express-changes

Huge changes to Express Entry System

The new instructions on Express Entry come into force on November 19, 2016.

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has overhauled the Express Entry immigration selection system. The major changes are as follows:

Job Offer – LMIA Changes

If a foreign national has a qualifying offer of arranged employment, they may be assigned points as follows:

  • (a) 200 points, if the offer is for employment in an occupation contained in Major Group 00 of the National Occupation Classification; or
  • (b) 50 points, if the offer is any other qualifying offer of arranged employment.

Previously, qualifying job offers supported by a Labour Market Impact Assessment were worth 600 points under the CRS.

Points of 600 for PNP candidates remain the same.

Points for Canadian Study

The points that are to be assigned for a Canadian educational credential are the following:

  • (a) 0 points, if the foreign national has a secondary school educational credential;
  • (b) 15 points, if the foreign national has an eligible credential from a one-year or two-year post-secondary program; and
  • (c) 30 points, if the foreign national has
    • (i) an eligible credential from a post-secondary program of three years or more,
    • (ii) an eligible credential from a university-level program at the master’s level or at the level of an entry-to-practice professional degree for an occupation listed in the National Occupational Classification matrix at Skill Level A for which licensing by a provincial regulatory body is required, or
    • (iii) an eligible credential from a university-level program at the doctoral level.

More Time for submission after ITA

Till now ITA was valid for 60 days, whereas applicants will now have 90 days to submit an application after they receive an ITA.

How would Existing Pool Candidates be affected

These changes will automatically implement on November 19, 2016 for profiles already in the Express Entry pool. Although in several cases, applicants may notice that the number of CRS points awarded to them has not gone up, but the draw announcements will attract lower score candidates to the ITA stage.

Source: IRCC

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