Canada Prepares Employers For Express Entry Launch

By Lewis Cooper, for ExpatBriefing.com 21 July, 2014

Canada's Citizenship and Immigration Minister, Chris Alexander, has met with stakeholders and key business leaders ahead of January's launch of Express Entry, a scheme which will make it easier for skilled economic immigrants to settle in the country.

From next year, an electronic application management system will be used to administer Express Entry for four existing economic programs – the Federal Skilled Worker Program, the Federal Skilled Trades Program, the Canadian Experience Class, and a portion of the Provincial Nominee Program. Eligible candidates will be placed into a pool, from which employers will be able to consider which applicants best meet their needs in cases where a Canadian or permanent resident for the job cannot be found. Also, a new and improved Job Bank will help facilitate matches between Canadian employers and Express Entry candidates.

Job offers will be subject to a Labour Market Impact Assessment in place at that time. Express Entry candidates who receive a qualifying job offer from a Canadian employer, or a nomination under the Provincial Nominee Program, will be invited to apply for permanent residency soon after.

Applicants for permanent residency can expect faster processing times, of six months or less.

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