Canada Express Entry for Federal Skilled Workers: Are You Qualified

The Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has recently announced that the country’s much awaited Expression of Interest (EOI) Program will be available from January 1, 2015. Express Entry is both exciting, and it is highly awaited by skilled professionals globally. But why Canada Express Entry for Federal Skilled Workers?
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Well, the nation requires a high level of immigrants to meet demand of the Canadian labor market that will ensure country’s long-term prosperity and economic. It is expected that the latest electronic program will be improvised with quick processing time, easy accessibility to applicants from different fields of work, and a sharp focus on the quality of applications.

Are you aware about Expression of Interest and Express Entry?

Under the EOI, each applicant documents his credentials, such as work experience, education, language fluency, etc., and submits a petition stating his interest in working and living in the Maple Leaf Country. The nation’s EOI Express Entry is based on the similar model run and managed by New Zealand and Australia.

As per a report, the current Immigration Minister Chris Alexander is of the view that through the Express Entry system Canadian employers will be able to bring foreign professionals for a long term. He stated that employers can bring their Labor Market Opinion (LMO) and job offer to the Express Entry system, and make sure that the worker required comes in the nation as an immigrant, and not as a temporary foreign worker, not as an individual with an uncertain future and likely to go back, but as a full immigrant to the Maple Leaf Country.

Who are eligible?

Under the new program, everyone including skilled workers is eligible to apply. Unlike the FSW program, the new Express Entry program permits applicants from all occupations to apply without including the cap feature. The scheme will not have any occupation list and the candidates will be selected on the basis of their credentials.

The plan will match the skills of the applicant with the Canadian labor market identified by different provinces, territories and employees. Thereafter, on finding an eligible applicant, the Canadian immigration authorities would offer Express Entry to those who have applied through the:

1. Federal Skilled Workers Program

2. Federal Skilled Trades Program

3. Canadian Experience Class Program or,

4. Business Class Program

It is believed that the CIC will process complete applications within six months of their submission. The candidates, who do not receive an Invitation to Apply for permanent residence even after 12 months of the submission of their application, if they still meet the required criteria, may re-submit their application for consideration. The program will deliver fast and more efficiently. It will give space to Canadian government to be more flexible and responsive to the changing economic condition of the country.

To make the scheme successful, it is estimated that Ottawa will make an investment of $14 million over a period of two years, and $4.7 million thereafter. The program will be beneficial–both for the intended immigrants and the Canadian government.

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