Canadian employers have been promised a more streamlined,
effective and engaging process for hiring skilled foreign workers.
Following an initial announcement in October of last year, the
Government of Canada recently issued a news release providing further details on its
new system for qualified economic immigrants, called "Express
Entry", which is set to launch in January 2015. The new system
is portrayed as a "game changer" for Canadian employers
seeking skilled workers from other countries.
Canada's Minister for Citizenship and Immigration
("CIC"), Chris Alexander, touted the following benefits
of the new system:
greater flexibility and responsiveness to regional labour
accepted candidates will be "quickly invited" to
apply for permanent residency (infusing the labour market with
permanent workers, a key distinction from the Temporary
Foreign Worker Program);
selection of workers to be based on the best candidates, rather
than first in line; and
faster processing times for qualified applicants of "six
months or less".
Perhaps most importantly, the government states that
"employers will have a key role in selecting economic
immigrants and providing advice to the Government of
The new system is a welcome development for employers who have
been belaboured by paperwork, long wait times and a flawed
selection process for skilled workers under the previous
Keep an eye out for information sessions to be provided by CIC,
in collaboration with provincial and territorial governments,
across the country this spring. We will follow the development of
the Express Entry system with interest and will continue to work
with employers in preparation for its launch in January 2015.
October 12th, 2016 - Immigration authorities conducted the 21st round of invitations under Express Entry in 2016 and 44th overall, inviting 1518 applicants for permanent residence with a lowest CRS score of 484.
October 19th, 2016 - Immigration authorities conducted the 22nd round of invitations under Express Entry in 2016 and 45th overall, inviting 1804 applicants for permanent residence, the largest number ever. The lowest CRS score was 475, a decline from the previous draw.
September 21st, 2016 - Immigration authorities conducted the 20th round of invitations under Express Entry in 2016 and 43rd overall, inviting 1288 applicants for permanent residence with a lowest CRS score of 483.
A unique feature of the new Canada express entry immigration system is that candidates can improve their comprehensive ranking score while in the express entry pool, without submitting a new application. We review important strategies.
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