Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) is expected to launch a
new economic immigration system known as Express Entry (EE) on
January 1, 2015. Billed as a new system of managing
applications under the existing economic permanent residency
programs (namely Federal Skilled Worker Program, Federal Skilled
Trades Program, Canadian Experience Class, and to a certain extent,
Provincial Nominee Programs) EE promises to better meet the current
needs of Canadian employers and faster processing for prospective
skilled immigrants. Through EE, CIC will select
candidates that it considers most likely to succeed economically in
Canada (by first ranking them under a series of factors) rather
than those first in line.
On December 1, 2014, Department of Citizenship and Immigration
released the Ministerial Instructions (MI) respecting the EE
system, coming into force on January 1, 2015. The MI provide
directives on how EE will operate, and in particular, how
candidates will be assessed and scored.
EE will function as a two-step system. EE will be an online
portal where potential candidates wishing to immigrate to Canada
can create an EE online profile and provide information about their
skills, work experience, language ability, education, and other
details that may contribute to their ability to establish
economically in Canada. If the potential candidates meet the
criteria, they will be put into the EE pool of candidates and the
candidates with the highest scores in the pool will be issued an
Invitation to Apply (ITA). It is anticipated that candidates
who accept their ITAs and submit the remainder of their outstanding
documentation will have their applications for permanent residency
processed within 6 months.
The candidates will be assessed, scored and ultimately ranked
(relative to others within the pool) based on a new system called
Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). The CRS consists of components
such as (but not restricted to): age, level of education (including
trade certifications), proficiency in one or both official
languages, past work experience and whether the candidate is in
possession of a nomination certificate from a
Provincial/Territorial Nomination Program (PNP) or a
"Qualifying Offer of Arranged Employment" (which must
meet very specific requirements). A candidate who has no
accompanying spouse or common-law partner has the potential to be
given higher scores for age, education, language, and Canadian work
experience compared to a candidate who has an accompanying spouse
or common-law partner. However, there is the potential to obtain a
higher ranking where the candidate has an accompanying spouse who
also may score high under the same categories.
While almost all of the above-noted categories have a range of
points which can be acquired (towards a maximum of 1200 points), it
is clear that candidates who are possession of a PNP nomination
certificate or a "Qualifying Offer of Arranged
Employment" will be placed at a distinct advantage as either
of these will provide the candidate with an additional 600
points—thus allowing the candidate to potentially vault over
a large number of candidates in the pool and bettering his/her
chances for being selected for an ITA..
As January 2015 approaches, CIC continues to announce the
filling of select quotas under the current economic immigration
programs (including those under the Canadian Experience Class and
Federal Skilled Worker programs) – thereby leaving many
potential applicants no option but to apply under EE when it is
launched. It is therefore imperative for temporary foreign
workers, Canadian employers and other intending immigrants to
Canada alike to not only maintain their knowledge of which programs
may still be available before the end of the year, but also learn
about how certain immigration applications might rank under the new
EE system and how a candidate might best position him/herself under
If you wish to speak with any of our Immigration lawyers about
the new Express Entry System or have any other immigration
questions relating to visiting, studying, working and living in
Canada, please contact any one of our immigration lawyers listed
above to book your consultation.
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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.
Canada received more than 320,000 immigrants in the last 12 months, approaching levels not seen since the early 20th century. The per capital immigration rate at .88%, is consistent with previous Liberal government policies.
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.
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