Feb 2, 2023: The Immigration Refugees Citizenship Canada (IRCC) conducted a draw under the Federal skilled workers category & invited 3300 candidates to apply for permanent residency. The CRS score of the last candidate invited was 489.
This draw triggered outrage in the International workers communities across Canada who only qualify under Canadian Experience Class category for being left out of this draw.
Hundreds of these workers were seen expressing their anger on social media platforms. Many of these workers expressed concerns about their mental health resulting from the uncertainty & lack of communication and transparency from the IRCC.
The frustration among thousands of Permanent residency candidates have been mounting over delays with the permanent residency program. +1 News Interviewed a few Temporary workers under the Canadian Experience Class category & asked them how they feel about the Canadian Immigration system and the responses we received were quite similar.
“I feel like they will just use us and dispose us when they are done, I worked so hard and contributed to the economy of this country and I never in my nightmares saw this coming, it’s inhumane how Canada is treating us after so much we have done for this country”. says Jaicy Thomas, an International worker from India with a CRS score of 487.
While we are hearing these heart breaking stories come out of all parts of Canada, it seems the Temporary workers who have proven themselves to be the backbone of the Canadian Economy at many times aren’t so pleased with the Immigration system after all. We asked another Temporary worker about how she feels about the Immigration process and her experiences dealing with the process. Here is what she had to say:
My soul is crushed, I have a Master’s degree and I came to this Country to follow my Canadian dream, I have never regretted a decision in my life so much. If a Master’s degree isn’t enough to score an Invitation, I don’t know what is.” – said Anagha, an International worker residing in the GTA region.
City News reached out to the IRCC in order to inquire about their future plans with the CEC candidates and to get some information if the IRCC has any plans to conduct any CEC draws in the near Future. The IRCC responded to the inquiry and said they have no current plans to conduct a CEC specific draw but may conduct one in future if needed.
“Why are you putting us all in the same basket” said Minalyn, PhD. a researcher with 3 publications and 2 more on the way. Minalyn is currently waiting in the pool for over 2 years and yet to receive an Invitation to apply. While she waits, she looses 5 points each year as she gets older.
Given that Express Entry is an extremely competitive space with over 230,000 candidates competing to receive an Invitation to apply, the IRCC’s delays have several negative effects on a candidate’s qualifications as they loose points while they wait to receive an Invitation to apply for Permanent residency.