First of all apologies for not posting anything for a while, we have been quite busy with NS PNP and other candidate applications.
Today’s article is dedicated to getting you up and running with what’s happening with the Express Entry world.
Point to Ponder –
Express entry system has become translucent, ruthless and needs urgent attention before it becomes one of the most hated immigration system out of all countries. Candidate rejections are untimely, without any need. Even completed applications are being rejected by mistake and the candidates are stuck in the loop to get them reopened.
First and most important point – CIC issued it’s 61st Express Entry draw on May 4, 2017, at 12:20:49 UTC calling candidates with CRS score of 423 and higher resulting in 3,796 invitations.
This can be called as a bumper draw and gives us a total of 39,769 Invitations issued so far with EE draws since JAN 2017. Now, this number is mind boggling considering that we are in May 2017 with 7 more months to go and CIC intends to issue somewhere around 80,000 PR’s this year. Imagining that each invitation carries 2 people along, we are already over the quota allocation for this year. However in a recent report CIC confirmed approx 15-20% applications lead to rejections leaving us with 60-70% applications converting to PR.
Now, with the increased number of invitations in each draw, technically we are expecting increased processing times with every draw passing by. The applicants from JAN 17 had a good time with their applications processed readily under 2-3 months time frame, with meds taking less than 30 days for over 90% of the candidates. The applicants from Feb have taken over 60 days in over 25% cases to pass meds and some are still awaiting as CIC started processing of March applicants. One of our MARCH 11 FSWO candidate has already passed her medicals.
This processing time will be a cause of concern for the applicants of April onward, where the waiting time can exceed 6 months easily.
For those, who are below 400 CRS Score, the following graph floating on Internet with some impressive calculations is a ray of hope.
Takeaway’s from this graph calculations –
- Conservative estimate: CRS goes under 400 on July 26
- Regular estimate: CRS goes under 400 on July 5 (Likely Scenario)
- Optimistic estimate: CRS goes under 400 on June 21
Coming to the Provincial Nominations, Ontario PNP has confirmed that –
“The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) will resume issuing Notifications of Interest (NOIs) to applicants who qualify for Ontario’s Express Entry Human Capital Priorities (HCP) Stream on a weekly basis.”
The stream will as usual be opened and closed to regulate inflow of applications and processing time. With the system going online, the candidates are expected to receive better services and less than usual clearance timings. However, we can confirm that PNP candidates are not having any advantage over other streams. PNP’s are facing unusually longer PR processing time with their applications taking over 8-10 months to process.
Another point to ponder is the recent rejections, where CIC agents are crucifying applications with careless rejections at various stages. Even a missing PCC rejection is coming after 3 months of application submission, which is completely unacceptable. Candidates are being rejected for missing PCC, medical rejections, not uploading a PCC where the candidate has a total stay period between 5-6 months, while the requirements are clearly stated for above 6 months.
CIC needs to increase the service transparency, which has taken a huge hit since the inception of Express Entry as compared to immigration system of other countries like Australia, which essentially remains unmatched.
The province of NOVA SCOTIA is accepting PNP Applications, apply today with – firstname.lastname@example.org