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November 2017 Newsletter

A summary of recent Canadian immigration news

November 2017 Newsletter - Briere Immigration Services Ltd.

In this edition, we provide information about the Express Entry program, citizenship eligibility changes, annual immigration plan for Canada and information about the Ontario and Alberta Provincial Nominee Programs.

Express entry update

The latest draw saw people in trades, with CRS scores as low as 241 be invited to apply for permanent residency. This follows a similar draw in late May. This shows that we never know what will happen in terms of draws.

The previous draw of the month saw of a total of about 2,757 people saw the number of points being the lowest score at 436, down from 438 points.

Compared to last year at this time, the invitations were in the 1,800s. We can obviously see that there has been an acceleration that will be surely welcomed by all applicants.

There has been changes to the system of points this past June. 15 points if you have a sibling in Canada (from same father or mother) and you can get 15-30 points for French as a second language.

CRS Points


ITAs issued


November 1



October 18



October 04, 2017



September 20, 2017



September 6, 2017



August 23, 2017



August 9, 2017



August 2, 2017



July 12, 2017



June 28, 2017



May 31, 2017


199 (*Federal Skilled Trades candidates only)

May 26, 2017



Annual immigration plan

On a yearly basis, in November, IRCC declares the upcoming immigration intake for the following year. For the first time, the IRCC has announced the targets for the next 3 years.

In 2017, the target was 300,000 immigrants with the huge majority being economic immigrants. The target for 2018 will be 310,000, in 2019 it will be 330,000 and in 2020 it will be 340,000.

The composition of the immigrants will be primarily Economic immigrants, followed by family reunification and finally, refugees.

The proportion of economic immigrants as a percentage of the total immigration will rise from 41% in 2017 to 45.2% in 2020.

In terms of family reunification, the number will grow yearly from 84,000 (28%) in 2017 to 91,000 (26.7%) by 2020.

Finally, the refugees will grow yearly in numbers from 43,000 (14.3%) in 2017 to 48,700 (14.3%) by 2020 and are staying steady in terms of relative percentage.

New Citizenship Act Requirements

We announced earlier that effective October 11, 2017 the following changes came into effect:

In order to be eligible for Canadian citizenship, the following requirements must be met, the key highlights are:

  • You must be physically in Canada for 3 years out of 5 years, then you are eligible to apply for citizenship;
  • You do not need to be physically present for any number of days (it used to be that you needed to be physically present 183 days in 4 out of 6 years)
  • Days as a temporary resident (student, worker or visitor) will count towards your minimum requirement at 50% of its value. Therefore, you can gain up to a maximum of 1 year credit in the calculation if you were here 2 years temporarily. As an example, someone here as a worker for 2 years and then in Canada for another 2 years as a permanent resident, can apply for citizenship.

Other elements include proving you have filed your taxes (if required to do so) for three years out of the five years. If you do not know whether you were required to file taxes, ask an accountant to make sure. You can also check at this Canada Revenue Agency link.


Another element we get questions about is whether you have to be in Canada to apply for citizenship. The answer is no, you can be outside Canada as the Citizenship Act does not prohibit this. Also, remember that the section of the Act requiring to declare an intention to live in Canada has been removed from the Act.


Age of dependents eligibility has changed

Effective October 24, 2017, the age of dependents has gone back to under 22.

IRCC has announced transitional measures for those applications made between May 3, 2017 to October 24th. If you had an application underway at that time, your child may be added to your application. If the child was less than 22 on May 3, 2017 or when the application for permanent residency was made between May 3rd to October 24th, the child may be added to the application.

There are other requirements to meet this eligibility, please seek advice as any addition to pending applications must be done by January 31, 2018.

All applications from October 24, 2017 onward will be eligible to the new dependent age rule.

Ontario PNP (OINP) Human Capital Priorities

It has been reported, that new Notifications of Interest (NOIs) will be issued by yearend[1].

In case you do not know, the OINP choses people with 400 or more points in the Federal Express Entry pool. Not everyone with 400 points is selected, OINP uses it’s own formula to select people. Once a person receives the NOI, they have until yearend to submit an application.

Candidates would have to meet the Federal Skilled Worker or Canadian Experience Class programs requirements.


[1] As per cicnews.com



Alberta will be starting a new PNP process in January 2018 that will be linked to the Federal Express Entry program. Only limited information is available at the moment.

What we know is that the Employer Driven Stream and the Strategic Recruitment Stream will be replaced by the Alberta Opportunity Stream.

The eligibility factors will include a current work permit in Alberta, most jobs will qualify except for a few (a list is available on their website here).

A minimum of 12 months experience in your current occupation in Alberta in the past 18 months OR a minimum of 24 months in your current occupation in Canada and/or abroad.

More information will be made available in the coming months, stay tuned!

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Author: Daniel Briere