Fill out a questionnaire, write a flattering description of yourself, post a profile and hope someone notices you. This is not the next big thing in online dating, but the way Canada will select its skilled workers starting Jan. 1.
Gone will be the days of long queues, when officials processed applications in the order received, leading to backlogs of a year or longer. New applications will be entered into a pool from which employers and provinces can select candidates, who are then invited by the government to apply for permanent residence. Most applications will be processed within six months, Citizenship and Immigration Canada says.
Below is an outline showing how the new system, called Express Entry, will work.
1. People who want to move to Canada as a skilled worker post a profile in the Express Entry pool. To do this they must meet the qualifications for either the Federal Skilled Worker Program, the Federal Skilled Trades Program, the Canadian Experience Class or a Provincial Nominee program. If the person has not already been offered a job or been selected by a province, they will also be required to register with Canada’s job bank. Express Entry will not apply to short-term programs for low-skilled workers, such as the Temporary Foreign Worker Program.
2. All candidates in the pool will be automatically assigned a numerical score and ranked based on their age, skills, education and experience. There will be two tiers of candidates in the pool: those who have a job offer or provincial nomination in hand, and those who do not.
3. The government will “draw” candidates from the pool roughly every two weeks based exclusively on numerical score. The cutoff will vary depending on the government’s immigration targets for skilled workers, but the lowest score to make the cutoff will be published each time. Those drawn from the pool will be invited to apply for permanent residence. Those who have job offers or who have been selected by a province will always be invited to apply. The first such draw will take place at the end of January.
Employers and provinces will be able to view profiles of job seekers though the Canada Job Bank or Express Entry. Employers will be required to first obtain a Labour Market Impact Assessment from the government as an assurance that there are no qualified Canadians available to fill the vacancy.
Reaction from groups in B.C. who represent employers has been largely positive. Richard Truscott, of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business, called Express Entry a “very positive development” but expressed dissatisfaction at the fact that it is only available for highly skilled workers.
Source: Vancouver Sun