What You Need to Know of Changes in Canada’s Express Entry System 2023: Updates and Tips for Success

Canada’s Express Entry System has changed a lot in recent years, and there are more updates coming in 2023. If you want to move to Canada as a skilled professional, it’s important to stay informed about these changes.

Understanding these updates can make a big difference in your journey to becoming a Canadian resident.

In this article, we’ll look at the latest changes to Canada’s Express Entry System and what they mean for potential immigrants like you, whether you’re a skilled worker, business owner, or student.

With our Montreal immigration consultant team, we’ll help you navigate the complex immigration process and give you the tools you need to succeed in your quest to become a Canadian citizen or permanent resident. So, let’s dive in and learn about the latest updates and how they can impact your immigration plans.

What are the Changes in the Express Entry System?

Specifically, Express Entry is Canada’s online system for managing skilled worker applications from three different programs – the Canadian Experience Class (CEC), the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), and the Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP).

Canada’s Express Entry System was introduced in 2015 to make the immigration process more streamlined and accessible to skilled workers from around the world. Since then, the system has undergone several changes to improve the selection process and make it more efficient.

In 2023, more changes are expected to be introduced to the Express Entry System.

One of the significant changes that have been introduced is the new version of the National Occupational Classification (NOC).

As of November 16, 2022 IRCC switched to the 2021 version. This means that the NOC 2016 skill type and skill level structure (NOC 0, A, B, C and D) was replaced with a 6-category system representing the training, education, experience and responsibilities (TEER) needed to work in an occupation.

4-digit occupation codes became 5-digit codes Eligibility criteria was updated for all programs that use the NOC.

How the Changes Affect Express Entry Candidates?

On November 16, 2022, Canada’s immigration department switched to the 2021 version of the National Occupational Classification (NOC) system. If you have already submitted your profile but have not received an Invitation to Apply (ITA), you need to update your profile on or after November 16, 2022. You can update your profile by clicking on the “Update form” button for the section you want to change on your “Express Entry profile” page.

The Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) and How It Works?

The Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) is the selection process used by the Express Entry System to rank potential immigrants based on their skills, education, work experience, language proficiency, and other factors. The CRS is a points-based system that awards candidates points for each factor. The higher the score, the higher the chances of being selected for Canadian residency.

The CRS takes into account various factors such as age, education, work experience, language proficiency, and Canadian work experience. Candidates who score high in these factors are more likely to be selected.

The CRS also awards points for factors like having a job offer from a Canadian employer, which can significantly boost a candidate’s chances of being selected.

How to Improve Your CRS Score to Boost Your Chances of Getting an Invitation to Apply (ITA)?

Improving your CRS score is essential if you want to boost your chances of being selected for Canadian residency. There are several ways to increase your CRS score, including:

  1. Improve your language proficiency: Taking language proficiency tests like the IELTS and the CELPIP is the only way to measure your language skill toward your CRS score. Having CLB 9 as your minimum is essential to have a better score as the system is designed to put more weight on language.
  2. Obtain a job offer from a Canadian employer: Having a job offer from a Canadian employer can significantly boost your CRS score. So, you must start your professional licensing steps and have your license as part of your preparation to immigrate to Canada.
  3. Improve your education: Obtaining a higher education degree can also improve your CRS score. These days having a master’s degree is becoming the norm to have a good score.
  4. Obtain Canadian work experience: Canadian work experience can also improve your CRS score. (This is possible, especially for people who have completed their study in Canada and have their Post Graduate Work Permit)
  5. Apply as young and as soon as possible: Candidates who are younger tend to score higher in the CRS, so it’s essential to apply as early as possible.

Tips for a Successful Express Entry Application

Submitting a successful Express Entry application requires careful planning and attention to detail. To increase your chances of success, here are a few tips to keep in mind:

  1. Ensure that you meet the eligibility requirements for the Express Entry System.
  2. Take language proficiency tests like the IELTS and the CELPIP to make sure you have the minimum required CRS score.
  3. Obtain a job offer from a Canadian employer to boost your CRS score.
  4. Ensure that all the information on your application is accurate and up-to-date.
  5. Submit your application as early as possible to increase your chances of being selected.
  6. Having an immigration consultant can help you to make the right choice and review your application.

The Express Entry System changes in Canada can greatly affect the selection of potential immigrants for Canadian residency. It’s crucial for immigrants to stay updated with the latest developments in the system to enhance their chances of being selected. Improving your Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score is important, as it can significantly increase your chances of being chosen.

By following the tips provided in this article, you can improve your score and increase your chances of submitting a successful Express Entry application, fulfilling your goal of becoming a Canadian resident.

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Loujin Khalil
Loujin Khalil

Founder, RCIC-IRB.
LMRT Immigration Services.

Loujin Khalil is a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (RCIC-IRB) and member of The College of Immigration and Citizenship Consultants (CICC).

With expertise in asylum and refugee applications, he represents clients before the Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB), covering the Refugee Protection Division, Refugee Appeal Division, Immigration Division, and Immigration Appeal Division.

Areas of Expertise:
• Refugee Claim Applications (complex cases involving multiple nationalities, criminality, and exclusion 1F, 1E issues).
• Business Immigration Programs (Entrepreneur streams, Start-Up Visa…etc.).
• Family, Spousal and parents’ sponsorship.
• Pre-Removal Risk Assessment (PRRA).

For expert immigration consultation in Montreal, contact Loujin Khalil:
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