Amendments to the much-debated Express Entry system will come into force on November 19 as the government continues to push through changes in a bid to improve the contentious program.
“We have committed to doing more to attract highly skilled immigrants to come to Canada and become permanent residents, because this is important to build our economy and strengthen our society,” said John McCallum, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship.
“I am confident that the changes to Express Entry will be one of the many positive outcomes of the changes we will be bringing to our immigration system,” he added.
The updates are part of a number of improvements the government is making on a continual basis to create a fairer and more responsive immigration system that, it says, will address emerging needs and ensure long-term economic growth for the middle class.
Improvements include awarding points for job offers to eligible candidates already in Canada on Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) exempt work permits, and to international students who completed their studies in Canada.
In addition, more time will be allocated to candidates to submit an application for permanent residence once an invitation to apply is received.
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