Canada – Immigration Alerts

Changes to Points Allotment Under the Express Entry System

The Department of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has announced upcoming changes to the Express Entry System which will affect all current and future candidates within the system. These changes will take effect on November 19, 2016.

Who is affected?

  • All current and future candidates within the Express Entry system

What to expect

The upcoming changes include the following:

  • Extending the expiry period once an invitation has been received to ninety (90) days from the current sixty (60) day time limit.
  • Providing additional points for applicants who have both Canadian work experience and a post-secondary degree at the Master’s and PhD levels.
  • Providing additional points for applicants who hold a valid work permit with a specified employer and have completed at least one (1) year of full time work experience with that employer.
  • Providing additional points for those applicants that have completed a Canadian educational credential within certain guidelines.
  • Reducing the points for applicants with a Labour Market Impact Assessment and an Offer of Employment from 600 points to 200 points.
  • Distinguishing between Executive level workers and other high-skilled workers in the points distribution for Offers of Employment;
  • Job offers will only need to be a minimum of one (1) year in duration once applicants receive permanent residence.

These amendments will take effect on November 19, 2016 and it is likely that further changes to how points are assessed under the Express Systems will be forthcoming in January 2017. While it is still early, these revisions may have significant impact for employers and employees in retaining workers as permanent residents, specifically for those workers under the LMIA exempt categories such as NAFTA, and GATS Intra Company Transferees. Additionally, permanent residence may be viable for those workers under the Post-Graduate (PGWP) category, who had limited capacity in the recent past to remain in Canada beyond the validity of their PGWP expiration.

What you need to do
Planning ahead

  • Contact your Emigra Worldwide representative for further details on how these updates may impact you or your client.

Dual Citizens Must Carry Valid Canadian Passport While Travelling to Canada

Starting November 10, 2016, Canadians who are dual citizens and travelling to Canada must carry a valid Canadian passport in order to board their flights. If the dual citizen needs a government passport to enter and exit their secondary country of citizenship, they must carry both the Canadian and secondary passports while travelling.

Who is affected?

  • Canadians who are dual citizens

What to expect

The government has provided some latitude in the enforcement of these changes. Until January 31, 2017, where the dual citizen does not have a valid Canadian passport, they may have the option to still board their flights, provided that they apply for a special authorization.

The eligibility criteria to qualify for a special authorization is as follows:

The applicant must have:

  • a flight to Canada that leaves in less than ten (10) days, and
  • a valid passport from a visa-exempt country

In addition, dual citizen applicants are required to have one (1) of the following:

  • previously received a certificate of Canadian citizenship, or
  • held a Canadian passport in the past, or
  • were granted Canadian citizenship after having been a permanent resident of Canada.

This authorization will be valid for only four (4) days from the date of travel selected. If the authorization is not used within this time frame, the applicant will need to apply for a new authorization.

After January 31, 2017, if the applicant does not have their Canadian passport, they will not be able to board their flights and will have to reschedule.

The only exception to these changes is if the applicant is an American-Canadian dual citizen with a valid U.S. passport, they will not need a Canadian passport to fly to Canada.

What you need to do
Planning ahead

  • Contact your Emigra Worldwide representative for further details on how these updates may impact you or your client.

The information above was provided by Emigra Worldwide, our global network partners, and relevant government authorities. The information herein is for general purposes only and not intended as advice for a particular matter. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the global immigration professional with whom you work.