Sharon Sejung AnThe Express Entry was launched on January 1, 2015. There has been a recent announcement by Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada as to changes in the point system under the Express Entry. The changes came into effect on November 19, 2016.

The changes will affect certain Canadian work permit holders and graduates of Canadian post-secondary institutions.

Previously, 600 points were awarded for applicants with an Offer of Employment supported by a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA). The 600 points have been removed. Instead, 200 points are awarded to qualified Canadian work permit holders in executive-level (NOC 00) positions and 50 points are awarded to qualified Canadian work permit holders in NOC A or B level positions. Offer of Employment without an LMIA may be awarded points if the Canadian work permit holders has an employer- specific work permit and at least one year of work experience with the employer.

Canadian Immigration Saskatoon Asian NewsweekOther notable changes include additional points being available for graduates of certain Canadian post-secondary programs, allowing applicants 90 days to submit their supporting documents after receiving an Invitation to Apply (instead of 60 days previously), and requiring language test results and education credential assessments to be submitted with the Express Entry profile submission.

Anyone wishing to apply under Express Entry should reassess his or her points under the new point system to determine their new score.

Every situation is different, and laws and policies on immigration change all the time. You are encouraged to seek professional advisor regarding your individual situation. This article has been prepared by Sharon Se Jung An of Miller Thomson. For any questions: san@millerthomson.com