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Express Entry – Innovative PNP’s methods to meet the skill requirement

The Provincial Nomination Program plays an important role for express entry to Canada.

Lately Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Ontario have used innovative approaches to shortlist candidates for Express Entry in their PNP Program.

 

The 600 points which the candidates get from PNP leads to enhancing their probability for getting an Invitation to Apply. In fact this becomes the single most factor which contributes to a candidate getting an invitation to apply.

 

In the last week new approaches used by Express Entry via the provincial immigration path to select candidates were:

• Expression of interest
• First-come, first-served
• Passive.

 

The invitation to apply from the Canada’s Provincial Nomination Program (PNP) has a specific fixed number of candidates for the federal pool each year. Each province and territory with a PNP has at least one stream for candidates in the federal Express Entry system which manages the pool of candidates for Canada’s three Federal High Skilled economic immigration programs – the Federal Skilled worker class, the Federal skilled Trades Class & the Canadian Experience class..

 

Between 2016 and 2017 there was an increase by 4000 in the Express Entry candidates who applied for Canadian permanent residence in the Provincial Nomination Program.

The Federal skilled worker class, the Federal Skilled Trades Class and the Canadian Experience Class are critically popular with Express Entry candidates because they do not require a Canadian job offer or a minimum CRS score.

 

Lately Quebec took action to address Labour shortage in the province, especially in regions outside the Montreal metropolitan area by using a new Expression of interest system for the Quebec Skilled Worker Program.

 

Ontario recently changed the minimum score in its Human Capital Priorities stream, which allows the province to search the federal government’s Express Entry system for eligible economic immigration candidates.

 

The position of an eligible Express Entry candidates in the pool is determined by the score they get in the Comprehensive Ranking System .CRS).

 

Ontario has also removed the minimum CRS score of 400 for eligibility and left it to the discretion of the director in charge of the province’s immigrant nominee program, the OINP. The CRS for the Human Capital Priorities Stream has lately been reduced to 350.

 

The majority of Canadian provinces and territories have a fixed target for giving Canadian permanent residence to candidates each year.

 

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Saskatchewan EOI

No minimum CRS threshold for Saskatchewan’s new Expression of Interest system linked to federal Express Entry

The Saskatchewan EOI Immigrant Nominee Program’s new Expression of Interest system for its Express Entry and Occupations In-Demand sub-categories has opened.

 

Before this new system came into operation, Saskatchewan had a first-come, first-served model that was used for these two International Skilled Worker sub-categories. The doors used to be shut to the many qualified applicants who couldn’t get their applications in on time.

 

This new system allows for the Saskatchewan province to select eligible immigration candidates already in the Federal Express Entry pool and invite them for a provincial nomination. Skilled workers who possess the specified amount of work experience in one of the provinces’ in demand occupations sub category may become eligible to receive the Provincial nomination.

 

The province feels that the change-over to the new EOI system will allow the SINP to target those immigrants who are most likely to find success in the Saskatchewan labour market. As the SINP says on the webpage outlining the new system, “a goal of the EOI system is to ensure strong economic outcomes and long-term retention in Saskatchewan for those invited to apply.”

 

Candidates who score at least 60 points on the assessment grid and satisfy other eligibility requirements enter the Saskatchewan pool of candidates for either the Express Entry and Occupations In-Demand sub-category and those selected are invited to apply for a provincial nomination through regular draws.

 

This new system follows other Canadian provinces that are using the merit-based EOI approach to select immigration candidates. The federal government’s Express Entry system also replaced a first come first served model in 2015 and now highest-ranked candidates are selected to apply for Permanent Residence based on a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS).

 

Saskatchewan’s EOI system will also give more people an opportunity to compete for a provincial nomination through these sub-categories. These are among the few in Canada that do not require a job offer to be considered for nomination.

 

With this move to regularize draws instead of occasional openings, it will no longer about the lucky few who were quick enough to apply and the focus will be on skilled immigrants required by the labour market of the province.

 

This could also be good news for interested Express Entry candidates with lower CRS scores. Saskatchewan’s Express Entry sub-category does not have a minimum CRS score requirement, so anyone eligible for the Express Entry pool can submit an Expression of Interest. A provincial nomination is worth an additional 600 CRS points, which essentially guarantees an Invitation to Apply for Canadian permanent residence to all Express Entry candidates who receive one, regardless of their initial CRS score

 

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Return of the 60-day application deadline in Express Entry

IRCC has announced that is going back to a 60-day deadline for receiving the application for Permanent Residence after receiving the Invitation to apply. This new deadline is effective from June 26th2018.

 

In an email sent out to all applicants, IRCC said that it was resuming its original 60-day limit, which had been changed to 90 days in November 2016. This move is being touted to have been taken to serve customers better.

 

The email that was sent out read, “With this change, we are moving back to the original timeframe as it better reflects the intended design of Express Entry as a process leading to expedited results for you, our clients.”Fast processing of applications for permanent residence has been a goal for IRCC since the Express Entry system was first introduced.

 

IRCC said in its 2017 year-end report that80 per cent of Federal Skilled Worker applications that year were processed in four months or less from the moment a complete application is received. By reducing the application deadline by 30 days, IRCC may see the total Express Entry process get faster.

 

This change will also allow IRCC to know sooner which candidates who receive ITAs are applying or declining their invitations.These benefits, however, do put additional pressure on applicants to collect documents quickly.A report published by IRCC in December 2017 said that it found that 41 per cent of Express Entry candidates who received an ITA after November 2016 took advantage of the extended deadline and submitted their application between 61 days and 90 days after receiving an ITA.Only 57 per cent of applicants submitted their complete application within 60 days.