Express Entry Update: First non-LMIA/LMO, non-PNP Nomination Invitations have been Released

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Close to three months after the new Express Entry system started, and after four invitations, the first set of instructions have been released, where some of the invitees did not have LMIA/LMO’s or PNP nominations.

On March 20th, 2015, Express Entry system, round #5 was released. The number of invitees totalled 1620. The minimum score of those invited is 481.

This is great news for the majority of applicants in the Express Entry pool as many have started to feel discouraged by the high number of points in the previous four invitations.

What do the Experts think?

As licensed immigration consultant Alex Khadempour points out, there is no need to panic: “This is just the start. Immigration Canada did not want to open the floodgates by inviting a high number of people at the beginning. This is why only those with PNP nominations or LMOs/LIMAs were invited at first to make sure the system works. You will now see the minimum score start to go down.”

Immigration Canada accepts over 160,000 applicants a year under the economic programs such as Federal Skilled Worker, Canadian Experience Class, Federal Skilled Trades and some PNP programs. Only a small fraction of these applicants have LMOs/LMIAs or PNP nominations.

Tips for Applicants

Alex Khadempour adds: “Calculated patience is always necessary when it comes to dealing with immigration, especially when a new program or system is launched. You should keep your eyes on the minimum scores and see how close you are. At the same time, if there is an opportunity for you to receive a provincial nomination or an LMIA, which guarantee that you will be selected and invited, you should take advantage of that opportunity.It’s also very important to approach this process with caution and precision. One tiny mistake in one of the steps can ruin your chances in the future.”

Be sure to go over all the guidelines, regulations and seek professional help, if necessary, to make sure you don’t make any errors in how you submit your information and approach the multi-step application process.

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5 comments

  • What about if I am waiting for all these options to open up but my time is running out i.e, if my work permit expires in 1.5 months ?? Provided I do have canadian study and work experience for 5 years.

  • I have just read the requirements published by Manitoba PNP. By reading this, I know a strong connection to Manitoba is a prerequisite for applicant. For me, I am qualified to get more than 60 points which this PNP requires; however, I have no a friend who is eligible to support me. At same time, the program states there is an exploratory visit setup, and the invitation letter, itself, establishes a candidate’s requisite Manitoba connection. Here, can I understand the statement in this way that if I got a invitation letter, then I am qualified to show I have a strong connection with Manitoba, I need not a local friend to support me? And, how can I be qualified to be a potential application to whom the Manitoba PNP officer maybe sent an invitation letter.

    I am looking forward to hearing from you.

    Best,

    Dong,

  • I apply Eoi program and my score is 388 my job noc 1422 My score Sufficient ?

  • HELLO, I AM NEBA, A CAMEROONIAN. I HOLD A BNS DEGREE IN NURSING, 7 YEARS WORK EXPERIENCE PRACTICING BOTH IN CLINICAL AND EDUCTIONAL SETTING. I AS RECENTLY GRADUATED FROM A MPH PROGRAM. I AM INTERESTED IN THE EXPRESS ENTRY PROGRAM BUT THE PROBLEM IS I HAVE UNDERGONE ALL MY STUDIES UP TO MASTERS LEVEL IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE. I ALSO HAVE IELTS ACADEMIC VERSION WHICH IS WHAT THE LICENSING BODY FOR NURSES IN ALBERTA RECOMMEND. IELTS GENERAL VERSION IS THAT NEEDED FOR THE EXPRESS ENTRY PROCESS. THIS MEANS THAT I HAVE TO SEAT FOR THE TWO IELTS VERSIONS. WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES ITMAKE GIVEN THAT I UNDERWENT ALL MY STUDIES IN ENGLISH?

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