November 24, 2014 – The Government of Canada is preparing
to transform Canada's immigration program with "Express
Entry", a new immigration recruitment model. With an expected
launch in early 2015, many questions remain about how the new model
will impact businesses and foreign workers currently in Canada.
What we do know is that the new model will replace the current
applicant driven "first come, first serve" model with an
active recruitment model. Canadian employers will be invited to
identify priority applicants from a pool of candidates. It is
expected that this will result in an immigration program that is
more responsive to Canadian business needs while reducing
Participation in the Express Entry program will be mandatory for
all economic immigrants, including those in the Canadian Experience
Class, the Provincial Nominee Program, as well as the Federal
Skilled Worker and Federal Skilled Trades programs.
Important Information for Foreign Nationals and their
Participation in the Express Entry Program will be mandatory for
all applicants seeking permanent status in Canada. This
includes applicants already in Canada on temporary permits.
While full details are not yet known, what do know that all
applications for permanent residency in Canada will involve a
labour market test known as a Labour Market Impact Assessment
(LMIA) in order to be given priority in the program. This
includes applicants in Canada on temporary work permits that were
not previously subject to an LMIA:
Foreign Nationals on Post-Graduate Work Permits
Foreign nationals currently in Canada, as well as their
employers, should know that as a result of the new LMIA
requirements, there is no guarantee that temporary workers
currently in Canada will be eligible to transition to permanent
status. Green and Spiegel strongly advises foreign nationals
currently in Canada on a temporary work permit to apply for
Permanent Residence if they are eligible before the coming into
force of the new program.
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October 12th, 2016 - Immigration authorities conducted the 21st round of invitations under Express Entry in 2016 and 44th overall, inviting 1518 applicants for permanent residence with a lowest CRS score of 484.
October 19th, 2016 - Immigration authorities conducted the 22nd round of invitations under Express Entry in 2016 and 45th overall, inviting 1804 applicants for permanent residence, the largest number ever. The lowest CRS score was 475, a decline from the previous draw.
September 21st, 2016 - Immigration authorities conducted the 20th round of invitations under Express Entry in 2016 and 43rd overall, inviting 1288 applicants for permanent residence with a lowest CRS score of 483.
A unique feature of the new Canada express entry immigration system is that candidates can improve their comprehensive ranking score while in the express entry pool, without submitting a new application. We review important strategies.
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