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Will Express Entry Turn a New Leaf Under the Trudeau Government?

The 19th Express Entry draw raised the threshold from the lowest (450 during the 17th and 18th draw) to 489 in the latest selection.

Crispin ArandaOriginally posted on November 8, 2015; updated February 13, 2016

Will Express Entry Turn a New Leaf Under the Trudeau Government?

A total of 1,520 applicants were invited to pursue and complete their permanent residents after the Ministry issued instructions from October 23 to 24, 2015.


The 19th Express Entry selection came in the heels of the Liberal Party victory in Canada's national elections and the now sworn-in Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.


Throughout the campaign, the Liberal Party focused on making the family reunification "a more open and quicker process" by doubling the budget for family class immigration processing to reduce processing times as well as double the via allocation for the Parent and Grandparent Program, from 5,000 to 10,000.


While the Trudeau government will retain the Express Entry immigration selection system the Liberals "have pledged to conduct a review of the system" and add points for Express Entry candidates with sibling in Canada. 


What's in a name?


The new government is changing the names of several departments among them 

the Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT), or Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada (DFATD), to its new monicker Global Affairs Canada.


Other departmental name change and appointed Ministers:


Carolyn Bennett's title, minister of indigenous and northern affairs (instead of aboriginal affairs and northern development).


The full list of departmental stationery  according to the Privy Council Office website are:


Citizenship and Immigration Canada to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada

Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada to Global Affairs Canada.

Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada to Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada.

Industry Canada to Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada.

Public Works and Government Services Canada to Public Services and Procurement Canada.

Environment Canada to Environment and Climate Change Canada.

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Crispin Aranda

Crispin Aranda

Crispin R. Aranda is an established International Visa Conselor and Immigrant Advocate. He is the president of IVC and is in several migration radio programs.

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