In order to benefit the country’s economy, Canada will move to recruit international talent more actively from 2015. According to the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Canada, Chris Alexander, the new model is an important step in the transformation of current canadian immigration system in a faster and more flexible system, with a focus on meeting the economic needs and market in Canada.
The Express Entry (EE), previously called Expression of Interest (EOI), will allow Canada to fill jobs for which there are no Canadian professionals available. The EE candidates who receive a job offer or provincial valid indication through the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP), will be invited to apply for permanent residence in Canada quickly.
The EE will give priority to the most qualified candidates for the jobs available, regardless of who signed up first. The new format is intended to clear the backlog in the processing of applications for residence, bringing to Canada the anticipated number of workers, and offer residence cards within 6 months for selected candidates. Once approved by the EE, applicants may apply for permanent residence through the following programs: Federal Skilled Worker Program, Federal Skilled Trades Program, Canadian Experience Class, and a part of the Provincial Nominee Program.
According to Alexander minister, “the Express Entry program will completely change the landscape of immigration and Canadian economy to revolutionize how the country attracts skilled immigrants and allowing them to enter the job market faster. Our government is actively involved with employers and provincial and territorial partners to launch the Express Entry program, in January 2015, is a success. ”
Effective May 1, 2014, the FSW will be accepting an overall total of 25,000 new applications. Applicants must have at least one year of work experience in one of 50 eligible occupations. A maximum of 1,000 applications will be accepted per eligible occupation.
Applicants under the FSW program will be assessed according to the same criteria as 2013. Applicants are assessed on a points grid that takes into account important factors such as education, language skills, work experience, age, and adaptability to Canada. All applicants must meet minimum language requirements in either English or French.
To prepare for the launch of Express Entry in 2015, Citizenship and Immigration Canada will begin accepting applications under new caps for the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP) and Canadian Experience Class (CEC), starting May 1, 2014. These measures will ensure a steady supply of skilled workers who are settling in Canada permanently and helping to supplement the Canadian workforce in areas where there are skills shortages.
With the FSWP backlog on track for elimination this year, a new cap of 25,000 applications will provide the appropriate number of applications to support expected admissions in 2015. The list of eligible occupations – reflecting the latest labour market needs – will be more than doubled, from 24 to 50 occupations
The CEC cap will be re-set at 8,000 applications, as of May 1, 2014, to cover the transition period leading up to Express Entry.
So the bottom line is the program will start taking applications May 1, 2014. Only take 1000 per occupation, among 50 occupations. They will not process it until January 2015 and at that time they will choose the best who will be processed further.
The eligible occupations include many widely practiced professions. They are as follows:
- Senior managers – financial, communications and other business services (NOC 0013)
- Senior managers – trade, broadcasting and other services, n.e.c. (0015)
- Financial managers (0111)
- Human resources managers (0112)
- Purchasing managers (0113)
- Insurance, real estate and financial brokerage managers (0121)
- Managers in health care (0311)
- Construction managers (0711)
- Home building and renovation managers (0712)
- Managers in natural resources production and fishing (0811)
- Manufacturing managers (0911)
- Financial auditors and accountants (1111)
- Financial and investment analysts (1112)
- Securities agents, investment dealers and brokers (1113)
- Other financial officers (1114)
- Supervisors, finance and insurance office workers (1212)
- Property administrators (1224)
- Geoscientists and oceanographers (2113)
- Civil engineers (2131)
- Mechanical engineers (2132)
- Electrical and electronics engineers (2133)
- Petroleum engineers (2145)
- Information systems analysts and consultants (2171)
- Database analysts and data administrators (2172)
- Software engineers and designers (2173)
- Computer programmers and interactive media developers (2174)
- Mechanical engineering technologists and technicians (2232)
- Construction estimators (2234)
- Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians (2241)
- Industrial instrument technicians and mechanics (2243)
- Inspectors in public and environmental health and occupational health and safety (2263)
- Computer network technicians (2281)
- Nursing co-ordinators and supervisors (3011)
- Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses (3012)
- Specialist physicians (3111)
- General practitioners and family physicians (3112)
- Dietitians and nutritionists (3132)
- Audiologists and speech-language pathologists (3141)
- Physiotherapists (3142)
- Occupational therapists (3143)
- Respiratory therapists, clinical perfusionists and cardiopulmonary technologists (3214)
- Medical radiation technologists (3215)
- Medical sonographers (3216)
- Licensed practical nurses (3233)
- Paramedical occupations (3234)
- University professors and lecturers (4011)
- Psychologists (4151)
- Early childhood educators and assistants (4214)
- Translators, terminologists and interpreters (5125)
- Professional occupations in advertising, marketing and public relations (1123)