Way back in April, I attended the Canadian Bar Association’s annual national immigration law conference. Our Minister of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada, John McCallum, knew that the Express Entry application management system wasn’t quite working out how the department was expecting. At a luncheon address, he advised those of us in the crowd that changes to the way ‘points’ were allocated to applicants would be changing. International students, he said, would be one group who would benefit from the changes.
So, for over six months, I’ve been meeting with potential Express Entry applicants and telling them that the points system would change. In mid-October, I heard that the changes would be in November. Two weeks ago, I stopped doing consultations for most potential clients – what was the point when everything was about to change!
Yesterday, the changes were finally announced and you can read them in all their complexity here:
Ministerial Instructions Amending the Ministerial Instructions Respecting the Express Entry System, 2016-1