Candidates for Express Entry will have another 60 days to submit their applications after receiving their invitation.
As of June 29, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is reversing the COVID-19 legislation, allowing Express Entry candidates to apply for permanent residence within 90 days. In a press release, the immigration agency announced the adjustment.
The application time was extended by IRCC in March 2020 as part of a series of new coronavirus-related measures. It was designed to give immigration applicants extra time to prepare their paperwork. The pandemic had just swept the globe at the time, creating service interruptions and aircraft cancellations.
The reinstatement to the 60-day deadline, according to IRCC, will allow the department to handle more applications.
There will still be some special considerations for applicants who are subject to public health limitations due to the coronavirus. On its government webpage, the IRCC provides a comprehensive list. They generally apply to those who have not yet applied for Canadian immigration, applicants who are still being processed, and holders of the Confirmation of Permanent Residency (COPR).
Candidates who were asked to apply for permanent residence through Express Entry before June 29, 2021, will have 90 days to submit their application. As a result, those who were selected in the previous Express Entry draw remain unaffected. The new rule will apply to Express Entry applicants who will be invited in the coming weeks.
Since 2018, a 60-day application period has been in place. After seeing that 57% of candidates applied within two months, IRCC shortened it from 90 days.
This reversal of coronavirus regulations comes just over a week after Canada opened its border to COPR holders, waived quarantine for fully vaccinated travellers, and reinstated direct flights to Pakistan.