Stay informed about the Express Entry changes, which take effect from November 19, 2016.
Sweeping changes have been made to the points-based ranking system used to evaluate Express Entry candidates, aimed at boosting the chances for foreign students in Canada of securing residency.
The government has signalled for some time that it wants to make permanent residency more attainable for students in Canada. They’re regarded as ideal residency candidates, having already integrated into the local society with Canadian qualifications.
Under the Express Entry changes, the number of points assigned for candidates with a qualifying job offer is to fall dramatically. Previously, this meant having an LMIA-approved job offer only.
However, the scope of what’s considered a qualifying job offer is to be expanded in a way that benefits IEC candidates with a Young Professionals visa. Those with work permits issued through trade agreements (such as NAFTA) may also gain an advantage.
The changes mean the number of points awarded to candidates in the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) will change in certain categories. The CRS is used to rank all Express Entry candidates, and a select number of the highest-ranking hopefuls receive invitations to apply in regular Express Entry draws.