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Countdown on to Canada’s new express immigration programme

by Ray Clancy on December 16, 2014

There are only two weeks to go until the launch of Canada’s new Express Entry immigration recruitment scheme to meet economic and labour market needs.

From 01 January 2015, potential candidates can create their profiles, with the first invitations to apply issued within weeks, Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander has announced.

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Express Entry will help select skilled immigrants based on their skills and experience

Express Entry will help select skilled immigrants based on their skills and experience. Those with valid job offers or provincial/territorial nominations will be picked first.

Candidates will be ranked and selected, based on the factors that research shows are linked to success in the Canadian economy. Research shows these criteria will help ensure newcomers participate more fully in the Canada’s economy and integrate more quickly into Canadian society.

Alexander also highlighted that additional information was published on the CIC website to help potential immigrants and employers understand the new system, and to promote Canada as a destination of choice, based on a strong economy, low taxes and job opportunities.

He explained that Express Entry will result in faster processing and will allow the government to be more flexible and respond better to Canada’s changing labour market needs.

Express Entry will manage applications for three federal economic immigration programmes: the Federal Skilled Worker Programme, Federal Skilled Trades Programme and the Canadian Experience Class.

Provinces and territories will be able to use the Express Entry system to select a portion of candidates for their Provincial Nominee Programmes.

Once candidates have been selected from the pool, they will need to complete the immigration process, which includes health and security checks. Applications will be processed in six months or less.

“With the launch of Express Entry in January, the government will build on our strong and proven record of helping immigrants succeed, and helping Canada’s economy thrive,” said Alexander.

“From 01 January we will be able to select the top economic immigrants who will contribute to our economy, labour market and communities,” he added.

 

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