What the Express Entry System Means for Immigrants Already in Canada?

Canada-Express-Entry-ProgramThe Express Entry electronic immigration system allows Canadian employers to find skilled workers via an eligible pool of applicants. Express Entry has already revolutionized Canada’s immigration system, and was mainly brought into place to address the country’s labor shortages.

The new system means that eligible candidates who wish to immigrate to Canada are placed in a pool and given points based on their age, education level, work experience and whether they have a spouse or common-law partner. They are then ranked using the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS), where they will be given a significant points boost if they receive a job offer or provincial nomination. This is also great news for eligible candidates who receive job offers or provincial nominations because their application will be fast-tracked.

Sonia Lesage, a spokesperson for Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) said that Express Entry will offer a faster and more effective way to help skilled international workers connect with Canadian employers. It will also allow the government of Canada to be more flexible and responsive to Canada’s changing economic conditions and priorities. However, the big question is what the express entry 2015 means for immigrants already in Canada.

What the Express Entry Means for Immigrants in Canada

Not everyone sees this new generation of highly skilled immigrants as a good thing – previous immigrants to Canada may find that the latest wave of ‘cherry-picked’ immigrants with higher language proficiency, better qualifications and longer work experience to be a threat to their own interests.

Sergio Karas, a Toronto-based immigration lawyer, spoke of the tougher competition current immigrants may face: “The immigrants who are currently here, who came here in the last 10 years and who have not been able to find their footing in Canada, will have a very tough time because now they will have all these new foreign graduates who may have either worked or studied in Canada competing against them.”

His views are backed up by a recent Ipsos Reid study, commissioned by CIC last year, which highlights the fact that newcomers to Canada are not incredibly enthusiastic about the new wave of immigrants.

The study stated: “A number of participants wondered why the government was focusing on those who have yet to immigrate to Canada rather than those who have already immigrated.”

In fact, those that took part in the study claimed they had been “frustrated by the lack of recognition of their credentials and their inability to acquire a sufficient amount of Canadian experience.”

However, just because immigrants may arrive in Canada with a job does not necessarily mean they will become more successful than previous immigrants in the long-term, according to Jeffrey Reitz from the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs.

A “game-changer”

It may be too early to tell how Express Entry will impact Canadian immigration, but the new system has already been hailed as an improvement in terms of efficiency and giving more control to Canadian employers. However, this could also forever change all aspects of the selection process in regards to countries of origin and also skill levels for Canadian Immigrants.

Reitz said: “Employers favoring immigrants from certain backgrounds is certainly going to create the possibility for cultural biases in immigrant selection. He added that instead of suiting personal preferences of employers, we should be looking for economic immigrants who will be able to contribute and benefit the country as a whole.

How the Express Entry Affects International Students

International students have also expressed concern about Express Entry, as under the new system, there will no longer be a guarantee that they will be invited to apply for permanent residency.

As for how Express Entry will work out for current immigrants and new applicants wishing to immigrate to Canada, it’s really a case of watching and waiting. However, immigration lawyers, policy analysts, academics and those working with newcomers all seem to agree on one thing: the new system is certainly a game-changer for the country.

Are you Interested in Applying for Express Entry?

In order to get an invitation to apply for permanent residence, you have to be selected from a pool of highly qualified applicants. Our job is to make you STAND OUT from the crowd. We will assess your case, highlight the best aspects of your application, and make sure that the government notices you! This way, your chances of getting an invitation are maximized.

Call us today for an assessment to see if you are eligible for Express Entry to Canada, or fill out our online assessment form.


Michael Niren

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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