Canada Express Entry system changes

Canada Express Entry system changes

Immigration & Citizenship Canada recently planned a few changes to the Express Entry system. Now, it has been officially announced that Express Entry is going to experience several improvements which shall come into effect from November 19, 2016.

Have a look at what has changed in the Express Entry System:

1. Points allotment for a job offer: As of the current rule, a valid job offer could help an applicant score up to 600 points. The change has dropped the score range between 50-200 points. If the offer is among the Major Group 00 of the NOC, the applicant gets a score of 200 points. Occupations other than these will get 50 points on having a valid job offer.

2. Additional score for Canadian Education: To ease permanent resident pathway for international students or graduates with Canadian qualification, Express Entry will allot points for Canadian study experience, in the following manner:

0 pointsFor secondary school educational credential

15 pointsFor a one-year or two-year post-secondary program

30 pointsa post-secondary program of three years or more


the university-level program at the master’s level


entry-to-practice professional degree for an occupation listed in the National Occupational Classification matrix at Skill Level A (with a valid license from the provincial regulatory body)


a university-level program at the doctoral level

However, the applicant is only eligible for these points if he- has studied at Canadian educational institution, was enrolled in full-time study for at least 8 months & was physically present in Canada for minimum eight months.

3. Additional time to submit PR application after ITA: While CIC currently allows a time period of 60 days to submit a PR application on receiving the ITA, this time period has extended. After November 19, applicants receiving their ITA will have 90 days of time to submit their PR applications. For more details Contact Us.

4. PNP programs to open frequently: IRCC’s recently-released Immigration Plan for 2017 reflects that Canada aims to welcome around 51,000 new immigrants through the Provincial Nominee Programs in the coming year. For this, there would be a frequent opening of PNP options for immigrants.

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