May 1, 2014
Updates on the Express Entry Program
Citizenship and Immigration Canada will launch The Express Entry Program starting January 2015. The program will provide more recruitment possibilities for Employers and grant more opportunities for prospective skilled immigrants.
The Express Entry program will be a two step process.
1. Express Entry Submission
Step one will require skilled foreign workers who want to migrate to Canada as economic immigrants to submit an Express Entry form online. The application will be accessed according to a skills based ranking system that looks at:
– Language Proficiency
– Canadian work experience
– Other factors that lead to success in Canada
Candidates who have met the minimum criteria for one of the three Federal programs: Federal Skilled Worker (FSW), Canadian Experience Class (CEC), and Federal Skilled Trades (FST) will need to promote themselves by registering on Job Bank. They are also encouraged to signal their presence in the Express Entry pool, on private job sector boards and to other Province/Territories (PTs).
Employers will have direct access through the more modernized Job Bank System with coordinated LMO process. LMOs will be required for most valid job offers as the new system will connect Canadian employers with a comprehensive pool of candidates if they can’t find Canadian Citizens, or Permanent Residents to fulfill their job requirements.
Citizenship and Immigration (CIC) will also be able to select candidates that are most likely to succeed in Canada, rather than the first in line. Only nominations in Express Entry will be subject to on-line processing and faster processing times of less than 6 months.
2. Invitation to Apply (ITA)
Step two matches Express Entry Candidates with an Employer, Province, or Territory (PTs), who will then present that candidate with a job offer or nomination. When an employer offers a job, or a PT issues a nomination to a candidate, an automatic ITA for permanent residence will be offered. Candidates with an ITA will have a limited amount of time to apply for permanent residence through one of the three economic immigration programs.
They will need to meet the criteria for permanent residence set out in the program that applies to them. Provinces and Territories can nominate candidates from the pool; however, these candidates are required to meet the minimum entry criteria for a nomination to be valid under Express Entry.
Citizenship and Immigration Canada will continue to obtain feedback after the launch of the program in January 2015 and work on continuous improvements.