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Canada: You could qualify for a visa without a job offer!

Certain Canadian states and territories could grant you a work visa without even having a job offer in hand.

You Could Qualify For A Visa Without A Job Offer

New figures, released by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), reveal that Express Entry candidates without a Canadian job offer have been the big beneficiaries of targeted improvements to the way candidates are ranked. In fact 90% of invitations in first half of 2017 went to candidates without a Canadian job offer.


The data confirms that this move has significantly shifted the number of ITAs for Canadian permanent residence in favour of candidates with higher so-called human capital scores, namely candidates in Express Entry’s Federal Skilled Worker Class.

Human capital factors include age, proficiency in English and French, education, and work experience. Combined, they provide what is known as a candidate’s core Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score, which can reach a maximum of 600 points. In its study, IRCC says “these factors are strongly correlated to higher earning potential.”

The change to additional CRS points for a Canadian job offer saw them cut from 600 to between 50 and 200 points, depending on the position.

Other changes were also introduced at the same time, namely points for Canadian study, and the broadening of what constitutes a qualifying job, and an increase in the amount of time that candidates with an ITA had to submit their completed applications for Canadian permanent residence.

The data released by IRCC compared figures in the six months from November 2016 to May 2017.

• The proportion of invited candidates without a Canadian job offer rose from 62 per cent to 90 per cent
• The proportion of invited candidates who studied in Canada has increased from 30 per cent to 40 per cent
• The proportion of Federal Skilled Worker candidates invited to apply increased from 25 per cent to 48 per cent
• The number of profiles deemed eligible for the Express Entry pool increased as a result of the changes
• The changes resulted in shifts in the occupations and countries of citizenship of candidates being invited to apply
• The changes helped narrow the gender gap among invited candidates.

IRCC’s report also showed that ITA’s were issued more regularly after the immigration changes:


Pre-November 2016 Post-November 2016
With job offer 10,795 (38%) 5,151 (10%)
Without job offer 17,614 (62%) 48,098 (90%)
With Canadian study experience 8,592 (30%) 21,433 (40%)
No Canadian study experience 19,817 (70%) 31,816 (60%)


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