The government of Canada has recently finished their latest round of invitations for the Canada Express Entry Draw. This is the sixth draw carried out in 2017 under which 3884 applicants were invited for permanent residency. The draw covers all of the immigration programme that exists in the Canadian immigration system. It is expected that there will be a total of 15 draws taking place in the first half 2017 with up to thirty thousand invitations being offered.
This year it has been noted that the Comprehensive Ranking System score is set to be well below 500 for all of the draws allowing the Canadian government to meet all of its immigration requirements for the year. The score for the current draw is 434 points.
The Canada Express Entry has seen a range of new changes some of which are designed to make it easier for foreign students to gain permanent residency in Canada but the changes are also good news for all those applying for residency under this scheme as the points system is at an all-time low, and record numbers are being accepted.
Under the new regulations for the Canada Express entry qualifying job offers no longer receive the same number of points as before while the type of job offer has been widened that helps the applications of those on a Young Professional Visa. Additional points have been offered for study in Canada and the valid job offer now is only required to be for one year at the most. Further changes include an increase in the time allowed to apply which rises from 60 to ninety.
Canada’s Express Entry system has been in place since 2015 and the latest is the 56th such draw. Both Provinces and Territories are able to recruit applicants for immigration through the Express entry systems to meet their requirements for immigration.
Due to the visa issues in the United States and the problems surrounding the H-1B visa system many of those already in the USA under the H-1B visa and those thinking of applying for citizenship there are now looking towards Canada. It is reported that many of those on H-1B visa status have the required points numbers to be able to apply under Canadas Express Entry System
and while the points requirements are currently low it seems that there will be a strong interest coming from those that would have considered the United States in the first instance.