Changes to Canada’s Express Entry immigration system will take effect on 19th November.
The changes are part of a number of improvements the Government is making to bring changes for a more fair and responsive immigration system that will address emerging needs and ensure long-term economic growth for the middle class.
The improvements will include awarding extra points for job offers to eligible candidates already in Canada on Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) exempt work permits, and to international students who completed their studies in Canada. In addition, more time will be allocated to candidates to submit an application for permanent residence once an invitation to apply is received.
These improvements to Express Entry are aimed to support the Global Skills Strategy, contribute to Canada’s economic growth, drive innovation leading to new businesses, and assists employers in meeting labour market needs.
“We have committed to doing more to attract highly skilled immigrants to come to Canada and become permanent residents, because this is important to build our economy and strengthen our society,” said John McCallum, Canada’s Immigration Minister. “I am confident that the changes to Express Entry will be one of the many positive outcomes of the changes we will be bringing to our immigration system.”
Highly skilled immigrants, such as those who come through the Express Entry system, help strengthen Canada’s competitiveness in the global marketplace and are able to quickly contribute to Canada’s economy and society. They help create jobs, spur innovation and provide opportunities for more Canadians.
Article published 15th November 2016