Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander confirmed it’s one month and counting until Express Entry launches a new phase of active immigration recruitment to meet economic and labour market needs. Potential candidates can create their profile on January 1st, 2015, with the first Invitations to Apply issued within weeks.
Express Entry will help select skilled immigrants based on their skills and experience. Those with valid job offers or provincial/territorial nominations will be picked first. Details published in the Canada Gazette explain how candidates will be ranked and selected, based on these factors that research shows are linked to success in the Canadian economy. Minister Alexander also highlighted that additional information was published on the CIC website to help potential immigrants and employers understand the new system, and to promote Canada as a destination of choice based on a strong economy, low taxes and job opportunities.
Express Entry will result in faster processing and will allow the Government of Canada to be more flexible and respond better to Canada’s changing labour market needs.
Express Entry will manage applications for three federal economic immigration programs: the Federal Skilled Worker Program, Federal Skilled Trades Program and the Canadian Experience Class.
Provinces and Territories will be able to use the Express Entry system to select a portion of candidates for their Provincial Nominee Programs.
Express Entry will launch at 12 noon EST January 1st, 2015. The first draw for an invitation to apply is scheduled for the last week of January.
Once candidates have been selected from the pool they will need to complete the immigration process, which includes health and security checks. Applications will be processed in six months or less.
“With the launch of Express Entry in January, our Government will build on our strong and proven record of helping immigrants succeed, and helping Canada’s economy thrive. Starting January 1st, we will be able to select the top economic immigrants who will contribute to our economy, labour market and communities.”
The following is a list of Eligible Occupations under the National Occupational Classification:
|Senior managers – financial, communications and other business services||17|
|0015||Senior managers – trade, broadcasting and other services, n.e.c.||53|
|0112||Human resources managers||201|
|0121||Insurance, real estate and financial brokerage managers||84|
|0311||Managers in health care||46|
|0712||Home building and renovation managers||10|
|0811||Managers in natural resources production and fishing|
|1111||Financial auditors and accountants||450|
|1112||Financial and investment analysts||1,000|
|1113||Securities agents, investment dealers and brokers||–|
|1114||Other financial officers||133|
|1123||Professional occupations in advertising, marketing and public relations||385|
|1212||Supervisors, finance and insurance office workers||164|
|2113||Geoscientists and oceanographers||45|
|2133||Electrical and electronics engineers||452|
|2171||Information systems analysts and consultants||1,000|
|2172||Database analysts and data administrators||172|
|2173||Software engineers and designers||1,000|
|2174||Computer programmers and interactive media developers||1,000|
|2232||Mechanical engineering technologists and technicians||25|
|2241||Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians|
|2243||Industrial instrument technicians and mechanics||40|
|2263||Inspectors in public and environmental health and occupational health and safety||147|
|2281||Computer network technicians||430|
|3011||Nursing co-ordinators and supervisors||14|
|3012||Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses||613|
|3112||General practitioners and family physicians||42|
|3132||Dietitians and nutritionists||15|
|3141||Audiologists and speech-language pathologists||6|
|3214||Respiratory therapists, clinical perfusionists and cardiopulmonary technologists||6|
|3215||Medical Radiation Technologists||10|
|3233||Licensed practical nurses||44|
|4011||University professors and lecturers||357|
|4214||Early childhood educators and assistants||57|
|5125||Translators, terminologists and interpreters|