Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) announced the much awaited immigration program i.e. Canada Express Entry, which will come into force from January 2015. Canada Express Entry is the most exciting opportunity for skilled workers who wish to immigrate to Canada. Focusing on the quality of applications, the new immigration system will revolutionize the Canadian immigration system which includes quicker processing times, open to more applicants from various sectors etc.
Under new Canada Express Entry program, applicants who wish to immigrate to Canada must submit their ‘Expression of Interest (EOI)’ to the Government of Canada. EOI is a process of submitting their documents such as educational qualifications, work experience, etc. and expressing their interest of living and working in the destined country.
Under the Canada Express Entry system, the applications received will be entered into a database where an employer can review and select the suitable candidates. All the applications will be ranked based on the credentials of the applicants such as having a job offer from the employer of Canada or scoring highest rank in a provincial nomination.
After a labor market impact assessment, if a Canadian employer could not find any Canadian citizen to fill the vacancy, they can access the database of Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) to find the suitable Candidate and can offer them a job. Aspirants who hold a valid job offer will be given priority while inviting to apply for Canadian permanent residency.
The applicants who do not hold a job offer from a Canadian employer can gain access to the upgraded Canada Job Bank, where they can post their credentials and employers of Canada can search for an applicant who fits their requirement and can offer them a job.
The first and foremost benefit of Canada Express Entry is that applicants can enjoy the freedom of including any credentials, qualifications, skills and experience that they feel are most relevant to their application. The new system i.e. Canada Express Entry accepts unlimited number of applications and quality plays a significant role through which employers and provinces will be able to choose the best doctors, IT managers and other skilled workers.
Chris Alexander, Canada's Citizenship and Immigration Minister, said that the Canada Express Entry program lets to select the Candidates who can contribute their skills for the success of economy instead passively processing all applicants in a queue.