According to Immigration Minister Sean Fraser, the Canadian government is planning a significant overhaul of the Express Entry system. The newly proposed bill intends to introduce additional criteria allowing the Canadian government to invite candidates based on specific academic credentials and industry-based occupations.
Currently, the criteria for inviting Express Entry candidates include age, work experience, educational qualifications, whether they have a job offer, and language skills in English and French. Every candidate receives a specific point based on these criteria, and those who meet the cut-off CRS can apply for permanent residency.
After pausing Express Entry draws for the Federal Skilled worker Program in 2020 and the Canadian Experience Class in September 2021, Canada has resumed all-program Express Entry draws in 2022. Therefore, applicants under the Federal Skilled Worker Program, Canadian Experience Class and Federal Skilled Traders Program can shoot their shot to receive permanent residency in Canada.
Moreover, the Canadian government has announced additional benefits for international students. From the summer of 2022, any international students whose post-graduate work permit expires between January to December 2022 qualify for an extension of their work permit valid for up to 18 months. This benefit is sure to benefit more than 50,000 PGWP holders.
Canada has always welcomed international students and skilled workers, as evident from the hassle-free immigration process. As a result, Canada has surpassed the USA to become the #1 destination for students seeking higher education. In 2021, approximately 100,000 Indian nationals obtained permanent residency in Canada. Moreover, data suggest that, of the 622,000 foreign nationals residing in Canada, Indians include 217,410 as of December 31, 2021.