IRCC’s processing goals, including the steps it was taking to increase staff capacity and modernize procedures and technology in the immigration system, have been effective in reducing the backlog. In an interview with CIC News, the Minister Sean Fraser said that all program Express Entry draws are tentatively set to resume on July 6. In addition, IRCC aims to return to its pre-pandemic service standards of processing Express Entry applications within six months in July.
In the meantime, the IRCC has introduced and is introducing more case trackers that will allow applicants to review the status of their files. By the end of this summer, 17 lines of business will have case trackers that will allow applicants to monitor their status digitally, the minister said.
In addition, the Canadian Government has passed a bill that will allow the immigration minister to invite Express Entry candidates based on economic goals.
Bill C-19 received Royal Assent on June 23, 2022. It will give the immigration minister the authority to invite Express Entry candidates by occupation, language ability, intended destination or any other group that supports Canada’s economic goals. The new authority will allow IRCC to include selection factors that support Canada’s labour needs based on sector, region and language proficiency. the minister said that in doing so, Canada will be able to select more immigrants who are ready to succeed in the labour market.