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Express Entry cutoff levels off in mid 400s

In order to get permanent residence in Canada through the Express Entry system, you must first meet the minimum requirements for one of the job-based immigration programs. This gets you into the Express Entry pool. Next, you must get an Invitation to Apply (ITA) based on your score in the Comprehensive Ranking System known as CRS.  If you have a job offer or provincial nomination, you get an automatic 600 points in the Comprehensive Ranking System, and a guaranteed Invitation to Apply. But most people do not qualify for the 600 points. There have now been four draws from the Express…

Good news: Express Entry cutoff level drops under 600 for first time

The latest Express Entry draw held March 20, 2015 had a cutoff point of 481. Applicants with a confirmed job offer or provincial nomination get an automatic 600 points, and the lowest previous cutoff was 735 from the February 27 draw. So the March 20 draw was the first to include persons without a job offer or provincial nomination. This confirms our prediction that the cutoff point would eventually drop below 600.

First Express Entry draw disappointing

On January 31, 2015, Canada held the first “draw” from the Express Entry Pool. Surprisingly, only 779 persons were drawn from the “pool,” and the cutoff mark was set at 886. It is impossible to score more than 600 points without either a job offer supported by a Labor Market Impact Assessment or a Provincial Nomination. Therefore, only persons with job offers or provincial nominations were drawn from the pool. Indeed, some applicants who did have job offers were left behind in the first draw. This is contrary to the repeated assurances of Canadian government officials that a job offer…

Express Entry is here!

On January 1, 2105, at high noon, Canada launched the new Express Entry program. Express Entry is a new means of managing applications for the Skilled Worker Class, Canada Experience Class, Federal Skilled Trades Class, and a portion of the Provincial Nominee program. Initial applications under Express Entry may be filed for any skilled occupation, and no job offer is required. Initial applications must include language test results in either English or French. The best qualified candidates will receive invitations to apply for permanent residence. These applications will be processed to completion in six months or less in most cases….

Canada releases details on ranking system for Express Entry

On December 1, 2014, the Canadian government issued a 23 page set of “Minister’s Instructions” explaining the new Express Entry System that will go into effect on January 1, 2015. Express Entry is not a new immigration classification. Rather, it is a way of determining who will be allowed to apply under four economic immigration categories that already exist. These categories are the Federal Skilled Worker Class; the Federal Skilled Trades Class; the Canadian Experience Class; and a portion of the provincial nominee class. Until December 31, 2014, applications for these programs have been managed through a system of quotas….

Canada confirms Express Entry to begin January 1, 2015

On November 19, 2014, the Government of Canada published an Order stating that the new Express Entry system will come into effect on January 1, 2015. The Express Entry system is a new pre-screening device for Skilled Worker applications, as well as for applications under the Canada Experience Class, Skilled Trades, and a portion of the Provincial Nominee programs. As of January 1, 2015, applicants will have to post a profile on a government of Canada website, but will not be able to apply directly under any of these programs. The government will then “invite” certain applicants to file a…

Current Canada Skilled Worker Program will end soon

Since May 1, 2014, Canada has offered a new skilled worker program that is available to persons without job offers. The program has been limited to 50 listed occupations. There is a cap of 1,000 applications for each occupation, and an overall cap of 25,000. Canada has announced that as of January 1, 2015, persons will no longer be allowed to apply directly to this program. Instead, persons will be encouraged to file expressions of interest. Canada will then issue “invitations” to apply based on a new ranking scheme. Canada has not yet announced what criteria will be applied. It…

David Manicom clarifies future of Canadian skilled worker immigration

In response to questions asked by Allen & Hodgman attorney Bruce Allen at the Canadian Bar Association 2014 Immigration Law Conference, being held May 8-9 in Calgary, Alberta, the future of Canadian skilled worker immigration began to take shape. David Manicom, Director General of the Immigration Policy Branch of the Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration, stated the following: As of January 1, 2015, individuals will no longer be able to file applications directly for the Federal Skilled Worker Program, Federal Skilled Trades Program, or Canadian Experience Class. As of January 1, 2015, a new system will go into effect where…

Nova Scotia closes Regional Labour Market Demand Stream

On April 28, 2014, the Nova Scotia Office of Immigration announced that it had received enough applications to reach the program cap. The program will open again on January 1, 2015. We would encourage persons with an interest in this program to plan a trip to Nova Scotia to learn more about the province, and to file new applications as soon as the program re-opens next year. In the meantime, the Canadian federal government has re-opened the Federal Skilled Worker program effective May 1, 2014. Up to 25,000 applications will be accepted without job offers in 50 listed occupations. All…

Canada announces new skilled worker occupations for 2014

On April 24, 2014, Citizenship and Immigration Canada issued a press release stating that the federal skilled worker program would be re-opened on May 1, 2014. The announcement included a list of 50 occupations. Applicants with one year of experience in one of these occupations may be eligible to apply without a job offer. Applicants may intend to live anywhere in Canada other than Quebec. For persons with no job offer, there will be a cap of 1,000 applications in each eligible category. There will be an overall cap of 25,000. Both numbers represent a large increase from last year….