Canada Revamps Immigration Policies

By Editorial 15 April, 2014

Canada's Immigration Minister, Chris Alexander, has announced a new scheme, called "Express Entry," which will speed visa processing times for skilled immigrants, and allow permanent residency applications to be fast tracked. The scheme, which was formerly referred to as "Expression of Interest," will be implemented from January 2015.

Under the new regime, Qualified Express Entry applicants can expect faster processing times of six months or less when invited in four key economic streams: the Federal Skilled Worker Program, the Federal Skilled Trades Program, Canadian Experience Class, and a portion of the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP). A valid job offer or provincial/territorial nomination will also guarantee Express Entry candidates a quick invitation to apply for permanent residence.

Alexander further announced that Citizenship and Immigration Canada will be working with provincial and territorial governments to provide information sessions for employers across the country. Employers will play a key role in selecting economic immigrants and advising the Government on potential candidates, he said. Furthermore, a new and improved Job Bank will support the matching of employers with Express Entry candidates.

The Minister described the system as "a game changer for Canadian immigration and Canada's economy." He said it would revolutionize the way Canada attracts skilled immigrants, and get them working faster.

The Government believes that the program will ensure that Canada is able to select candidates who are most likely to succeed, rather than those who happen to be first in line. It will allow for greater flexibility, provide better responsiveness to regional labour shortages, and help to fill jobs where Canadian workers are not available. It is also intended to prevent backlogs, and ensure that the volume of applications received is in line with annual migration targets.

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