CANADA | New Rules for Express Entry Permanent Residency Program Took Effect November 19
Effective November 19, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has revamped the scoring system for selecting immigrants for permanent residence in Canada via its Express Entry Program. The changes will primarily benefit foreign nationals seeking permanent residence who are currently working in Canada on work permits exempt from Labour Market Impact Assessments (LMIAs). Those negatively affected by these changes may prove to be foreign nationals with LMIA-backed positions who benefited under the old scheme. In almost all cases, the changes will result in lower overall scores and selection thresholds, but a more level “playing field” for candidates in the various work permit categories.
Canada’s Express Entry program, launched in January 2015, is a points-based system used to evaluate applications for permanent residence. It uses a 1200-point maximum scale with points awarded based on factors such as language proficiency, education, work experience, and current employment in Canada. While applicants selected from the Express Entry pool are not automatically granted Canadian permanent residence, candidates selected in a draw are issued an Invitation to Apply (ITA) that subsequently allows them to complete their Canadian permanent residence applications via a specialized online portal. Under these new rules, the period for providing information after receiving an ITA has been increased from 60 days to 90 days.