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What is the change? Canada conducted an Express Entry draw Wednesday, but limited its invitation to apply to provincial nominees only. A total of 559 invitations to apply were issued to provincial nominees with a minimum qualifying score of 786 points.
What does the change mean? Because the draw only included individuals selected by provincial nominee programs, it is not an indicator of how new changes to the comprehensive ranking system will affect Express Entry candidates in coming months.
Express Entry Draws in 2016:
Background: Canada recently made substantial changes its Express Entry scoring system. The changes benefit candidates who already hold employer-specific work permits that are exempt from a Labor Market Impact Assessment and have worked at least one year for that employer, as well as graduates of Canadian post-secondary educational institutions. Under the new system, 600 points are no longer awarded for LMIA-approved job offers.
B·A·L Analysis: Today’s draw was highly anticipated as the first draw since new changes to the Express Entry scoring system took effect on Nov. 19. However, the invitations to apply in today’s draw were not based soley on human-capital factors and thus provide little insight into how the changes will affect Express Entry selections and minimum scores in the long term.
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