IMPACT – MEDIUM
What is the change? A report on the first full year of Canada’s Express Entry system has been released by the ministry of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.
What does the change mean? More than 31,000 invitations to apply for permanent residency were issued to foreign nationals in the first year, of which more than 21,000 applications remain pending and about 10,000 foreign nationals and their family members were admitted to Canada.
Background: The Express Entry system launched in January 2015, using a 1,200-point comprehensive ranking system to prioritize candidates for permanent residency. Individuals must set up an online profile and earn points for qualifying job offers or provincial nominations and various human capital factors. Those who have an LMIA-supported job offer or a provincial nomination are automatically awarded 600 points.
BAL Analysis: Although the report is only a snapshot and the system is evolving, it confirms the strong advantage of those with an LMIA-supported job offer or provincial nomination. In addition, most of the successful applicants were in skilled positions. The report also showed that international students are at a serious disadvantage under Express Entry in contrast to the previous system.
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