Canada’s Express Entry Program: Changes to CRS

Express Entry is an immigration system implemented last January 1, 2015 which provides immigrant to move in Canada in six months or less.

So far in 2017, IRCC has raised the number of candidates being invited; the first three months of last year saw a total of 9,465 ITAs issued, whereas so far this year, a total of 24,652 ITAs have been issued, an increase of more than 160 percent.

This coming June 6, 2017 French speakers will receive additional points under the Express Entry Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). And as of June 6, candidates with a sibling in Canada who is a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of at least 18 years of age may be awarded additional CRS points. These points may also be awarded if the candidate’s spouse or common-law partner has a sibling in Canada.

In addition, registration in the Canada Job Bank will become voluntary. Candidates who do not have a job in Canada lined up and would like to start their job search will nevertheless be able to register for Job Bank. Employers may use the Job Bank, as well as their own recruitment procedures, to search for and hire skilled workers.

The CRS will continue to be used in order to rank and select candidates in the pool.

Last November, improvement for CRS took place when the number of CRS points awarded for a qualifying job offer was decrease from 600 to 50 or 200, depending on the position offered. At the same time, IRCC made a change to award additional points to candidates who had completed their education in Canada.

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