Canada’s Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, Chris Alexander, spoke about the new Express Entry immigration system at the Skilled Migration event in Regina, SK this week. This new selection system for residency applications will come into operation as of January 1, 2015.
Under the current system, all residency applications under economic class programs are processed in order of receipt meaning Canada operates in “passive mode” and has little say on what skill sets apply to come to Canada. The three economic class programs for Canada are Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), the Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP), and the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) This will all change on Jan 1st 2015. The objective of the Express Entry selection system is that Canada will “deliver through immigration the workforce that Canada needs”. These changes will see applicants make an electronic “expression of interest” and then be ranked in a pool with all other candidates. Points will be applied based on usual selection criteria (age, language, education, work experience) with additional points for candidates with a LMIA-supported job offer or PNP nomination. Based on employer demand and labour market expectations, higher-ranking candidates will be invited to apply through a specific program and guaranteed a maximum processing time of six months.
Express Entry will not bring any changes to the requirements around eligibility for economic class programs but will allow Canada to actively select candidates that are needed and expedite their processing times for residency. This will create a “demand-driven system that will closer match Canada’s economic needs.” Employers will play a key role in selecting economic immigrants to Canada along with Federal and Provincial government.
To learn more about Express Entry, visit the following resource:
Express Entry Immigration System to Open in 2015
For an update of how the Express Entry system has evolved since it’s launch in January 2015 please read: Express Entry – May 2015 Update