Canada Express Entry Visa Helping Fill Skills Gap

By Fernand Gagnier, for 11 February, 2015

Canada's Citizenship and Immigration Minister, Chris Alexander, has announced that expats accepted after a first round of applications under Canada's Express Entry system are already helping to fill gaps in Canada's labor market.

On January 31, 779 skilled workers, including professionals in natural and applied sciences and industrial, electrical, and construction trades were invited to apply for permanent residency in Canada. Each of the candidates declared that they already had a valid job offer or provincial nomination.

Under Express Entry, skilled workers who want to apply to Canada's key economic immigration programs are able to create an online profile and express their interest in becoming a permanent resident.

Canada will regularly invite the top candidates from the pool of applicants to immigrate. With most applications being processed within six months, candidates will be able to contribute to Canada's economy and job market more quickly than ever before.

Express Entry can be used for applications for three federal economic immigration programs: the Federal Skilled Worker Program, the Federal Skilled Trades Program, and the Canadian Experience Class.

"Express Entry is already getting impressive results in its first month. The fact that everyone who was invited to apply for permanent residence in this round of invitations already has a valid job offer or provincial nomination shows that Express Entry is working to fill Canada's existing labor market gaps," explained Minister Alexander.

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