The Express Entry Program has become quite famous over the years among individuals applying for Immigration To Canada. On November 19th 2016, some important charges were made to the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) for the Express Entry immigration selection system by the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).

The new factors for the Express Entry Program had been expected for quite some time now and were published by the Government of Canada in the Official Gazette. The major changes are as follows:

1.Education from a Canadian University is now an additional factor:

The points to be allotted for Canadian Credentials are outlined below:

0 pointsIf the candidate has a secondary school educational credential
 15 points
If the candidate has an eligible credential from a one-year or two-year post-secondary program



30 points
If the foreign national has either:
–          an eligible credential from a post-secondary program of three years or more,
–          an eligible credential from a university-level program at the master’s level or at the level of an entry-to-practice professional degree for an occupation listed in the National Occupational Classification matrix at Skill Level A for which licensing by a provincial regulatory body is required, or
–          an eligible credential from a university-level program at the doctoral level

These points are only allotted for Canadian Education if the candidate:

  • Studied from a Canadian Educational Institution located in Canada.
  • Was admitted for at least eight months in full-time study or training
  • Had physically resided in Canada for a period of eight months at least.

This change comes as an added advantage for many potential individuals, especially those who have done their Masters or Bachelors from a Canadian University and are seeking to apply for Immigration To Canada From Pakistan.

2.Invitation to Apply:

Candidates who have received Invitation to Apply (ITA) for Canadian permanent residence will now be allocated additional time to submit a complete application to Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada. They will now be given 90 days to submit an application after receiving an ITA, as compared to having 60 days previously.

3.Provincial Nominee Programs:

According to the Immigration Plan for the year 2017 released by the IRCC, the government of Canada plans to welcome approximately 51,000 new immigrants through the various different Provincial Nominee Programs (PNP), aiming for a 7% increase compared to the target set for 2016. With more enhanced PNP categories opening and changing over time, it is crucial for candidates to stay up to date on these immigration programs.

These changes emulate the Canadian Government’s aim to make the process of Immigrating To Canada easier and show a welcoming approach towards accepting Immigrants into Canada, which will come as a very welcoming thought for all those individuals seeking to migrate following the results of the US Elections 2016.

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