Until the epidemic, the Canadian government sought to complete the majority of Express Entry immigration applications within six months. However, because of the outbreak, applicants have had to wait considerably longer. Non-Canadian Experience Class (CEC) Express Entry applicants are waiting an average of over 20 months for Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to complete their permanent residency applications. Fortunately, IRCC has now stated that it will soon be able to process most new Express Entry applications within six months. This change will become effective once IRCC resumes issuing Express Entry invitations to Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), CEC, and Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP) candidates in early July.