Changes to Canada’s Express Entry programme announced

by Ray Clancy on June 6, 2017

Improvements to the Express Entry programme in Canada have been announced with immediate effect which will allow newcomers to build more points if they have the right requirements.

New points will now be awarded to candidates with siblings in Canada and Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen said this comes as studies have shown that as newcomers build a new life in Canada, those with siblings benefit by having improved integration into Canadian society.

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Other changes to the Express Entry system include points for candidates with strong French language skills, removing the requirement to register with Job Bank and a new approach to rank tied candidates in the Express Entry pool.

Hussen said that the aim is to help people who have moved from overseas to be able to out their skills to use more quickly, to integrate and to help strengthen and grow Canada’s economy.

Programs managed through the Express Entry system attract high skilled foreign workers and former international students who want to live in Canada permanently and whose in-demand skills are needed by employers across the country to help build businesses and grow the economy.

‘Economic immigration programs managed by the Express Entry system attract highly talented and skilled immigrants that businesses need to help grow and strengthen our economy,’ said Hussen.

‘As the improvements are implemented, I’m pleased that Canada will welcome more skilled immigrants with siblings in Canada who can help them quickly integrate into their new life here, and that we’ll continue to see Francophone minority communities flourish,’ he added.

One beneficiary of the Express Entry system, architect Miguel, explained how it had worked for him. ‘After two years at University of British Columbia, Vancouver was kind of starting to feel like home. I knew finding a job in Vancouver in architecture was not going to be a problem, with my background and especially having a degree from Canada,’ he said.

‘Express Entry was the option that I had to go for if I wanted to stay in Canada. The application process was very easy. Everything was very clear. Everything was very well explained on the website. My experience with Express Entry was so good that I would actually recommend it to everyone who actually has the option to apply,’ he added.

Another participant, business analyst Dinesh also found the process easy. ‘If what you’re looking for is safety, a feeling of oneness, feeling like you’re not being judged, and you’re actually part of the community, I wouldn’t think twice before choosing Canada,’ he pointed out.

‘The Express Entry system, I think it’s by far the easiest system on the planet. I think it’s transparent. All the information is out there. Everything’s clear. I think going through the Express Entry system was probably easier than getting my driving licence,’ he said.

‘The whole process took three months for me, and I couldn’t have been happier. I think, in Canada, with hard work and perseverance, the opportunities are endless,’ he added.

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