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Changes Made To Canada Express Entry Ranking System

Changes Made To Canada Express Entry Ranking System will affect candidates immigration to Canada. Canada’s Express Entry program has finally been revamped, with major changes made to its Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). However, the changes will affect candidates for immigration to Canada through the three federal programs managed through Express Entry: the Federal Skilled Worker Class, the Federal Skilled Trades Class, and the Canadian Experience Class.

The program uses a points-based system to determine one’s eligibility to immigrate to Canada. Points are awarded considering factors such as: age, education, work experience as well as language ability.

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has made two major changes:

  • The number of points awarded for a qualifying job offer or a nomination certificate from a Canadian province has changed from 600 points to 200 or 50 points, depending on the job offered.
  • CRS points will be given to international students who have completed a post-secondary education in Canada

For international students:

  • Those with an eligible credential from a one-year or two-year post-secondary program will be awarded 15 points
  • Students who hold a three-years degree or diploma, Master’s degree or a PHD will be awarded 30 points

Please note that points are only awarded for Canadian study experience, which means you must:

  • Have studied at a Canadian educational institution in Canada
  • Have been enrolled in full-time study or training for at least eight months
  • Have been physically present in Canada for a minimum of eight months

For candidates with a qualifying job offer:

  • Candidates with an LMIA-approved job offer will be awarded points, or will be given to holders of a work permit issued through international agreements such as NAFTA, or through section 205 of the Canadian regulations such as inter-company transferees.
  • If the qualifying job offer is included in group 00 of the NOC (Senior Management), candidates will be given 200 points.
  • If the qualifying job offer is among the other occupations under A or B of the NOC, candidates will receive 50 points.
  • Candidates who hold a nomination certificate from a Canadian province will still be awarded 600 points.

Canadian government is seriously working on making it easier for international students and graduates to become permanent residents.

30 extra days to apply for Permanent Residence

In addition to the changes made to the CRS,  30 more days for submitting applications for the permanent residence(PR) will be given to applicants who receive an invitation to apply. You will now have 90 days to apply for the PR instead of the previous 60 days.

Please note: Those that are not in the Express Entry Pool will never have the opportunity to live and work in Canada permanently.

You can also see how to get a work visa to Canada in 2019.