By Jatinder Rosha
In January 2015, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) will launch a new electronic system called Express Entry to manage applications for permanent residence in certain economic programs. The new immigration programme, is similar to Australia’s Skill Select and New Zealand’s point-based system. Express Entry will allow Canada to actively recruit, assess and select skilled immigrants under the Federal Skilled Worker Program, the Federal Skilled Trades Program, the Canadian Experience Class and PNP.
The Express Entry system involves two steps:
Under the express entry system, applicants will be able to submit an ‘expression of interest’ to the Canadian government; their resume and details will be entered into a database. Employers seeking foreign skilled workers will have access to such information on the database, allowing them to select suitable candidates. Potential candidates will complete an online Express Entry profile where they will provide information about their skills, work experience, language ability, education, and other details. Candidates will be ranked against others in the pool .Only those will be selected who have more chances for establishing themselves economically in Canada or they have arranged employment offer or PNP nomination.
Selected candidates will receive an Invitation to Apply(ITA) for permanent residence & will have 60 days to submit an electronic application for permanent residence.
Government of Canada is claiming that this process will take about 6 months for potential applicants to become permanent resident of Canada, looks ambitious but let’s see how it goes.
Jatinder Rosha is Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.