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March 2015

Express Entry Add Another Invitation Round For Permanent Residency Visas

Published: Wednesday 25 March 2015

Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has recently issued its fifth round of Invitations to Apply for Permanent Residence, after completing a drawing of candidates from the country’s new Express Entry immigration system. A total of 1,620 invitations were issued to applicants with scores of 481 points or higher. This is the first round of invitations that has included candidates not currently holding a job offer supported by a positive Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) or a Provincial Nomination Programme (PNP) certificate. In order to have qualified for invitation in the most recent draw, a candidate required a graduate degree from a post-secondary institution, significant Canadian and foreign work experience and excellent language skills in either English or French. Express Entry was launched in January this year as Canada’s new immigration application management system. Applicants now have to submit an expression of interest instead of applying for a visa, with the top candidates then being invited to apply for a visa. Applicants are awarded up to 600 points based on a number of factors meant to assess their ability to succeed in Canada, including age, language skills, education and work experience. An additional 600 points are awarded for holding a Canadian job offer supported by a positive Labour Market Impact Assessment. Since the programme’s inception at the start of this year it has invited just under 6,000 people to apply for a visa. Read more about the changing trends in Canadian immigration.