Here’s some breaking news for all those who are interested in applying for permanent residence to Canada. All of you, who initially were not so sure of your eligibility will now find it easier to score more points under the revamped CRS!
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is soon going to revamp its Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) for its Express Entry immigration selection system. These changes will take effect on November 19, 2016.
Please read further to see how the new changes will affect you.
The significant changes to job offers are:
A qualifying job offer is now worth 200 points if the offer is in an occupation contained in a Major Group 00 of the National Occupational Classification (senior managerial level position). These occupations are:
0012 Senior government managers and officials
0013 Senior managers – financial, communications and other business services
0014 Senior managers – health, education, social and community services and membership organizations
0015 Senior managers – trade, broadcasting and other services not elsewhere classified.
0016 Senior managers – construction, transportation, production and utilities
A qualifying job offer is now worth 50 points if the offer is any other qualifying offer of arranged employment.
Previously, qualifying job offers supported by a Labour Market Impact Assessment were worth 600 points. With the new changes, applicants will be awarded either 50 or 200 points.
Canadian study now gives extra points
The points that are to be assigned for a Canadian educational credential are the following:
0 points, if the foreign national has a secondary school educational credential;
15 points, if the foreign national has an eligible credential from a one-year or two-year post-secondary program; and
30 points, if the foreign national has either:
an eligible credential from a post-secondary program of three years or more,
an eligible credential from a university-level program at the master’s level or at the level of an entry-to-practice professional degree for an occupation listed in the National Occupational Classification matrix at Skill Level A for which licensing by a provincial regulatory body is required, or
an eligible credential from a university-level program at the doctoral level.
Points are only assigned for Canadian study experience if, for the purpose of obtaining the credential, the foreign national:
Studied in Canada at a Canadian educational institution;
was enrolled in full-time study or training for at least eight months; and was physically present in Canada for at least eight months.
Before these changes, there were no additional points available for international students/graduates who had completed a study program in Canada. The changes reflect the government’s goal of providing simpler pathways to permanent residents to international students and graduates in Canada.
Invitations to Apply
Candidates who receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residence will now have additional time to submit a complete application to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). Candidates will now be given 90 days to submit their application, while previously they were given only 60 days!
The new changes will benefit a lot of candidates who are now thinking of applying. They will also benefit those already in the pool as their points may now be increased, besides they will now become more competitive compared to candidates with job offers as their points would have dropped by 550 points.
This will be a good time to apply! Should you be interested, please send in your resumes or call us immediately.