Express Entry Point Changes

The main point change to the Express Entry system is to the CRS scores awarded to LMIAs and Canadian education.

LMIA POINT CHANGES

If you have an LMIA, you generally get only 50 points (down from 600).

However, if your LMIA is in a Managerial position (beginning with "00"), then you will get 200 points (down from 600).

Bottom line: an LMIA is not  the golden ticket to an invitation to apply it once was. But it can help quite a bit.  This should address low "human capital" applicants with an arranged job offer being picked over those with high human capital.

 

CANADIAN EDUCATION POINT CHANGES

You now get "additional points" for Canadian education (above all your existing points), if:

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  1. You obtained your education in a Canadian educational institution.
  2. You were enrolled in this institution for at least 8 months.
  3. You physically were in Canada for at least 8 months.

If these criteria are met, then the additional points are:

  • 15 points for 1-2 year programs;
  • 30 points for 3+ year programs, Masters, and PhDs.

Bottom line: this change will boost most Canadian educated applicants stuck between 400-449 to above 450, and hopefully allow them to receive an invitation to apply. The policy behind this is undoubtedly to lessen the difficulties of those applicants who would have otherwise been eligible under the CEC program.

CRS POINTS FOR NAFTA, AND OTHER CLOSED WORK PERMIT HOLDERS

Applicants will also receive 50-200 points if they receive a job offer from a specific employer. This employer has to be named on the work permit, meaning individuals under Post-Grad Work permit programs will not qualify. Individuals who hold a closed work permit based on Young Professional or NAFTA (or any other trade agreement), will.

90 DAYS TO APPLY

Applicants will now have 90 days (3 months) to apply, rather than 60 days (2 months). Will applicants also receive additional time to respond to document requests (currently 7 days)?.