The number of points needed under the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) needed in order to receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for Canadian immigration has remained at its lowest ever level. In the eighteenth Express Entry points system draw on 2 October 2015, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) issued 1,530 ITAs to candidates with 450 or more CRS points. The eighteenth draw was therefore, identical to the seventeenth draw in terms of number of ITAs issued and CRS points required.
While some candidates received an ITA without obtaining a qualifying job offer or provincial nomination certificate, Sterling Immigration had several clients receive acceptance through one of the Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) that have offered an Express Entry stream so far this year.
PNPs are constantly evolving to the particular labour market needs of each particular province. There have been numerous changes in recent months to the PNPs in Alberta, BC, Manitoba, Nova Scotia, Ontario and Saskatchewan. Candidates are advised to seek advice from a regulated Canadian immigration law firm such as Sterling Immigration which receives daily updates on changes to the Canadian immigration rules.
Candidates can also seek advice from Sterling Immigration with regard to securing a validated job offer from a Canadian employer and converting their qualifications and work experience into Canadian standards to demonstrate to employers that they are “job ready”.
For those candidates who have received an ITA it is important to note that you have just 60 days to file a complete application with all supporting documents. Supporting documents must be in the format required by CIC. Extensions will not be granted under any circumstances.
Moreover, it is important that the information provided and documents submitted are completely accurate in order to avoid a refusal or, worse still, being penalized for misrepresentation. Penalties for misrepresentation may include a five-year ban on applying to immigrate to, or even visit, Canada.
To find out if you are eligible for a Canadian immigration program including those programs which are processed through the Express Entry points based system please complete our free case evaluation form.