In early 2015,
the government will launch a new active recruitment model known as
the "Express Entry" system. This system will help
switch from the passive processing of applications in the order
that we get them, to one that prioritizes processing for people
with the skills to succeed in Canada.
- Minister of Immigration, Chris
The new Express Entry program is going to completely
transform Canada's Immigration Program. Historically
Canada's economic immigration program was an applicant driven
responsive program. Individuals who decided that they wanted
to immigrate to Canada, submitted an application and the government
was bound to consider and assess that application. The number
of applications received was always far greater than the number of
applications that the government could process and over time a
considerable backlog developed of Skilled Worker, Entrepreneur and
Investor applicants which ultimately led to the suspension of these
categories. The Skilled Worker program was eventually
re-opened in 2013 with significant changes but the Investor and
Entrepreneur categories have been formally terminated. In
order to avoid future backlogs the government has devised a new
program entitled Express Entry which is still in the
process of being finalized. However, recent Ministers of
Immigration have been publicizing CIC's newest immigration
model which is set to be introduced by January 2015.
Here's what we know so far!
Express Entry will no longer be a responsive applicant
driven model. Rather it will transform Canada's
immigration system to one that is "fast, flexible and focused
on meeting Canada's economic and labour needs".
Formerly referred to as "Expression of Interest" this new
process will allow skilled immigrants to electronically provide
preliminary information to the government regarding their
education, skills, work experience and language proficiency as well
as other biographical data. The information that
applicants provide will be assessed on a "human capital
grid" - which as of yet has not been established or
published. Based upon an applicant's human capital score,
they will be invited to submit an electronic application for
permanent residence. Only the best
applicants or those that match with a specific employer's
requirements will be invited to submit an application. Express
Entry will apply to the following economic categories of
Federal Skilled Worker Program
Federal Skilled Trades Program
Canadian Experience Class
Provincial Nominee Programs
Express Entry will be a mandatory first step in
the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), the Federal Skilled
Trades Program (FSTP) and the Canadian Experience Class
(CEC). In addition, provinces and territories will have the
option to use Express Entry to identify additional provincial
nominees for the Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) over and above
their provincial nomination allocations to an overall and
Under the Express Entry system, qualified applicants
can expect faster processing times of six months or less when they
are invited to submit an application. In addition, employers
will have a key role in selecting economic immigrants and in
providing input and advice about the program to the Canadian
government. But only those people who are "invited" to
make an application will be eligible to apply!
The Express Entry system will significantly change
Canada's immigration program. While economic immigration
has had restrictions placed on it in recent years, (such as what
occupations are eligible and caps on the number of applications to
be accepted), if a person met the qualifications for the program,
their application would be processed and they would be granted
permanent resident status. What is dramatically
different is that not all eligible applicants will be invited to
apply for permanent residence - only the very best
applicants! There is now a qualitative component to
Canada's immigration program. The positive trade off,
however, is that applications will be processed in six months or
less rather than over several years.
Entry promises to be a game changer for Canadian immigration
and Canada's economy. It will revolutionize the way we
attract skilled immigrants and get them working here faster.
Our government is actively engaging with our provincial and
territorial partners, and with employers, to make January's
launch of Express Entry a success.
- Minister of Immigration, Chris
Given the uncertainty that Express Entry brings to
Canadian Immigration program, persons who presently qualify are
well advised to apply now!
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.
Canada received more than 320,000 immigrants in the last 12 months, approaching levels not seen since the early 20th century. The per capital immigration rate at .88%, is consistent with previous Liberal government policies.
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.
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