Press Room

Express Entry September 7th, 2016 – Number of Invitations Rises Dramatically

September 7, 2016 – Today the Department of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) invited 1000 candidates to apply for Permanent Residence in Canada through Express Entry. This was a jump of 250 invitations from the last round. The lowest qualifying score decreased to 491 points from 538 in the last round. The draw today shows a positive trend as the Government is inviting more applicants under the Express Entry system. We remain hopeful that the Government will continue to increase the number of invitations in the fall.

Express Entry uses a comprehensive scoring system to rank prospective immigrants to Canada. Candidates are awarded up to 600 points based on a variety of factors meant to assess their ability to succeed in Canada, including age, language skill, education and work experience. An additional 600 points are awarded for holding a valid job offer supported by a positive Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) or a provincial or territorial nomination.

If you would like more information about Express Entry, or require assistance in preparing a profile, please contact Green and Spiegel.

Reminder As of September 29, 2016, an Electronic Travel Authorization (“eTA”) will be required Visa-exempt foreign nationals, who fly to or transit through Canada. To learn more, please visit our website.

A Restaurateur’s Guide to Canada Immigration Laws- September 12th, 2016

Are you intimidated by the immigration screening process to hire talent from outside Canada?  This webinar will focus specifically on issues that relate to Canadian restaurants and the challenges that they face with regard to hiring foreign nations.

Join Restaurants Canada’s upcoming webinar to learn how to best comply to immigration standards, avoid penalties, and continue to leverage new Canadian talent.

Key Participants: 

Joyce Reynolds

Senior Vice President of Government Affairs
Restaurants Canada

Evan Green
Senior Partner
Green & Spiegel, LLP


Stephen Green
Senior Partner
Green & Spiegel, LLP

Register here.


Upcoming Green and Spiegel Webinar Thursday September 29th, 2016

Inside Immigration is a monthly call featuring Green and Spiegel’s immigration lawyers covering a broad range of topics in immigration law, including:

Recent developments
Trends in immigration law
Expert insight

Each call will include an overview of recent news and hot topics followed by a Question and Answer session. These calls are free to join. Please click here to register.