Canada quickens residency process

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The Canadian government has launched its Express Entry selection system for immigration to Canada, which can lead to skilled Filipino workers, in particular, getting invited to apply for permanent residency in Canada.

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In a statement on Canada Immigration website, it said the system was officially launched on January 1.

“This marks the culmination of years of planning and discussion between the federal government, provincial governments, Canadian employers, immigration advocates and other interested parties,” it added.

Eligible candidates can now create their online profiles to maximize their chances of receiving an invitation to apply for Canadian permanent residency.

The Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) said it will issue the first invitations before the end of this month.

“Candidates who act quickly may be in the best position to take advantage and begin their route to Canada,” the statement said.

The same system, which moved from being supply-driven to demand-driven, has already been implemented in Australia and New Zealand.

“Canada’s Express Entry system is modeled around potential candidates for Canadian immigration making an ‘expression of interest’ in immigrating to Canada.”

The immigration process is now “simpler and quicker” because it will be conducted online.

Express Entry is not an immigration reform, but rather a system being used by Canada to select candidates for immigration there.

“The federal government and provincial government, as well as Canadian employers, are able to select candidates from the Express Entry pool, which is made up of candidates who must be eligible for one of the federal economic immigration programs.”

The programs are the Federal Skilled Worker Program, the Federal Skilled Trades Program and the Canadian Experience Class.

Those who will be selected will get an invitation to apply for permanent residency in Canada.

They will have 60 days to submit their application and all supporting documents.
From the date the application is received, CIC is aiming to finish processing the documents in six months.

The potential candidates, before signing with the Express Entry selection system, must first determine their eligibility. Only those eligible under the three programs mentioned must fill out an online profile.

If eligible, the candidate may create his Express Entry profile, which will then be ranked against other candidates according to the Comprehensive Ranking System.

“If a candidate is not eligible for one of the federal economic immigration programs, he or she may strive to become eligible by improving his or her core human capital factors in areas such as work experience, language ability and education credentials.”

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