IRCC (Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada) has brought about certain significant alterations in the CRS (Comprehensive Ranking System) meant for its Express Entry immigration mechanism. These changes are expected to have a major impact on the aspiring immigrants who apply under 3 federal programs under Express Entry, viz. The Federal Skilled Trades Class, the Federal Skilled Worker Class and the Canadian Experience Class. These new rules would come into force from 19th November 2016. As per the changes, a qualifying job offer would now fetch you 200 points if it is of an occupation which features in Major Group 00 of the National Occupational Classification. These occupations are the following –
- 0011 Legislators
- 0012 Senior government managers and officials
- 0013 Senior managers – financial, communications and other business services
- 0014 Senior managers – health, education, social and community services and membership organizations
- 0015 Senior managers – trade, broadcasting and other services not elsewhere classified
- 0016 Senior managers – construction, transportation, production and utilities
In case the offer is any other qualifying offer of arranged employment, it would fetch you 50 points.
As per the earlier arrangement, the qualifying job offers which were supported by the Labour Marker Impact Assessment used to fetch 600 points as per the CRS. Now, apart from the 200 or 50 points scheme, some of the work permit holders would be given points keeping in mind their job offer even if an LMIA is not obtained.
The new regulations also apply to the following individuals apart from the LMIA holders –
- Any individual carrying a work permit as part of an international agreements
- Any individual carrying a work permit which was issued as part of the ‘significant benefits to Canada’ criteria
In order to avail the benefits in the above mentioned cases, the worker must have been employed in Canada for a minimum of 1 year and the work permit and the job offer must carry the name of the same employer.
The points given for educational credentials have also undergone a change with this new ruling. The new criteria would be as following –
- No points, in case the foreign national has a secondary school educational credential;
- The applicant would be awarded 15 points if the foreign national has an eligible credential from a one-year or two-year post-secondary program; and
- 30 points would be awarded in case the foreign national has either:
- an eligible credential from a post-secondary program of three years or more,
- an eligible credential from a university-level program at the master’s level or at the level of an entry-to-practice professional degree for an occupation listed in the National Occupational Classification matrix at Skill Level A for which licensing by a provincial regulatory body is required, or
- an eligible credential from a university-level program at the doctoral level.
The foreign national must fulfil the following criteria in case he or she is to be assigned points for Canadian study experience –
- studied in Canada at a Canadian educational institution;
- was enrolled in full-time study or training for at least eight months; and
- was physically present in Canada for at least eight months.
Invitations to Apply à Compared to the earlier validity period of 60 days, the ITA would now be valid for a period of 90 days from the receipt of the ITA.
These changes may automatically come into being for all the profiles which have been submitted in the Express Entry Pool. Those applicants who don’t have a job offer would notice that their profiles have become more competitive irrespective of whether there is a change in the number of points awarded. This is because the candidates with LMIA based job offers would see a dip in scores by up to 550 points.
PNPs à The decisive factor
With the changed rules, any applicant who has obtained nomination certification through a PNP (Provincial Nominee Program) category would still get 600 points. Also, there was a recent announcement that Canada would induct close to 51,000 new immigrants through the PNPs the next year.