The New ‘Expression of Interest’ System for Foreign Skilled Workers
As recently reported in The Economic Times – The skilled workers program will go from “passive processing to active recruitment” according to immigration minister Chris Alexander come January of 2015. The qualified and skilled will be given a fast track to Canada thanks to the ‘Expression of Interest’ system. “Under the new system, some of the skilled successful applicants in the economic and business immigrant categories could get their papers processed in as little time as six months.”
Understanding the ‘Expression of Interest’ System
With the new system, applicants will be able to submit an ‘expression of interest’ to the Canadian government. With their resumes and details entered into a database, employers wishing to hire foreign skilled workers will have access to the database, which in turn will allow them to locate suitable candidates.
If a Canadian employer cannot find Canadians to fill a position, they will now have the option of going online to the Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) database of applicants and look for qualified candidates to fill the respective roles. “Those with job offers will get priority when it comes to invitation to apply for permanent residence in Canada,” Chris Alexander explained.
The Potential Downside to the System
Of course with all change some may be left to feel jilted. For once the new system is implemented; those candidates who are not chosen stand the risk of having their profiles removed from the database. According to CIC, this will “allow the government to select the best candidates who are most likely to succeed in Canada rather than those who happen to be first in line”.
We will report more on this and other related immigration stories as the information becomes available.
Are You Interested in Applying Through the Expression of Interest System?
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About Michael Niren
Michael is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Association’s Citizenship and Immigration Section and the Associate Member of the American Bar Association. Read more
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