Much like before, Canada continues to top the chart of leading immigration destinations and baiting a number of skilled immigrants from across the globe to fill the numerous job openings. In 2015, Canada has set a milestone to welcome new permanent residents between 260,000 and 285,000 and the country is also facing chronic skill shortages in various sectors. Thus, to address the skill shortages and to meet the targets of immigration the Citizenship and Immigration Canada has introduced a new system entitled as Canada Express Entry system, which has already commenced its operations on 1 January 2015.
Canada Express Entry process
The new Canada Immigration system has transformed the entire immigration system into a swifter one than ever before. In the newly launched Express Entry System, permanent residency visa applications are managed under federal economic immigration programs. In the Express Entry system prospective applicants needs to create an online profile to meet the require criteria and enter into the pool. Once, they placed into the pool they will be ranked based on the points system—Comprehensive Ranking System, where applicants will be awarded up to 1200 points depending on certain skills.
Significance of Canada Provincial Nomination Program in Express Entry System
Out of 1200 points, half of points i.e. 600 points are awarded for the factors relating to a provincial nomination or a valid job offer from an employer. Canada is a land of multiple provinces and each province has implemented its own Canada PNP, each with its individual criteria to bring in skilled immigrants to Canada. With the launch of new system, even provincial governments all over Canada pick best candidates, who are thereafter invited by Canadian government to apply for Canada PR. Usually, Canada Provincial Nomination Program, are broadly viewed as an expedited option for numerous foreign citizens to acquire Canadian permanent residency. Under the Canada Express Entry system, provinces play a crucial role. Besides the existing Canada PNP programs obtainable via Canadian territories and provinces, at present, the provinces Manitoba, Nova Scotia, British Columbia, Newfoundland and Labrador and Saskatchewan, have launched Express Entry Category that matches federal Express Entry System. From the pool of Canada Express entry, participating provinces can pick between 500 to 1,000 applicants for nomination for their respective province each year. Successfully nominated candidates in the Express Entry pool will get an additional 600 points, which would be helpful to increase their chances of receiving an Invitation to Apply for Canada permanent residence.
Provinces that follows Express Entry System
The following are the provinces that follow Canada Express Entry system to pick skilled immigrants for Canada Skilled immigration and offer PR status.
In 2015, Manitoba will be able to nominate up to 500 applicants via Canada Express Entry. These candidates must also meet necessary requirements of Canada Express Entry.
Nova Scotia launched new immigration stream entitled as Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry stream. Under the new stream 350 new provincial immigration nominations were added, bringing over all Nova Scotia’s nomination total to 1,050 in 2015, rise from 700 in the previous year. The province will use Canada Express Entry, for this stream. However, to get qualified for the new Canada Immigration system they must meet the criteria any of the economic Canada Skilled immigration programs. Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry is a pilot program in 2015, substituting the Regional Labor Market Demand stream.
A new stream has been added to the British Columbia’s Canada Provincial Nominee Program entitled as Express Entry British Columbia. This new stream allows Canada PNP to utilize CIC’s Express Entry system to fulfill the provinces specific labor market needs.
At present there are 3 new categories under the Express Entry British Columbia stream.
Newfoundland and Labrador
Newfoundland and Labrador has announced criteria for its new Newfoundland and Labrador Express Entry Skilled Worker category in January, 2015, and started applications intake. The NL Express Entry Skilled Worker category will allow Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Nominee Program (NLPNP) to nominate applicants via federal Express Entry selection system.
Saskatchewan holds a total of 5,500 immigration nominations in 2015, recently an extra 775 applications are added 16% more when compared to the previous year.
Candidates must seek invitation from aforesaid provinces, in order to migrate to Canada successfully under Express Entry system.