Minister urges employers to use Express Entry

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One government minister has urged employers to include the new Express Entry immigration program in their HR strategies – saying it offers access to highly-skilled and highly sought-after applicants.

“If you can’t find a Canadian to do the job, you can come to us and apply for a Labour Market Impact Assessment and recruit someone through Express Entry to come as an immigrant,” Chris Alexander said Friday, at an event hosted by the Economic Club of Canada.

Arduous process

The minister for immigration and citizenship acknowledged that the process for obtaining a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) can be a tedious one but insisted it was worth it for a “higher calibre of immigrant.”

The new program, which was launched by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) this January, has no cap on the number of applicants who can complete online profiles about their age, education, language skills and work experience.

The highest-ranking applicants who meet the criteria for one of four specific federal economic immigration programs get into the Express Entry pool – the four programs are the Federal Skilled Worker Program, the Federal Skilled Trades Program, the Canadian Experience Class and a portion of the Provincial Nominee Program.

Successful applicants then receive an invitation from CIC to apply for permanent residence – since January, approximately 11,000 have been sent out.

The new program runs parallel to the traditional permanent residence program, which takes 12 to 14 months to process applications – CIC expects that by 2017, most economic immigrants will have entered via express Entry.

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  • sonia kuriakose on 2015-06-23 12:47:53 PM

    Respected sir,
    I would like to know whether this express entry program was stopped temporarily. . I hope to give reply soon. Thank in you

  • vipul on 2015-06-24 5:52:24 AM

    No sonia nothing like that

  • vipul on 2015-06-24 5:52:40 AM


  • Richard Roy on 2015-06-25 3:34:13 PM

    With 400,000 unemployed or underemployed young people I don't see the need for foreign workers

  • Richard Roy on 2015-06-25 3:36:08 PM

    With 400,000 unemployed or underemployed young people I don't see the for temporary foreign workers.

  • concerned one on 2015-06-29 4:24:33 PM

    Richard Roy do you know why 400k are unemployed? just restricting foreign workers is not a way to get these 400k a job. If these 400k do not have the skills required for the job they will remain unemployed even after you restrict foreign workers but in that case you will create more problems for economy restricting foreign workers. if you dont match skills with the job requirement you will have mechanic working as a doctor as there is shortage of doctors but 400k mechanics are unemployed.

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