OTTAWA, April 8, 2014 /CNW/ - Canada's Citizenship and Immigration
Minister Chris Alexander today announced that Canada's active
recruitment model for economic immigration will officially be called "Express Entry." Set to launch in January 2015, "Express Entry" is a major step forward in the transformation of Canada's immigration
system into one that is fast, flexible and focused on meeting Canada's
economic and labour needs.
"Express Entry" will allow for greater flexibility and better responsiveness to deal
with regional labour shortages, and help fill open jobs for which there
are no available Canadian workers. "Express Entry" candidates who receive a valid job offer or nomination under the
Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) will be quickly invited to apply for
permanent residency - a key distinction between "Express Entry" and the Temporary Foreign Worker Program, which is only used to fill
temporary labour and skill shortages.
Formerly referred to as "Expression of Interest", "Express Entry" will be open to skilled immigrants and allow the government to select
the best candidates who are most likely to succeed in Canada, rather
than those who happen to be first in line. It will also prevent
backlogs and allow Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) to better
coordinate application volume with the annual immigration levels plan.
Qualified applicants can expect faster processing times of six months or
less when invited to come to Canada in four key economic streams: the
Federal Skilled Worker Program, Federal Skilled Trades Program,
Canadian Experience Class, and a portion of the PNP.
With "Express Entry," employers will have a key role in selecting economic immigrants and
providing advice to the Government of Canada. To this end, Alexander
also announced that over the course of spring 2014, CIC will work with
provincial and territorial governments to hold a series of cross-Canada
information sessions to provide employers with more information about
this exciting new system.
Canada's Economic Action Plan 2014 will invest $14 million over two
years and $4.7 million per year ongoing to ensuring the successful
implementation of Express Entry.
With Express Entry, Canada will be able to select the best candidates
who are most likely to achieve success in Canada, rather than the first
person in line.
The Government of Canada's new and improved Job Bank will help
facilitate matches between Canadian employers and Express Entry
Having a valid job offer or provincial/territorial nomination will
guarantee Express Entry candidates an invitation to apply for permanent
"Express Entry promises to be a game-changer for Canadian immigration and Canada's
economy. It will revolutionize the way we attract skilled immigrants,
and get them working here faster. Our government is actively engaged
with our provincial and territorial partners, and with employers, to
make January's launch of Express Entry a success."
Chris Alexander, Canada's Citizenship and Immigration Minister
Backgrounder — Expression of Interest (EOI): Preparing for Success in
Economic Action Plan 2014
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