Express Entry or Expression of Interest
The Canadian government is forging ahead with a new immigration system that will
offer "express entry" to qualified immigrants starting in 2015 as a way to help
fill open jobs for which there are no available Canadian workers.
Express Entry, formerly known as Expression of Interest, will be "a swifter path
to Canada that will select immigrants based on the skills and attributes that
Canada needs based on those identified by government but also by employers.
Under Canada's new immigration system, which would come into effect on Jan. 1,
2015, prospective immigrants would apply to express their interest in coming to
Canada. In doing so, they would answer a series of questions about their
professional skills, their education, languages spoken, etc.
Those applicants would then see their skills matched with labour needs
identified by the provinces and territories, as well as employers.
In those instances where "a match" has been identified, Express Entry could be
offered to anyone who has put in an application through one of the following
Under the new program:
- Federal skilled workers.
- Federal skilled trades.
- Canadian experience class.
- Business class.
- Canada will be able to select "the best candidates" who are most likely to
achieve success in Canada, "rather than the first person in line."
- An improved Job Bank will make it easier to find matches between Canadian
employers and Express Entry candidates.
- The government will invest $14 million over two years and $4.7 million per
year ongoing to ensuring the successful implementation of Express Entry.
- Qualified applicants can expect faster processing times of six months or less
when invited to come to Canada, down from a wait of up to two years.