March 23, 2018 – With the immigration debate in the U.S. focusing on impact of chain immigration and family reunification, there are calls for a Canadian-style points-based system to be implemented.

Critics of the existing U.S. system was to see candidates accepted based on merit instead of the presence of family members.

Understanding Points-Based Immigration

With countries struggling to balance the aspirations of native residents with the economic advantage of attracting skilled immigrants, economic immigration is seen as more transparent and fair than family reunification.

Canada introduced its points-based immigration system in 1967, and it continues as the mainstay of the country's immigration policy. Candidates are allotted points based on education, professional experience, language proficiency, age, adaptability to Canada, and qualified job offer.

Canada Express Entry also includes a Comprehensive Ranking System score based on similar factors, but also including a possible provincial nomination.

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