Express Entry

Canada: New Express Entry scoring system

New Express Entry Scoring System Means Faster Selection for Labour Market Impact Assessment-Exempt Work Permit Holders.

On or after November 19, 2016, permanent residence candidates applying through the Express Entry program will be subject to a new scoring system, according to new ministerial instructions issued by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.

The most notable changes and their results include the following:

Canada: Potential express entry reforms and expedited work permit processing option announced

At an event hosted by the Toronto Board of Trade and the Pearson Centre for Progressive Policy on May 24, 2016 to address Canada’s immigration policies and regulations from an economic standpoint, the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, Hon. John McCallum, announced potential immigration policy changes. A House of Commons committee is reviewing the existing temporary and permanent worker programs and the government plans to use the Committee’s recommendations to create policies that increase the number of economic immigrants and ensure national competitiveness.

Canada: Improvements to Express Entry program and international mobility programs announced

Several planned changes were announced for the Express Entry and International Mobility programs at the annual Canadian Bar Association Immigration Section Conference in Vancouver, held last week.  Fragomen Canada’s attendance at the Canadian Bar Association conference allowed Fragomen to voice client opinions and concerns about future immigration policies. Key changes and findings are discussed below.

Canada: Provincial nomination intake re-opened for Alberta and British Columbia

The provincial governments of Alberta and British Colombia have re-opened the nomination streams and categories under the Alberta Immigrant Nominee (AINP) and British Columbia Nominee Programs (BC PNP), respectively, after the programs’ quotas were reached for 2015.

The programs offer foreign nationals and their spouses or common law partners and dependent children permanent residence.