Canada Express Entry Update – Allotment of Additional Points Effective from Today

Posted on June 6, 2017

The recently announced changes to Canada Express Entry are into effect from today, i.e. June 6 2017. Going further, applicants with siblings in Canada and applicants with proven French proficiency will be benefited with additional points, ultimately boosting their CRS ranking.

In context to these changes, Canada’s Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen quoted “Economic immigration programs managed by the Express Entry system attract highly talented and skilled immigrants that businesses need to help grow and strengthen our economy.“As the improvements are implemented, I’m pleased that Canada will welcome more skilled immigrants with siblings in Canada who can help them quickly integrate into their new life here, and that we’ll continue to see Francophone minority communities flourish.”

The below table details the changes Express Entry has brought from time to time, so as to make its immigration system flexible according to country’s requirement.

CHANGEUNDER NEW SYSTEMPREVIOUS SYSTEMDATE IMPLEMENTED
Number of points awarded for a job offer within NOC major group 00 200 CRS points available 600 CRS points were availableNov 19, 2016
 Number of points awarded for any other skilled job offer 50 points available 600 CRS points were availableNov 19, 2016
Larger range of candidates eligible for points for a job offer NAFTA, Intra-Company Transfer, LMIA work permit holders among candidates eligible for points LMIA was requiredNov 19, 2016
 Job offer duration requirement At least one year IndeterminateNov 19, 2016
 1- or 2-year post-secondary education credential in Canada  15 CRS points available New additional factorNov 19, 2016
 3-year credential/Master’s/Entry-to-practice professional degree/PhD in Canada 30 CRS points available New additional factorNov 19, 2016
 Validity period of Invitation to Apply 90 days 60 daysNov 19, 2016
Points awarded for principal applicant or spouse/common-law partner having a sibling in Canada15 CRS points availableNew additional factorJune 6, 2017
 French CLB 7 or better + English CLB 4 or below 15 CRS points availableNew additional factorJune 6, 2017
 French CLB 7 or better + English CLB 5 or better 30 CRS points availableNew additional factorJune 6, 2017
Job Bank registration Voluntary Mandatory for candidates without a job offerJune 6, 2017

Source: CIC News