On June 21, 2022, while participating at Collision in Toronto, Sean Fraser, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) announced that the Government of Canada will resume all-program Express Entry draws on Wednesday, July 6. When the all-program draws resumes, IRCC stated it would restore the Express Entry service standard to six months. As the Government decided to resume the Express entry draws, one may assume that IRCC has solved the issue with the long application processing times. Canada paused Express Entry invitations to apply (ITA) for permanent residency applications (FSWP and FSTP) in December 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The same happened to CEC draws in September 2021 due to an increased processing backlog.
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