• Latest Round of Express Entry Program Selections Show Continued Selection Flexibility
  • September 21, 2015
  • Law Firm: Fragomen Del Rey Bernsen Loewy LLP - New York Office
  • Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) will hold its seventeenth Express Entry draw on September 18, 2015. Of those who have submitted an Expression of Interest profile, 1,545 candidates will be invited to apply for permanent residence under the program.

    The minimum qualifying score for this draw is 450. Points are based on a comprehensive ranking system that focuses on factors such as core human capital and skill transferability, among others.

    The frequency and size of Express Entry draws are at the discretion of CIC, which continues to indicate its flexibility in the selection process. As in previous draws, CIC selected candidates who did not have a valid Labour Market Impact Assessment/Labour Market Opinion (LMIA) or a Provincial Nomination (PN) certificate at the time their profile was set up.

    What This Means for Employers and Foreign Nationals

    While an LMIA or PN approval will guarantee an employee’s selection and invitation for Permanent Residence, it is not always the case that such documents are required. This recent draw demonstrates that employees without an LMIA or PN approval continue to also be selected.