May 22, 2015 – Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC)
has issued its 9th round of Invitations to Apply (ITA)
for Permanent Residence, following a drawing of candidates from the
Express Entry pool. A total of 1,361 invitations were issued to
applicants with scores of 755 or higher.
This round saw a sharp increase in the qualifying score
necessary to receive an ITA, with all invited applicants in this
round holding a valid job offer supported by a positive Labour
Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) or Provincial Nomination Program
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 10,000 invitations.
What Should Employers Do?
Employers seeking to support an application for Permanent
Residence for LMIA-exempt work permit holders should know that that
only way to guarantee an ITA is to secure a positive LMIA or PNP
The LMIA application process can be time consuming and may
include recruiting and advertising requirements, in addition to the
payment of a $1000 processing fee.
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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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