Canada wants to change Express Entry: A look at the pros and cons

ANALYSIS: The Canadian government is set to make a major change to Express Entry that would allow IRCC to invite anyone it wants. Here’s a look at the pros and cons.

The Canadian government is set to make the biggest reform to Express Entry since it introduced the application management system in January 2015. Bill C-19 is currently being evaluated by Canada’s Parliament and based on precedent, should become law sometime in June before Parliament recesses for the summer. It contains a provision that would allow Canada’s Immigration Minister to create Express Entry groups and then issue Invitations to Apply (ITAs) to these groups. As explained by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), the minister would be able to form groups based on occupations in demand, and to address other policy goals, such as welcoming more francophone immigrants.