, is the announcement of the Immigration Levels Plan 2022-2024. As per the plan, IRCC needs to issue a certain amount of ITAs (Invitation To Apply) before the end of the year 2022 to achieve its target.

    Secondly, some speculations are indicating that though IRCC has under huge pressure of backlogs in the upcoming quarters the backlogs seem to get reduced due to just only PNP Draws.

    Suppose the IRCC start the Express Entry FSWP, CEC, and FSTP draw in the upcoming spring, even though candidates will reach their dream destination not before 10 to 12 months.

    • Because, after getting the invitation, the candidate will get 60 days to apply for the Canada PR application. Then the process will six to eight months for the application to get through.

    Moreover, Canada also does not want to lose those skilled workers, who are already in the country on a work visa and if they lost their work status then there are likely chances that Canada may face a huge labour shortage problem.

    • Mr. Fraser has also added, “I don’t want to see people—who have a job, who are making a contribution, who want to stay—to leave at the same time that I’m trying to cure the labour shortage by embracing immigration.”


    The immigration minister has not only given several positive signs through this interview but also shows how they are ready to deal with the upcoming situation. This recent interview raises the bar of hopes among Canada Immigration aspirants, and people can expect some much positive news in the upcoming time.

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