Express Entry Draws to resume in July and PGWP holder will get extension

Immigration Minister Sean Fraser announced today that the awaited Express Entry draws will resume in July 2022 for all 3 categories; Canadian Experience Class (CEC), Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) and Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP). This news came as a sigh of relief for many International student who have their current Post Graduation Work Permits expiring soon.


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In addition to this, the minister also announced that the current PGWP holder who have their work permits expiring between Jan and Dec 2022 will be able to apply for one time extension for up to 18 months for the PGWP. Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will soon be releasing more details about the program.


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Other announcements which were included into today's news conference were:

  • According to IRCC, majority of new Express Entry applications will be processed within the six-month timeline.

  • Applicants who currently have their application for Permanent Residency being proceed under programs such as TR to PR will not need to remail in Canada during the processing of their application.

  • To make sure the applicants have enough time, Open Work Permit holders will be able to get a Open Work Permit while their Permanent Residency application is under process will be able to apply for an open work permit while they wait for their permanent residence application to be processed will be able to get work permits that are valid until the end of 2024.

  • The immediate family members included in a principal applicant’s permanent residence application will be able to apply for an Open Work Permit if they are currently outside of Canada will be eligible to get their own open work permit.


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