Canada’s Migration Program to Change in 2015. Are you Ready?

After conducting consultation with stakeholders all over Canada, the Citizenship and Immigration Canada believes changing the way potential migrants qualify for Canadian permanent residency – through the Expression of Interest (EOI) program - is ready for implementation in 2015.

That’s less than a year from now. The question is, “Are you ready?”

The critical factor that the consultation with Canadians deal with employment. 

Why?  The consultation results show that “having a job is the best path to economic integration. EOI will select immigrants based on the skills Canadian employers need and, in turn, should they pursue citizenship, they will be welcomed as equal members of the Canadian family.”

A job offer is a virtual requirement to qualify for permanent residency through EOI, a program that first started in New Zealand, and adopted by Australia.

It is envisioned that starting  January 2015, “the EOI system will help switch from passive processing of applications in the order we get them to a prioritized system that gets in-demand people with the skills to succeed to Canada faster than ever before.”

EOI as envisioned for implementation will involve a two-step process.

  1. Prospective immigrants would indicate their interest in coming to Canada by providing information electronically about their skills, work experience and other attributes. Individuals who meet certain eligibility criteria will have their “expressions of interest” placed in a pool and ranked against others already in the pool.
  2. CIC would only invite the best candidates, including those with in-demand skills or with job offers, to apply for a visa. Expressions of interest that are not chosen after a period of time may be removed from the pool. As a result, application backlogs would not accumulate and processing times will be kept to a minimum.

While Canada will also consider other factors such as education, work experience and language ability – the greater emphasis would be “on the ever-changing needs of the Canadian labour market.”

Our experience and continuing advocacy in the Expression of Interest (EOI) programs of New Zealand (since the early 2000) and Australia (initiated in 2011) give us – Immigrant Visa Center -  the professional and processing edge you need to get your permanent residency to Canada going.

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