The Government of Canada will increase immigration levels
significantly in 2015. Citizenship and Immigration Canada aims to
welcome as many as 285,000 new permanent residents this year. This
represents a significant increase in levels from previous
Canada's increased immigration levels, coincides with the
implementation of a new Express Entry immigration system which
processes immigrants to Canada under Economic Class programs.
Applicants seeking permanent residence, who meet minimum
criteria, are required to submit an online expression of interest
profile to the Express Entry Pool. Candidates without an approved
job offer or provincial nomination must also submit an employment
profile to the Canada Job Bank.
Candidates in the pool will be available for consideration to
employers who cannot access Canadians, and to provincial
governments for nomination under Provincial Nominee Programs
The profiles of candidates in the pool are ranked under a
Comprehensive Ranking System according to their age, education,
language, experience, and other factors. The maximum score is 1200.
Applicants with an approved job offer from a Canadian employer
(positive Labour Market Impact Assessment) or candidates nominated
by a province receive an additional 600 points. The highest ranked
candidates will be considered by the Federal government for an
invitation to apply (ITA) for permanent residence. The government
aims to process applications in six months.
The government plans to conduct periodic draws throughout the
year. An applicant can remain in the pool for up to one year. An
applicant who does not receive an ITA during this period will be
removed from the pool and will need to re-submit a new profile.
Thus an applicant's ranking in the pool will vary for each draw
as new profiles enter and others are removed.
Immigration falls under a shared jurisdiction between the
federal, provincial and territorial governments.
Provincial Nomination Programs are widely viewed as an
alternative option for many foreign nationals to gain Canadian
permanent residency. Every province has implemented its own
provincial nomination program, each with its own criteria, in order
to promote immigration policies best suited to a province's
particular needs. The Province of Quebec promotes its own
immigration programs under special status.
From the Federal Express Entry pool, a participating province
can select between 350 to 1,500 applicants for nomination to their
province each year, depending on agreements with the federal
government. Other provinces are expected to launch Express Entry
programs in 2015.
Colin R. Singer is immigration counsel
www.immigration.caand Managing Partner of Global
Recruiters of Montreal. He is oneof
Canada's foremost senior corporate immigration attorneys. Colin
is internationally recognized as an experienced and recommended
authority on Canadian immigration and foreign recruitment. In
addition to being a licensed human resources professional, he is a
licensed Canadian lawyer in good standing with the Quebec Law
Society during the past 25 years and is authorized by the Canadian
government in all immigration matters.
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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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