The Canadian Government will launch its new Express Entry Immigration System on January 1, 2015. Immigration Lawyer Colin Singer, Managing Partner of Immigration.ca and Global Recruiters of Montreal (www.grnmontreal.com), shares insight into what potential immigrants and Canadian employers can expect.
How do you anticipate Express Entry will operate?
The Federal Skilled Worker Program, FSWP the largest component of Canada’s Economic Class previously functioned under a first in/first out, point based system that attempted to measure the potential “human capital” contribution of an immigrant to Canada.
Under the new Express Entry system, Canada’s Immigration Minister will promote an Employer Driven selection model by taking on a matching, facilitator approach to recruitment. Canada’s immigration department will become an online electronic interface between foreign national applicants and potential hiring employers in Canada.
Under Express Entry, qualified applicants across many occupations will be invited to submit their profile to an Express Entry Pool and to the Canada Job Bank.
Employers will be encouraged to review candidates with the highest ranking and provide a job offer to the candidate of their choice.
Applicants with an approved job offer or those selected by a province or with “Provincial Nomination” will be considered a “match” and will be invited to formally apply for Canadian permanent residence.
The profiles of the remaining applicants will be ranked for consideration without a “sponsor” or hiring employer. Using a point system according to a number of selection factors such as Age, Education, Language, Experience and other factors, the highest ranked candidates will be considered for their potential “human capital” contribution to Canada.
Immigration authorities will then decide which of the highest ranked applicants will be invited to apply for permanent residence. This will take place across applicable economic class programs, including the Federal Skilled Worker Program, the Skilled Trades Program the Canada Experience Class and other programs.
The 10 provinces and territories will retain autonomy to continue selecting immigrants under their immigration programs.
How long will this process take?
Applicants who are invited to apply for permanent residence will have 60-days to submit a full application. The government promises a selection decision in 6-months or less in most cases.
Applicants who receive a selection decision will then undergo medical and security formalities which could take another 6 months to conclude after a positive decision. Overall processing time will likely range 6-12 months for the majority of applicants.
Under Express Entry, will applicants be dependent on a job offer from a “sponsor” Canadian employer?
Annual levels for 2015 have been raised to between 260,000 – 285,000 which will represent Canada’s highest immigration levels in 5 years. From this level approximately 170,000 will comprise Economic Class immigrants and their dependants. A qualified job offer from an employer in Canada is a significant benefit but is not a requirement. The numbers of applicants who are expected to succeed in securing an approved job offer under Express Entry will likely be modest.
Will the Federal Skilled Worker Program continue under Express Entry?
The FSWP will continue to comprise the largest number of admissions to Canada.
Will Express Entry succeed?
As immigration lawyers and professionally licensed recruiters on behalf of Canadian employers, we believe that most small and mid-sized employers will be reluctant to take on the task of direct recruitment. Many employers will continue to rely on the services of skilled recruiters.
Employers with pressing hiring needs will unlikely wait a period of 6 months or longer for a candidate to begin employment.
The Canada Job Bank under the new Express Entry system may become a marginal or secondary source of potential candidates for recruiters. At best, this could account for a modest number of applicants selected by employers under the new system.
However for the remaining candidates without a job offer from a Canadian employer, immigration authorities will invite the highest ranked candidates to apply for permanent residence under the Federal Skilled Worker Program and other federal programs.
The Federal Skilled Worker Program will continue to represent the largest number of Economic Class immigrants to Canada with most being selected under the human capital contribution assessment approach.
Express Entry will succeed to the extent that the inventory of potential candidates and the processing of applications for permanent residence by the Canadian government will be easier to manage than previously.
How is immigration.ca positioned for Canada’s new Express Entry Immigration System?
We strongly believe that employment recruitment and individualized search consulting assistance is an important consideration for all immigrant applicants to Canada. In 2007, we acquired Global Recruiters of Montreal (www.grnmontreal.com) an independently owned franchise of Chicago based Global Recruiters Network. GRN Montreal provides search consulting expertise that applicants and employers require. For the past 7 years we have provided all our immigration clients with invaluable, search consulting services from our in-house trained recruiters. We believe our clients have the best chances to succeed in their immigration projects under the new Express Entry Immigration to Canada.
As 2016 unfolds, one unique development in Canada’s immigration circles cannot be overlooked: the professionals at www.immigration.ca are celebrating more than 20 years of successful online service.
“I have been told by many of our colleagues in the Canadian immigration industry that we are Canada’s immigration Internet Gurus” says Attorney Colin Singer who is the creative and Managing Partner of this successful enterprise. “Even prospective applicants to Canada, human resource managers and many government representatives in Canada routinely compliment us that our Internet web site is their first point of reference when an issue of relocation to Canada arises” he adds.
It is no wonder how this reality took hold. Singer was Canada’s first attorney and immigration professional to establish a well known identity on the Internet in 1994. Then in 1996, he launched www.immigration.ca, the rarest of one-word domain names in the Canadian immigration industry. “Back in the days when we started, there were no immigration lawyers offering their services on the net and there was no Yahoo or Google.”
It stands to reason that Singer, one of Canada’s foremost corporate immigration attorneys, continues to tackle his vocation with a flair for uniqueness and innovation. His immigration law practice, employing more than 25 lawyers, registered ICCRC consultants, paralegals and technical support staff continues to follow a time tested philosophy – Customer service, Customer satisfaction and Customer loyalty.
Emphasis is also placed on ensuring that the content of immigration.ca is more than just a mere replication of legal jargon. “We have always taken pride to ensure that our web content is comprehensive, thorough and more insightful than what government authorities are prepared to offer. Government has no interest in presenting the full picture”, he adds. “There is a famous Chinese saying that when translated infers: You do not know, what you do not know”, he cautions.
Indeed, Attorney Singer whose commentaries have been published in news media in both Canada and the United States shares an insightful understanding of Canadian immigration policy relying on 25 years of practice.
During past number of years Singer, a licensed Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) with the Quebéc Order of Certified Human Resources and Industrial Relations Counsellors in the Province of Quebec and licensed as an employment agency in Alberta, began offering in-house employment and recruitment services to an established clientele including human resource and personnel managers and business owners across Canada. “Over the years we realized that the practice involves more than sharing our knowledge and expertise in the immigration industry. Immigration to Canada requires a strong knowledge of recruitment. Yet most immigration lawyers will outsource this component of the practice,” says Singer.
In 2007 the Firm acquired Global Recruiters of Montreal (www.grnmontreal.com) an independently owned professional permanent executive search firm forming part of the Global Recruiters Network, one of the fastest growing companies of its kind in North America.
Singer also explains that the focus of the firm’s activities often extends beyond immigration and employment search consulting. The firm endeavours to offer assistance on both personal and professional levels. Their extensive experience with immigrants to Canada, and their familiarity with the adjustment and adaptation that living in Canada requires, enables Singer and his team to provide its clients with services that are tailored to each of their clients’ individual needs and characteristics.
Twenty years is a significant measure in any service business but such a milestone in Internet terms is a lifetime! For Attorney Colin Singer and Immigration.ca, the future could not be brighter.