Express Entry is an immigration system implemented by Canadian
immigration authorities ("CIC") on January 1, 2015 which
manages skilled worker applications under Federal Economic
programs. This includes the Federal Skilled Worker Program, the
Skilled Trades Program the Canada Experience Class and certain
parts of the Provincial Nominee Program.
Through the end of July 2015, CIC conducted 13
draws, issuing 15,980 invitations to apply for permanent
residence. Read whether express entry is a success or failure.
How does express entry operate?
Colin Singer: Under Express Entry, qualified
applicants across many occupations are invited to submit their
profile to an Express Entry Pool and to the Canada Job Bank.
Employers across Canada are encouraged to review the Canada Job
Bank and provide a job offer to the candidate of their choice.
Applicants with an approved job offer or those selected by a
province or with "Provincial Nomination" are considered a
"match" and will be invited to formally apply for
Canadian permanent residence.
The profiles of the remaining applicants will be ranked for
consideration without a "sponsor" or hiring employer.
Using a point system according to a number of selection factors
such as Age, Education, Language, Experience and other factors, the
highest ranked candidates will be considered for their potential
"human capital" contribution to Canada.
Immigration authorities will then decide which of the highest
ranked applicants will be invited to apply for permanent residence,
through periodic draws. Candidates who are issued invitations
(ITA's) are given a delay of 60-days to perfect their
It appears candidates who were selected during the first draws
had high comprehensive ranking scores. Why is this?
Colin Singer: We believe that during the
initial stages, CIC aimed to set the bar as high as possible. It
wanted to showcase its new Express Entry Immigration system as a
successful program that brings candidates to Canada with a strong
likelihood of integrating fully and quickly into the Canadian
Studies show that applicants with a valid job offer (LMIA) or
having Provincial Nomination (PNP), have the highest chances of
meeting these objectives. During the first 4 draws only applicants
with an LMIA or Provincial Nomination received ITA's. It is no
surprise that CIC set the bar as high as it could for the first
series of draws.
Under express entry, are candidates required to obtain a job
offer from a "sponsor" Canadian employer?
Colin Singer: Annual levels for 2015 have been
raised to between 260,000 - 285,000 which will represent
Canada's highest immigration levels in 5 years. Canada's
annual admissions this year will derive significantly from the
Express Entry system. Beginning in 2016 the majority of economic
class admissions to Canada will derive from this system.
We can observe that after the first 4 draws, the minimum CRS
scores averaged 465 in 8 of the 9 subsequent draws, through the end
of July 2015. The lowest CRS score was 451. Many candidates
received an invitation without LMIA or PNP nomination.
We expect that in order for CIC to reach its annual immigration
levels, CRS scores will significantly decline into the 300's in
future draws. This will favor candidates without an LMIA or
A qualified job offer (LMIA) from an employer in Canada is a
significant benefit but it is not a requirement.
Colin R. Singer is immigration counsel for
www.immigration.ca and Managing Partner of Global Recruiters of
Montreal. He is one of 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 licensed human resources
professional, he is a licensed Canadian lawyer in good standing
with the Quebec Law Society for more than 25 years and is
authorized by the Canadian government in all immigration
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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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