Changes Made To Canada’s Immigration System
For many months, immigration professionals and applicants have been eagerly awaiting changes to the Express Entry program which was launched in January 2015.
The Express Entry program uses a points-based system to decide who can immigrate to Canada. Points are awarded based on such factors as age, education, work experience, and language ability. For months, the Canadian government has said that changes to the system were coming. Those changes have now arrived.
On November 10, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) introduced changes to the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) for the Express Entry program. These changes will come into force on November 19 and will be implemented for both new as well as existing profiles.
Two critical changes have been made:
the amount of points given for a qualifying job offer or a nomination certificate from a Canadian province has changed from 600 points to 200 or 50 points, depending on the job offered.
The new rules will award bonus points to international students who have completed a post-secondary education in Canada.
What do the changes mean for you?
If you are an international student:
15 points will be awarded for a one-year or two-year post-secondary program
30 points will be awarded for a 3-year degree or diploma, Master’s degree or a PHD
If you are a candidate with a qualifying job offer:
Points will be awarded to candidates with an LMIA-approved job offer, or holders of a work permit issued through international agreements such as NAFTA, or through section 205 of the Canadian regulations such as inter-company transferees.
- You will be awarded 200 points if the qualifying job offer is in group 00 of the NOC (Senior Management).
- You will be awarded 50 points if the job offer is in any of the other occupations under A or B of the NOC.
- If you hold a nomination certificate from a Canadian province, you will still be awarded 600 points.
Applying For Permanent Residence
In addition to the changes to the CRS points, applicants who receive an Invitation To Apply (ITA) will now have 90 days to submit an application for permanent residence instead of 60 days.
Create an Express Entry Profile As Soon As Possible
Over the past two years the average overall score to receive an ITA exceeded 470 points. However, we expect to see this drop dramatically as a result of the recent changes. I strongly encourage you to create an Express Entry profile as soon as possible in order to be ready for any further changes.
As always, feel free to contact me with any questions.