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IRCC Has Not Decided When It Will Issue Invitations to FSWP Candidates

Ashley Shelton



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Canadian immigration suffered because of the pandemic, and the repercussions are continuing even in 2021. Canada has not issued a single invitation to FSWP candidates this year, and it is unlikely that it might do so anytime soon with only two months left. IRCC has not provided any definite information about how it is planning to organize FSWP invitations from now on. 


Before the pandemic, FSWP candidates were the primary recipients of ITAs for permanent residence. This is because FWSP candidates tended to score higher in the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) system as compared to FSTP and CEC candidates since the program demands the highest language proficiency. 

IRCC held a meeting with Canadian immigration lawyers and consultants on October 21 and reported that they have not made a decision yet as to when Canada will resume issuing Express Entry invitations to FSWP candidates.

One key thing to remember is that Canada is still waiting for the new federal cabinet to settle in. A federal election was held in Canada on September 20, and the Liberal Party of Canada emerged victorious. They announced their cabinet on October 26 and now IRCC can suggest major proposals to Sean Fraser, the new immigration minister, for approval.

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Canada decided to invite only CEC and PNP candidates during the pandemic because they have a higher chance of already being in the country. FSWP candidates have been suffering as a result. However, Canada is working to make the process faster.

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