Express Entry changes

By Leila Monteiro Lins

The Minister of Immigration and Citizenship, the Honourable John McCalum has announced important changes to the immigration, Refugees and Canadian Citizenship (IRCC) Express Entry Program that was  implemented in November 19, 2016.



“Immigrants with skills and experience are able to quickly contribute to the Canadian economy and societies, helping create jobs, spurs innovation and strengthen diversity in our communities”

Express Entry Program

Targeted improvements to the Express Entry system are being made on November 19, 2016. Supporting Canada’s Global Skills Strategy, the changes will help better attract some of the best minds in the world, including former international students, experienced professionals and talented workers who will strengthen Canada’s competitiveness in the global marketplace.Changes do the program after November 19, 2016:

Changes do the program after November 19, 2016:


Job offers
1- Job offers will only need to be a minimum of one year in duration once they receive permanent residence.
2- More points will be offered to highly skilled candidates with a job offer, who have the skills and experience that will support Canada’s growing economy.

A significant increase of points of international students who completed their studies in Canada.
Candidates will have more time (90 days) to complete an application for permanent residence once they obtain an invitation to apply. This will give candidates more time to gather all the required documentation and submit a complete application.

“We have committed to doing more to attract highly skilled immigrants to come to Canada and become permanent residents, because this is important to build our economy and strengthen our society. I am confident that the changes to Express Entry will be one of the many positive outcomes of the changes we will be bringing to our immigration system.”
The Hourable John McCallum, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship.


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Leila Monteiro Lins

Leila has more than 30 years of experience in journalism and marketing, including media relations, event planning and the development of communication strategies. In April 2010, LML launched Discover magazine in Canada.

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