Last Updated on January 24, 2019
Indians top the list of nationals that apply for Canada immigration through the Express Entry system, according to Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC).
CIC distinguishes between country of residence and country of origin. Among the countries of residence, the UAE ranked 9th as countries where most applicants lived at time of submitting their application.
Since January 2015 the federal immigration system of Canada has been streamlined under a single scheme: the Express Entry system.
Although applying through provincial programs is still possible, the Express Entry immigration system is the most popular and only entry possible at the federal level. CIC recently released its mid-year report, indicating how applicants fared under the new scheme.
As of July 6, 2015, the number one country of origin among applicants this year was India, accounting for 20.8 per cent of the files submitted. Second came Americans, followed by Filipinos, Britons, Irish and Chinese applicants.
Looking at the country of residence, the UAE appears on the list as the 9th most common country of residence among applicants. Surprisingly, the country topping the list is Canada itself.
The vast majority of these candidates was working in Canada, was familiar with Canada’s immigration system and was able to submit a profile quickly.
The high number of applicants already in Canada had entered Canada on previous streams, such as international student programs. In order to remain in Canada, these applicants must now apply through the Express Entry system. Due to the high number of points awarded to applicants with a job offer and additional Canada experience, these candidates have proven to be successful.
The Express Entry system functions as an application bank where potential candidates are ranked according to points awarded for personal and professional qualifications.
The Canadian government, provinces and employers, are able to select the candidates that are most likely to succeed under the new system.
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