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Update to processing instructions for applications submitted under Express Entry

Program delivery update – November 21, 2016
Update to processing instructions for applications submitted under Express Entry

Due to various amendments to the Ministerial Instructions and Regulations as part of the Express Entry reform, the following updates to the processing instructions have been made, along with some minor corrections to content:

The job offer duration requirement has changed from indeterminate to at least one year.
The requirement for clients to respond to an Invitation to Apply (ITA) by submitting an application for permanent residence has changed from 60 to 90 days before the client’s ITA expires.
The requirements for arranged employment have been updated to reflect that some job offers will be Labour Market Impact Assessment exempt if they meet the new criteria.
The generic document checklist has ceased to be in use as of the launch of Express Entry on January 1, 2015.
Proof of funds has been moved to the Mandatory documents (only if applicable) section, since proof of funds has never been mandatory for Canadian experience class applicants.
Information on documentation attesting to a civil status of legally separated has been included.
Wording on the Express Entry Provincial Nominee Program has been corrected to ensure consistency in guidance.
Wording on federal skilled worker adaptability has been corrected to reflect the current version of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations since the May 2013 amendment.
The requirements regarding translated documents, police certificates and medical assessments in the submission of a complete application for Express Entry have been clarified.

Atlantic premiers, Ottawa announce pilot project to boost immigration

The federal government and the four Atlantic premiers are launching a three-year pilot project to dramatically increase immigration, nearly doubling the intake into the region, as part of a new strategy to counter aging populations and slumping economies.

Under this immigration plan – a key plank in the new Atlantic Growth Strategy, which is also aimed at boosting job creation and innovation – the federal government will admit 2,000 immigrants and their families in 2017. This is in addition to what the provinces are allowed under the current provincial nominee program.

If the new program works well, the number of spots could increase over the remaining two years. The number of immigrants will not be divided equally among the four provinces; rather, the program is focused on better matching the skills of immigrants to the requirements of local businesses and employers.


Express Entry One Year report – 2015 – Caution

Express Entry One Year report – 2015 – Caution

In 2015, 191,279 profiles were created in the pool, but 88,048 of them were removed because the applicants did not meet the criteria for any of the four economic immigration classes.

Of the remaining candidates, only 31,000 (30 %), received an invitation to immigrate here.

The high number of rejection of profiles highlight the fact that there are too many pitfalls in creating Express Entry profile on your own. It is strongly advised to retain the services of professional consultants to do your applications right from the start to avoid loss of precious time and disappointment.

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Express Entry One Year report – 2015

Express Entry One Year report – 2015

In 2015, under Express Entry, more than 31,000 invitations to apply for permanent residence have been issued and out of those, 10,000 individuals have already landed in Canada as permanent residents,” said the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada review.

“Key findings were that professors found a place in the top 10 occupations list and that many international students fare well in Express Entry.”
2,356 applicants invited to immigrate last year were “food service supervisors,” followed by 2,295 cooks. Together the two occupations accounted for 16 percent of those who became permanent residents in Canada.

Information systems analysts, software engineers, computer programmers and interactive media developers, university professors and lecturers, retail sales supervisors, graphic designers and illustrators, financial auditors and accountants, and financial investment analysts rounded up the top ten.

Language Proficiency required for Immigrating to Canada

Language requirements — Express Entry (Skilled immigrants)

You must prove your ability in English or French in these four areas:

reading, and
You must meet the minimum language levels, which are different depending on the program.

Language requirements —

Skilled immigrants (Express Entry)
You must meet the minimum level of Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 7 in English or
Niveaux de compétence linguistique canadiens (NCLC) 7 in French
for your first official language in all four language abilities.
To get points for your second official language, you must meet the minimum level of CLB 5 in all four language abilities.

Canadian Experience Class

The skills you need will depend on the group the job is classified in under the National Occupational Classification system (NOC). You must meet the minimum level for all four language abilities.
If your skilled work experience in Canada is in a
• NOC 0 or A job, the minimum level is CLB 7 (English) or NCLC 7 (French).
• NOC B job, the minimum level is CLB 5 (English) or NCLC 5 (French).

Federal Skilled Trades Program

You must meet the minimum level of
• CLB 5 (English) or NCLC 5 (French) for speaking and listening, and
• CLB 4 (English) or NCLC 4 (French) for reading and writing.
You must take a language test approved by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) and include the results when you complete your Express Entry profile if you are invited to apply for permanent residence.

If you do not, you will not be eligible for Express Entry.
How long language test results are valid for –

Your test results must be less than two years old when you submit your application for permanent residence.

You can use your test results to find your CLB level.

IELTS – First official language (Maximum 24 points)

7 6.0 6.0 – 7.0 6.0 6.0 4
8 6.5 7.5 6.5 6.5 5
9 7.0 8.0 7.0 7.0 6
10 and above 7.5 – 9.0 8.5 – 9.0 8.0 – 9.0 7.5 – 9.0 6
Second official language (4 points if you meet the minimum threshold in all four language abilities)

5 and above 5.0 – 9.0 5.0 – 9.0 4.0 – 9.0 5.0 – 9.0 4

Important Highlights of EXPRESS ENTRY – Canada


1. Temporary foreign workers

High-skilled temporary foreign workers will be able to apply for permanent residency through express entry.
If an employer wants to offer a temporary foreign worker a permanent job, a foreign worker could apply through express entry. Employers will have to apply for a labour market impact assessment, to prove they made every effort to hire a Canadian worker for the job.

2. Hiring younger

The new points system used to fast track permanent residency for skilled immigrants under express entry will favour younger newcomers over older ones.

“The comprehensive ranking system will give applicants up to a maximum of 1,200 points. Basically, 600 points are given based on their human capital, on their work experience, on their education, on their language skills, on their age, with a heavy weight in favour of younger immigrants.

3. Permanent residency ‘draw’

First “invitations to apply” for permanent residency will be sent out by the last week of January.

There will be a “draw” every two weeks.

Applicants will be able to see how they are ranked against each other in the pool.

Once a skilled immigrant has received an offer to apply for permanent residency, he or she would have 60 days to accept or decline the offer.

If the applicant doesn’t receive an offer of permanent residency after 12 months, he or she will have to start the process again.

4. Applications received before Jan. 1

Come the New Year, the government says it will still process applications submitted under the old system as well as applications submitted on Jan.1 or after.

Applications will be processed “on a parallel track,” The “vast majority” of the backlogs in the Federal Skilled Worker Program will be “sorted out” in 2015.

By Pritpal Ranhotra

First Round of Express Entry

First round of Express Entry candidates invited to fill labour market needs and contribute to Canada’s economic growth

February 2, 2015 — Ottawa — Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander today announced that the first round of top-ranked candidates from Canada’s Express Entry system is already helping to fill demonstrated and verifiable gaps in Canada’s labour market.

On Saturday, January 31, 779 skilled workers, including professionals in natural and applied sciences, and industrial, electrical and construction trades, were invited to apply for permanent residency in Canada. Each of these candidates declared that they already have a valid job offer or provincial nomination.

Under Express Entry, skilled workers who want to apply to Canada’s key economic immigration programs are able to create an online profile and express their interest in coming to Canada permanently.

Candidates who are accepted into the pool are ranked according to various factors, including language proficiency, education and work experience. Each is a leading indicator of one’s likelihood of integrating fully and quickly into Canadian society and making an optimal contribution to the economy.

Canada will regularly invite the highest-ranking candidates from the pool to apply to immigrate. With most applications being processed in six months or less, candidates will be able to contribute to Canada’s economy and job market more quickly than ever before.

Government Unveils New Immigrant Investor Venture Capital Pilot Program

Canada will unveil a pilot program in January 2015 to attract experienced business immigrants who can actively invest in the Canadian economy, stimulating innovation, economic growth an


Immigrant investor programs are currently in place in more than 30 countries worldwide.

The Government of Canada ended the previous Immigrant Investor Program and the Entrepreneur Program as neither program was determined to have contributed to Canada’s economic growth. Research indicated that immigrant investors under the previous programs were less likely than other immigrants to stay in Canada over the medium to long term.

By requiring a non-guaranteed investment of $2 million and including more selection criteria for skills and abilities, the Immigrant Investor Venture Capital Pilot Program will test a new approach to immigrant investor programming in Canada.

Investments into the Immigrant Investor Venture Capital fund will be used to seed innovative Canadian start-ups with high growth potential.

Immigrant investors who are selected will be required to obtain a due diligence report from a designated service provider in order to prove that their net worth of at least $10 million has been obtained from lawful, profit-making business activities.

Getting Ready to Launch Express Entry


December 1, 2014 — Ottawa — Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander today confirmed it’s one month and counting until Express Entry launches a new phase of active immigration recruitment to meet economic and labour market needs. Potential candidates can create their profile on January 1st, 2015, with the first Invitations to Apply issued within weeks.

Express Entry will help select skilled immigrants based on their skills and experience. Those with valid job offers or provincial/territorial nominations will be picked first. Details published today in the Canada Gazette explain how candidates will be ranked and selected, based on these factors that research shows are linked to success in the Canadian economy. Research shows these criteria will help ensure newcomers participate more fully in the Canada’s economy and integrate more quickly into Canadian society.

Minister Alexander also highlighted that additional information was published on the CIC website to help potential immigrants and employers understand the new system, and to promote Canada as a destination of choice based on a strong economy, low taxes and job opportunities.

Express Entry will result in faster processing and will allow the Government of Canada to be more flexible and respond better to Canada’s changing labour market needs.

Quick facts

  • Express Entry will manage applications for three federal economic immigration programs: the Federal Skilled Worker Program, Federal Skilled Trades Program and the Canadian Experience Class.
  • Provinces and Territories will be able to use the Express Entry system to select a portion of candidates for their Provincial Nominee Programs.
  • Express Entry will launch at 12 noon EST January 1st, 2015. The first draw for an invitation to apply is scheduled for the last week of January.
  • Once candidates have been selected from the pool they will need to complete the immigration process, which includes health and security checks. Applications will be processed in six months or less.
  • Canada is one of the most multicultural countries in the world, with clean and friendly cities, world-class universities, and business and job opportunities.Choose Canada.

New Federal Skilled Trades Immigration Program Receives Widespread Praise

“The Canadian Construction Association is especially pleased to hear today’s announcement that the new federal Skilled Trades Program to be launched on January 2nd, 2013.  The introduction of a dedicated and streamlined program for skilled trades addresses many of the shortcomings in the current federal Skilled Worker Program.  The new program ensures greater consideration is given to the needs of the industry when processing eligible immigrant applications.

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