The Canadian government began recruiting in 50 separate occupations back in May in order to prepare for the launch of the highly anticipated Express Entry program at the start of next year.
The new program is set to offer skilled immigrants a means of gaining express entry as permanent residents to work in jobs where there is a considerable shortage of Canadian workers.
According to the government, the express entry program will make up for shortcomings in the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (FSWP), and help to ensure that skilled and specialist workers can settle comfortably in the country in order to catch up with the country’s growing labour demand.
According to Immigration Minister Chris Alexander, the new program has become a “top priority” for his department, and will launch on January 1.
Skilled immigrants could benefit from express entry having applied via the FSWP, and the Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP), along with the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) and also via a section of the Provincial Nominee Program.
On May 1, the Canadian government started accepting 25,000 applications under the FSWP, a significant increase from last year’s 5,000 applications.
In other great news, the number of professions that are eligible for immigrants to apply for has also been doubled. The country is now actively recruiting skilled immigrants for the FSWP for the 50 occupations below: (via CBC News)
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