On December 1, 2014, Citizenship and Immigration Canada published Ministerial Instructions relating to its proposed Express Entry System. Express Entry will come into effect on January 1, 2015, at 12:00 noon EST, and will apply to: (1) the Federal Skilled Worker class, (2) the Canadian Experience Class, (3) the Federal Skilled Trades Class, and (4) the Express Entry Stream of a Provincial Nominee Program.
Effective May 1, 2014, a maximum of 25,500 new Federal Skilled Worker applications without an offer of arranged employment (including 500 applications in the PhD student/graduate stream), 5,000 new Federal Skilled Trades applications, and 8,000 new Canadian Experience Class applications will be considered for processing between May 1, 2014, and April 30, 2015, unless otherwise indicated in a future Ministerial Instruction.
On November 9, 2013, Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander announced significant changes to the Canadian Experience Class (“CEC”). Citizenship and Immigration Canada (“CIC”) will now impose a total annual cap on the number of new CEC applications that it accepts and introduce limits on the number of applications that may be accepted in certain occupations. In addition, CIC will change the timing of when language ability is assessed.