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This in essence is what Canada’s new immigration program promises starting January 2015.
Called Express Entry, the new electronic system intends to “manage applications for permanent residence in certain economic programs. Canada needs high levels of immigration to meet current and future labour market needs, which will ensure …economic growth and long-term prosperity.”
The Philippines was the top source country of immigrants to Canada two years in a row: 36,580 in 2010 and 34,911 in 2011, moving down to second spot last year with 32,747 permanent resident visas issued.
The most popular migration route – the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSW) – lists the 50 priority occupations that Canada needs. This is the last time a list would be published until Express Entry becomes operative next year. The overall cap under FSW is 25,500 with a limit of 1,000 per occupation.
After being removed for two years, registered nurses are back on the list. This time even nursing coordinators, supervisors and licensed practical nurses are included.
Similar to Australia’s SkillSelect program and New Zealand’s Expression of Interest scheme, Express Entry will allow employers as well as provinces and territories of Canada to “actively recruit, assess and select skilled immigrants” under the three most popular economic immigration programs.
|The Express Entry system involves two steps:|
Applicants who do not receive invitations for permanent residency after 12 months may resubmit their profile and re-enter the pool if they meet the existing criteria. This cut-off and resubmission provision is aimed at preventing backlogs, ensure quick processing times and allow Canada to tailor its migration program to the country’s economic conditions and priorities.
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