Express Entry will be “a swifter path to Canada that will select immigrants based on the skills and attributes that Canada needs based on those identified by government but also by employers,” said Immigration Minister Chris Alexander during a the second Skilled Migration Conference held in Regina, Sk on 15-16 October 2014 .
The dawn of next year shall bring in a new platform to bring in Canadian employers and foreign workers together and a new electronic system called Express Entry will be launched to manage applications for permanent residence in certain economic program. Chris Alexender proclaimed that in January 2015, the candidate who wants to live and work in Canada as permanent residence need not wait for permanent residency approval, the credentials will be given preference.
Provinces and territories will also be able to recruit candidates from the Express Entry system for a portion of the Provincial Nominee Programs to meet local labour market needs. Under this new system, employers will also have a key role in selecting economic immigrants. Employers will access candidates through Canada’s new and improved Job Bank and through provinces and territories where applicable. Expression of Interest (EOI) will be a quicker medium to connect to employers and the idea of Job Bank would assist in finding the job without more ado.
The Express Entry system involves following two steps
Step 1: Express Entry profile
Step one includes the Expression of Interest to immigrate to Canada. Via an online portal, the desired candidate can fill-in the information related to their and work and education credentials. Also, they need to register with Job Bank to get in link with employers.
They will be assessed according to skills based ranking system that looks at
- Language ability
- Work experience
- Other factors that lead to success in Canada (e.g. Job offer or LMIA )
At this stage, skills will be self declared based on test result.
Those who meet the criteria of one of the federal economic immigration programs are subject to Express Entry and will be placed in a pool of candidates
Candidate will need to promote themselves:
- Registration with Job Bank will be required
- They will be encouraged to signal their presence in the Express Entry Pool to recruiters, on private sector job boards etc.
Step 2: Invitation to Apply (ITA)
In Stage Two, if the credentials of the applicant meets the requirement of the employer, the applicant will be offered a job. And instantly, the applicant will be issued an ‘Invitation to Apply’ within 60 days for Permanent Residence through one of four existing economic immigration program:
- Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP)
- Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP)
- Canadian Experience Class (CEC)
- Provincial Nominee Program (PNP)*
*A portion of PNP programs will be allocated for Express Entry Candidates
Express Entry candidates will benefits from processing time Six months or less.
Candidates need to meet the criteria set out in the economic immigration program which applies to them
Provinces and Territories = Key Partners
- Provincial and territorial (P/T) nominations will continue an grow under the new system.
- P/T will able to nominate candidates who meet their unique regional labour market needs
- When an Express Entry candidate is identified through a PNP, they can be handpicked and quickly invited to apply for permanent residence.
- CIC will process application in Six months or less.
It’s being clearly mentioned that:
Canadian employers having direct role in recruiting economic immigrants
- Express Entry candidates with a valid job offer or provincial nomination will quickly receive ITA for Permanent Residence
- Access to a pool of eligible candidates who meet current labour market needs
- New and improved Job Bank with coordinated LMIA process
- No cost to Canadian employers and Express Entry Candidates to connect through Job Bank
- No LMIA fee for PR applications
- Six months or less to process PR applications in 80% of cases from receipt to complete application to final decision