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Express Entry August 24, 2016 – Qualifying Score Jumps Dramatically

August 24, 2016 – Today the Department of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) invited 750 candidates to apply for Permanent Residence in Canada through Express Entry. The lowest qualifying score increased to a surprising  538 points. There was not a significant change to the actual number of invitations to apply issued compared to previous draws, however, this draw had the highest qualifying score in over a year and a half.

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- Green and Spiegel Webinar tomorrow at Noon

When: Thursday, August 25th, 2016 from 12:00pm to 12:45pm EST

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

The August webinar will focus on a wide variety of immigration issues that are of interest to many businesses and individuals employees. This month’s speakers are Green and Spiegel’s very own:

Ravi Jain, B.A.(Hons.), LL.B., LL.M., C.S.
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Aris Daghighian, JD


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.


Upcoming Webinar: A Restaurateur’s Guide to Canada Immigration Laws

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

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Register here.