21 12, 2016

Express Entry News

2017-12-29T20:04:49+00:00 December 21st, 2016|

As of November 19, 2016 the Express Entry candidates who receive an Invitation to Apply have 90 days (have had 60 days) to submit an application with required supporting documents.

Comprehensive Ranking System changes:
200 points – candidates who have a “Major Group 00 Senior Management Occupation” job offer and a LMIA;
50 points – candidates who have any other skilled occupation job offer;
up to 30 points – candidates with Canadian educational credentials;

The Canadian government is planning on making further changes to Express Entry System to attract more high skilled immigrants.

30 08, 2016

The higher your points the better your chances

2017-12-29T20:06:37+00:00 August 30th, 2016|

On August 24, 2016 Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) invited 750 Express Entry competitors, who scored 538 points and more, to apply for permanent residence.
As you can see the high score is the only chance to receive the Invitation to Apply (ITA) for Permanent residence.
Tips to increase your points:
– Improve your English/French language test results;
– Strengthen your education by receiving additional certification;
– Obtain additional work experience;
All these tips apply to your spouse or common-law partner as well.
Build and Strengthen Application together and it will pay you later.


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8 04, 2016

CRS Point Requirement Remains at 470 in Latest Draw from the Express Entry Pool.

2017-03-13T20:43:11+00:00 April 8th, 2016|

The number of Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points required in order for candidates in the Express Entry pool to be invited to apply for Canadian permanent residence has remained at 470. The latest draw from the pool was conducted the morning of April 6, 2016, with 954 candidates for immigration to Canada receiving Invitations to Apply (ITAs).

Every draw since May of last year has selected a portion of candidates who do not have a qualifying job offer in Canada or a nomination from a Canadian province.

Express Entry

Express Entry is Canada’s immigration management system for the federal economic immigration programs, namely: Federal Skilled Worker, Federal Skilled Trades, and the Canadian Experience Class. The system was first launched on January 1, 2015.

Eligible candidates may submit a profile into the Express Entry pool, where they are ranked according to the CRS. The government of Canada selects the top-ranked candidates on a priority basis when it performs one of its frequent draws from the pool. Candidates who are issued an ITA for permanent residence then have 60 days to submit a complete e-application, from which point the government of Canada aims to process the application within six months.

1 04, 2016

Manitoba introduces new sub-stream for Express Entry Nominations

2017-09-27T02:58:46+00:00 April 1st, 2016|

Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program has launched a new “sub-stream” to nominate a limited number of MPNP applicants for consideration under the Government of Canada’s Express Entry system.

MPNP Express Entry

MPNP Express Entry

Under the first ‘pilot’ phase of this initiative, only applicants who meet ALL the criteria below and are directly contacted by the MPNP will be considered for nomination.

How Can You Enter MPNP Express Entry Program?

The MPNP will directly contact a limited number of applicants who:

  • have an existing open application with a MPNP file number in the Skilled Worker Overseas stream within our inventory
  • have the potential to meet the eligibility criteria of at least one of the three federal economic immigration programs included in Express Entry according to the assessment of a MPNP Immigration Officer based on the documents included with your current application.

In every case, a full assessment against MPNP criteria will be completed first. All those nominated by Manitoba will have to provide evidence that they meet federal criteria when submitting their permanent residence application through Express Entry.

In the coming months, the MPNP will introduce an expanded process for considering more applicants for nomination through the federal Express Entry system. Details for future phases for an expanded MPNP Express Entry “sub-stream” will be announced soon.

30 03, 2016

Ottawa to Improve Express Entry System and Temporary Workers’ Program

2017-03-13T20:44:20+00:00 March 30th, 2016|

Immigration Minister John McCallum recently said the government plans to adjust the express-entry system to allow recent international graduates of Canadian universities to transition into the permanent express entry immigration system.

As well, beyond Atlantic Canada, TFWs will no longer be seen as competing directly for jobs with Canadian workers, including workers who are willing to move to where the jobs are.

The government should continue to promote economic opportunities for Canadian residents seeking employment in their own province or moving to other provinces in search of better opportunities. More consideration should be given to attract immigrants with skills the Canadian economy may need currently and as well as in the future. This is known as the human capital approach to immigration, a policy international immigration stakeholders continue to endorse.

24 03, 2016

Candidates Invited to Apply in Latest Express Entry Draw (March 2017)

2017-12-13T20:08:23+00:00 March 24th, 2016|

The latest draw from the Express Entry pool, the 30th draw since the system was introduced last year, has seen a total of 1,014 candidates being issued Invitations to Apply (ITAs) for Canadian permanent residence. The draw took place on March 23, 2016, and each candidate who received an ITA had 470 or more Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points.

This draw represents a slight decrease in the CRS point requirement, relative to the previous draw, which took place on March 9. The two most recent draws have seen a decrease in the number of ITAs issued; this factor would have had a significant bearing on the increase in the CRS point requirement for these rounds of invitations.

Each draw for the past ten months has selected a portion of candidates who do not have a qualifying job offer in Canada or a nomination from a Canadian province.

8 03, 2016

Quebec Immigration Minister Announces New Immigration Plan: ‘Together, We Are Québec’

2017-03-13T20:45:21+00:00 March 8th, 2016|

The new plan is, in many ways, similar to the Express Entry system used by the federal government of Canada for the selection of economic immigrants.

Under the new system, candidates seeking to immigrate as skilled workers will be required to “declare their interest” bv submitting an online profile, and will be added to a bank of candidates for a predetermined period. Applicants who most closely meet Québec’s needs will be invited to submit a formal immigration application on a priority basis. At the end of the predetermined period, candidates who have not been invited to apply will be removed from the bank.

The government of Québec staes that this “dynamic, avant-garde immigration system” is inspired by systems that have already been implemented in countries such as New Zealand, Australia, and Canada. Further, the government added that it will “increase candidate interest and help garner public support for immigration by better aligning Québec’s needs with immigrants’ profiles.”

Individuals trained in job sectors that are in high-demand will be targeted for immigration first. When asked about what can be done for highly-trained workers like doctors and engineers to get their qualification recognized, Weil said the government and employers will have to step up.

“It’s our objective to do much better.[…] We seek to have their qualification partially or fully recognized before they get here. We need to solve these problems. We have to mobilize all the players.”

Learning French is seen as integral to having the program work.

“We need to be more flexible to open more French courses. We are going to offer it to foreign students and temporary workers. […] It’s the first sense of insecurity new immigrants have.”

11 02, 2016

IRCC ( formerly known as CIC) updated instructions on procedures related to Police Certificates and Express Entry Completeness Checks

2017-06-21T04:24:10+00:00 February 11th, 2016|

This update may affect individuals who receive an Invitation To Apply (ITA) for Canadian permanent residence through Express Entry.

Language revisions were made to clarify the text, and under Exceptional circumstances, the instructions have been changed to reflect that clients are required to provide both proof of having requested a police certificate and an explanation of their best efforts to produce a police certificate before the 60-day deadline after the ITA has been issued. These Exceptional circumstances are outlined below.

In addition, the instructions have been revised to reflect that police certificates are required up front and are mandatory for each country where an individual has lived for six months or more in total, not necessarily in a row.

Document requirements

For the applicant’s current country of residence, the police certificate must have been issued no more than six months before the submission of the e-application.

For countries in which the applicant no longer resides, the police certificate must have been issued after the departure date of the last time the client resided in that country for more than six months.

Police certificates are required up front and are mandatory for each country (except Canada) where an individual has lived for a total of six months or more. This instruction is for the purpose of the completeness check. However, it is always at an officer’s discretion to request a new or additional police certificate.

Some countries require that the applicant complete a consent form to initiate a police certificate. The form is then uploaded (with any other police certificates the applicant may provide) as part of the e-application. If the application is not rejected as incomplete, the processing office will assess the consent form and electronic file and initiate the police certificate.

In exceptional circumstances, IRCC may accept proof of having requested a police certificate for such countries; and an explanation of best efforts (not a guarantee of acceptance). The applicant should explain the delay in a document and upload the document. The uploaded document must show that the applicant requested a police certificate as soon as possible after receiving their Invitation to Apply.

7 01, 2016

On January 6, 2016 the first Express Entry Draw of this year has taken place, where 1,463 candidates were invited to Apply for Immigration to Canada

2017-03-13T20:41:40+00:00 January 7th, 2016|

A total of 1,463 Invitations to Apply (ITAs) for Canadian permanent residence were issued to candidates with 461 or more Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points.

The latest draw represents a marginal increase in the CRS requirement. During a webinar hosted by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) on December 16, 2015, a CIC Policy Analyst made important announcements regarding the short- and medium-term future of Express Entry.

“The number of invitations issued per round is expected to increase as the pre-Express Entry inventory of applications is finalised. In turn, it is expected that the minimum score of those that are invited to apply will drop,” she stated.

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