March 23, 2015 – Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC)
has issued its fifth round of Invitations to Apply for Permanent
Residence, after completing a drawing of candidates from the new
Express Entry immigration application management
system. A total of 1620 invitations were issued to applicants
with scores of 481 points or higher. This is the first round
of invitations that included candidates not currently holding a job
offer supported by a positive Labour Market Impact Assessment
(LMIA) or Provincial Nomination Program (PNP) certificate.
Express Entry is Canada's new immigration
application management system. Applicants are awarded up to
600 points based on a number of factors meant to assess their
ability to succeed in Canada, including age, language skills,
education and work experience. An additional 600 points are awarded
for holding a job offer supported by a positive Labour Market
Since inception, the program has elicited criticism that the
comprehensive scoring system unfairly disadvantages international
students and other LMIA-exempt foreign nationals. Canada aims to
land 185,000 Permanent Residents in 2015. Thus far, the program has
issued fewer than 6,000 invitations.
The LMIA/PNP Requirement
This is the first draw in which candidates without an LMIA or
PNP certificate have received an invitation to apply. It is
not yet known what effect increased program participation,
including provincial participation, will have on the qualifying
In order to qualify in the most recent draw without an LMIA or
PNP certificate, a candidate would require a graduate degree from a
post-secondary institution, significant Canadian and foreign
work experience and excellent language skills in either English or
Despite a lower qualifying score for this round of invitations,
employers wishing to support a foreign national in obtaining
Permanent Residence should know that the only way to guarantee an
invitation is to secure a positive LMIA or PNP certificate.
Green and Spiegel will continue to monitor the Express Entry draws and provide updates on qualifying scores and trends as required.
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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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