Major Changes to the Temporary Foreign Workers Program for Canada
15th, Feb 2022
With the tabling of a new Immigration Levels Plan, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has clarified its objectives and priorities for immigration targets in 2022.
A significant change in the plan is the reduction of the quota for Express Entry immigrants to only 55,900. IRCC also reserved a quota of 40,000 newcomers under the TR2PR program. This means the likelihood of the all-program draws renewal in the coming months is not high.
Moreover, given the recent internal memo from the IRCC, we got proof that candidates in the Federal Skilled Workers (FSW) and Canadian Experience Class (CEC) have been temporarily deprioritized by the government.
IRCC switched their priorities in order to eliminate the backlog of the applications in those programs already in the inventory.
At the same time, the quota for the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) has been increased to 83,500, which in turn gives more chances to candidates with job offers from the provinces or international graduates, who completed their studies in Canada.
All-program draws in the Express Entry may return in late 2022 or in the beginning of 2023.
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