Citizenship and Immigration Canada ("CIC") implemented its Express Entry system on January 1, 2015. Since that date, CIC has issued two rounds of Invitations to Apply (“ITAs”), which invite selected Express Entry applicants to submit applications for permanent residence. However, it only issued 779 ITAs during each round. In addition, it established a minimum Comprehensive Ranking Score of 886 for the first round and 818 for the second round. This ensured that only Express Entry applicants who had either arranged employment or a nomination under the Express Entry Stream of a Provincial Nomination Program could be considered.
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 March 30, 2013, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (“CIC”) published Ministerial Instructions that established the Start-Up Visa Program (“SUVP”). When initially established, the SUVP included a Venture Capital stream and an Angel Investor stream. However, on October 26, 2013, CIC published new Ministerial Instructions, which expanded the SUVP to include business incubators. It also began accepting applications under this new stream on October 26, 2013.