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Validating Your Job Offer for Express Entry

Updated: Apr 10

Express Entry Explained: Validating Your Job Offer for CRS Points – A Comprehensive Guide

Navigating the Express Entry system, particularly the validation of job offers for Canadian Experience Class (CEC) candidates, is crucial for maximizing CRS points. This detailed guide breaks down the complexities of the process, referencing specific IRCC regulations under ss. 29(2)(a) and beyond, to provide a clear understanding for potential applicants.

Validating Job Offers under ss. 29(2)(a):

For job offers supported by an LMIA, points are allocated as follows:

  • (a) 200 points for offers in Major Group 00(0) of the National Occupational Classification (NOC).

  • (b) 50 points for other qualifying offers of arranged employment.

For a job offer to enhance your CRS score, it must meet one of the following criteria:

  • Named on a Valid LMIA:

    • The principal applicant (PA) must be specifically named on an LMIA by ESDC.

    • This indicates ESDC's approval of the job offer's necessity and benefit to the Canadian labor market.

  • Holding a Valid Work Permit Issued Based on a Positive LMIA:

    • The PA should have a work permit issued after a positive LMIA decision.

    • The PA must currently work for the same employer as listed on the LMIA, which must remain valid and unrevoked.

  • Holding a Valid LMIA-Exempt, Employer-Specific Work Permit:

    • The PA should possess an employer-specific work permit exempt from LMIA under the International Mobility Program.

    • The PA must be employed with the same employer as specified on the work permit at the time of application.

    • The PA is required to have at least one year of full-time or equivalent part-time work experience with this employer.

Additional Considerations for Job Offer Validation:

  • Duration of Employment: The offer should be for continuous, full-time work in Canada, lasting at least one year after the issuance of permanent residency.

  • Occupation Classification: The job offer must be in an occupation listed under TEER Categories 0, 1, 2, or 3 of the National Occupational Classification (NOC).

  • Compliance with Employment Standards: It's essential that the job offer aligns with all relevant employment laws and standards in Canada, and the PA possesses the required qualifications and abilities to perform the job duties.

Open Work Permits, Including PGWP, and Limitations:

  • It's important to note that an open work permit, such as a PGWP, cannot be used to validate a job offer under this regulation. However, PGWP holders can pursue validation if they obtain a job offer supported by a valid LMIA.

  • This pathway is particularly advantageous for PGWP holders with a three-year duration, especially if they are in their first year. This timeframe provides ample opportunity to receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA).

  • Crucially, candidates must apply for Permanent Residency before the LMIA expires to benefit from this approach.

Claiming CRS Points:

To claim CRS points for a job offer, ensure your PR application is submitted before the expiration of the LMIA or work permit. For CEC candidates, the application must be made after one year of work experience but before the work permit expires.

Risk of Losing Points:

If the job offer is revoked, ceases to qualify, or the PA cannot fulfill the job duties, the awarded CRS points for the offer will be adjusted accordingly (-50 or -200 points).


Understanding the detailed regulations for validating a job offer is key for CEC candidates in the Express Entry system. This comprehensive guide aims to clarify these criteria, helping you navigate the process effectively. At Immigrative Visa Services Inc., we are dedicated to assisting you through every step of your Express Entry journey, ensuring your application is strong and compliant with the latest IRCC guidelines. Begin your journey with confidence by scheduling an initial consultation with our team of experts today.


This blog post is intended for general informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice. For personalized advice regarding your specific immigration situation, it is recommended to consult with an authorized immigration professional.

About the Author:

This blog post is authored by Hossein Alavi, RCIC, a seasoned Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant and the founder and CEO of Immigrative Visa Services Inc. and EduPal Canada. With over ten years of experience in the education and immigration sectors, he is dedicated to assisting individuals and companies with their Canadian immigration needs. Contact Immigrative Visa Services Inc. today to schedule your consultation and take the first step toward realizing your Canadian dream.


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