Get into Canada as an immigrant in 6 months or less!
This in essence is what Canada’s new immigration program promises starting January 2015.
Called Express Entry, the new electronic system intends to “manage applications for permanent residence in certain economic programs. Canada needs high levels of immigration to meet current and future labor market needs, which will ensure …economic growth and long-term prosperity.”
The Philippines was the top source country of immigrants to Canada two years in a row: 36,580 in 2010 and 34,911 in 2011, moving down to second spot last year with 32,747 permanent resident visas issued to Filipinos.
The most popular migration route – the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSW) – lists the 50 priority occupations that Canada needs. This is the last time a list would be published until Express Entry becomes operative next year. The overall cap under FSW is 25,500 with a limit of 1,000 per occupation.
After being removed for two years, registered nurses are back on the list. This time even nursing coordinators, supervisors and licensed practical nurses are included.
Similar to Australia’s SkillSelect program and New Zealand’s Expression of Interest scheme, Express Entry will allow employers as well as provinces and territories of Canada to “actively recruit, assess and select skilled immigrants” under the three most popular economic immigration programs: the Federal Skilled Worker Program, the Federal Skilled Trades Program, and Canadian Experience Class.
The Express Entry system involves two steps:
1) Potential candidates complete an online Express Entry profile providing information about their skills, work experience, language ability, education and other factors to meet the proposed criteria. Selected applications will be placed in a pool of qualified candidates and ranked. Candidates with the highest ranking scores and those with qualifying offers of arranged employment will be invited to apply for permanent residence.
Those without job offers or nomination from a province or territory must register with the Government of Canada’s Job Bank.
2) Citizenship and Immigration Canada will invite candidates with the highest ranking to apply for permanent residence and process their electronic applications within six months. Invited candidates have 60 days to submit an electronic application for permanent residence in any of the three economic class programs as well as with the provincial nomination program.
Applicants who do not receive invitations for permanent residency after 12 months may resubmit their profile and re-enter the pool if they meet the existing criteria. This cut-off and resubmission provision is aimed at preventing backlogs, ensure quick processing times and allow Canada to tailor its migration program to the country’s economic conditions and priorities.