• Latest Round of Express Entry Program Shows Ongoing Selection Flexibility
  • December 4, 2015
  • Law Firm: Fragomen Del Rey Bernsen Loewy LLP - New York Office
  • Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) held its nineteenth Express Entry draw on October 23, 2015. From October 23, 2015 through October 24, 2015, the number of invitations to apply for permanent residence for those who have submitted an Expression of Interest profile is 1,502.

    The minimum qualifying score for this draw was 489. 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 your 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.