Why Did Canada Launch Express Entry?

Canada launched Express Entry in 2015 in order to move from a “first-come, first-served” immigration system to one that selected candidates with the best chance of economic success.

Express Entry is considered as an example to the world of how to run a fluid and flexible economic immigration system.

With simple changes to the Comprehensive Ranking System, the Canadian government can use immigration to respond to economic and labour market changes.

Since 2015, a few major modifications to the CRS have taken place:

  1. In November 2016, the system was tweaked to reduce points for a job offer and introduce points for Canadian education credentials. The “job offer” definition has also been extending to include certain LMIA-exempted job offers.
  2. In June 2017, a further change provided additional points for advanced French language skills (CLB 7 or higher) and for having a sibling in Canada. On this date, the Job Bank registration has also become voluntary.
  3. In October 2020, the additional points given for advanced French skills were increased.

Previously, such changes would have meant laws through parliament and navigating red tape.

Now the government has the ability to easily change the system in response to demand.

Does Express Entry Apply to Quebec?

Express Entry does not apply to the province of Quebec, but the French-speaking province has launched its own version of the system. Quebec’s Expression of Interest system, Arrima , has been enforced since August 2018 and it operates similarly to Express Entry.

The candidates with the highest chances to integrate into the Quebec society will be invited to apply for a Quebec Selection Certificate (CSQ).

What Are Some Advantages of Express Entry?

  • Ability to alter the program quickly and efficiently based on Canada’s economic needs.
  • Better aligns Canada’s immigration intake with labour market requirements.
  • Candidates can improve their scores whilst in the pool, meaning they can work towards achieving an Invitation to Apply.
  • Offers a clear and realistic picture of a candidate’s Canada immigration prospects.
  • Dramatically reduced processing times by prioritizing those more likely to be successful.
  • Gives government flexibility on immigration through CRS changes and program-specific draws.

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