BREAKING: Minister McCallum, via Canadian Gazette, have announced changes coming to the Express Entry system that will make it easier for Canadian-educated foreign nationals to apply for Permanent Residency.
Points for having an LMIA have been reduced significantly (see below). Additional points have been awarded for Canadian education, if an individual has studied physically in Canada for at least 8 months at a Canadian institution.
These changes will come into effect on November 19, 2016 and should offer reprieve for applicants that are currently stuck in between the 400-449 range, with a maximum of 30 points being granted (3+ year post secondary program).
I anticipate that individuals who are within that range should be boosted to above 450, and within reach of an invitation to apply.
In short: great news for pure CEC candidates and individuals with post grad work permits.
See my post below for a breakdown of the two most important changes.