New statistics from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship (IRCC) show that the proportion of former international students invited to apply for permanent residence from the Express Entry pool increased by 10 per cent in the first six months after it introduced an additional 15 or 30 points for Canadian study experience.
Prior to those changes, Express Entry pool candidates with Canadian education credentials were not awarded any additional points.
|Level of education||Additional CRS points|
|One- or two-year post-secondary program||15|
|Post-secondary program of three years or more, or Master’s, Doctoral, or eligible entry-to-practice professional degree||30|
The statistics are included in a new report on Express Entry results in the first half of 2017. The report defines former international students as any Express Entry candidate with a Canadian educational credential above high school and describes them as “a key source of candidates in Express Entry because of their age, education, skills and experience.”
Canadian study points to facilitate transition to permanent residence
The report shows the average number of eligible Express Entry profile submissions from former international students increased by almost 87 per cent in the six months following the introduction of additional Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points for Canadian study experience.
Between November 2016 and May 31, 2017, the average number of eligible profile submissions from international students was 3,481 per month, up from an average of 1,866 per month between January and October 2016.
“Introducing these new additional points, in conjunction with larger round sizes that progressively decrease the CRS cut-off score, likely provides an incentive for more former international students to submit a profile,” the report concludes.
The report also demonstrates that former international students in most cases have a high core CRS score, which is based on points awarded for their age, proficiency in English and French, education, and work experience.
In terms of Invitations to Apply (ITA) for permanent residence, the report shows the proportion of ITAs issued to Express Entry candidates with Canadian education experience increasing by 10 per cent between Nov. 19, 2016, and May 31, 2017.
International students benefitting from Express Entry
Express Entry is a dynamic application management system that handles candidate profiles for three of Canada’s most popular economic immigration programs: the Canadian Experience Class (CEC), the Federal Skilled Worker Class (FSWC), and the Federal Skilled Trades Class (FSTC).
Individuals who are eligible for one of these three categories create an Express Entry profile and are assigned a CRS score based on various factors including education, work history, age, and language ability, among others.
Candidates in the Express Entry pool are ranked according to their score, and the top-ranking candidates receive an ITA for permanent resident status during periodic draws conducted by IRCC.
These programs are popular among international graduates from Canadian institutions who are looking to remain in Canada after their studies.
The CEC is particularly unique because it is not points-based. Individuals may become eligible for the CEC after working in a skilled position in Canada for one year.
Consequently, international graduates who obtain a post-graduation work permit and work in Canada for at least a year may be eligible for this class.
International graduates who meet the program requirements of the FSWC or the FSTC may also submit a profile to the Express Entry pool through those programs.
Potentially larger draw sizes in 2018 could result in lower CRS cut-off scores and translate into better opportunities for current and potential international students in Canada who wish to gain permanent resident status after graduation.
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