Program delivery update – September 15, 2015

This section contains policy, procedures and guidance used by IRCC staff. It is posted on the department’s website as a courtesy to stakeholders.

Update to Express Entry instructions for certain economic permanent residence classes


Minor updates have been made to clarify instructions, fix grammatical and technical errors, and amend language. The following specific changes were made:

  • Language was amended in the following ways:
    • Terms were updated to match the language on Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC)’s external website.
    • References to “draws” were replaced by “rounds of invitations” and references to “Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC)’s Job Bank” by “Government of Canada’s Job Bank”.
    • References to “Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP)” were replaced by “federal skilled worker class (FSWC)” and references to “Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP)” by “federal skilled trades class (FSTC)”.
    • The term “qualifying offer of arranged employment” was properly defined.
    • New definitions were added for the terms “acknowledgement of receipt letter” and “electronic receipt of the application for permanent residence letter”.
  • Certain sections of text were reordered to improve logic and coherence, including the following:
  • The hierarchy that governs under which class a candidate is invited to apply when they appear eligible for multiple classes was updated.
  • The section on settlement funds was expanded to explain the exemption that exists for certain scenarios and classes.
  • Instructions regarding Educational Credential Assessments (ECA) were updated to provide more information on when an ECA is considered valid as well as to explain that an ECA must be issued by the Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada only if the applicant requires a licence to practise as a pharmacist (National Occupational Classification code 3131).
  • Information on fraud detection was added to the instructions on the role of ESDC to assist with assessing offers of employment.

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