A new scheme that makes Immigration speedier to Canada is to be launched by the Canadian Govt. in January 2015. This scheme has been inspired by the Australian and New Zealand models that have been announced a month ago. Chris Alexander the Canadian minister for immigration has asked employers to be ready for the change in migration.
The Canadian Government is taking all steps to ensure that the transition occurs smoothly without any hitch. Meetings across the world are being held with business leaders and stakeholders to ensure that the Express Entry launch goes without any challenge whatsoever.
Candidates will need to apply online to avail the Express Entry scheme
Those interested to avail the Express Entry scheme need to fill an online form expressing their interest also known as Expression of Interest (EI) for the immigration department to evaluate their qualification. Expression of Entry program is somewhat akin to applying for a job through one large central organization which takes in all the applications and allots them to the provinces and employers.
The Express Entry form asks for the following details:
- The applicant’s documents such as education, work experience, qualifications etc.
- The applicant’s reasons of interest to live and work in Canada
Once the online application is received it goes through the following steps:
Step 1– Candidates create an Express Entry profile identifying their skills and qualifications in an online resume. The profile is then ranked against other applicants based on various factors that include language proficiency in English or French, their education merits, their work experience and other factors that indicate that the candidate will be an asset to the Canadian workforce.
Step 2– Those applicants that do not have a Canadian job offer from an employer will need to register in the Canada Job Bank site.
Step 3– Assessment of every profile in the Job Bank is done to judge who could meet the criteria of a federal economic program and then upgraded with other entries in the Express Entry pool.
A snapshot of the online Job Bank page
Step 4– If an application is selected, the applicant will be issued an Invitation to Apply to which he/she needs to respond within 60 days’ time to qualify for permanent residence.
Step 5– The applicant can then apply for permanent residence choosing from the following categories:
- FSW (Federal Skilled Worker Program),
- FST (Federal Skilled Trade Program),
- CEC (Canadian Experience Class) or
- PNP (Provincial Nomination Program)
Though the applicants are offered to apply to any of the above categories they would still be chosen only if they meet the requirements of the program that they are applying to. The entire process is conducted online. After all the above detailed Steps are satisfied, it might take CIC (Citizenship and Immigration Canada) 6 months or less to process the applications.
News Source: Visa Reporter
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