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TORONTO: Canada on January 1 launched its Express Entry immigration to program bring skilled immigrants into the country within six months or so.
Under the program, skilled workers wishing to emigrate to Canada can apply online by creating their profile and expressing their interest in coming to Canada permanently. There is no limit on the number of applications and there is also no time limit to apply.
Those who apply will be kept in a pool of candidates for immigration to Canada. Applicants in the pool will be assessed on a number of creteria. Basically, the applicants’ skills will be matched with requirements of Canada’s employers. The highest ranking will be picked up and those picked up will have 60 days fill up their immigration papers. Their immigration will be super fast and they will be in Canada within six months or so.
Draws will be held regularly to pick up candidates. and then invite them to apply for immigration to Canada. The Express Entry process is so quick that the first draw to pick up candidates will take place in the last week of this January. So hurry up. Those who are picked up by the first draw at the end of January will be in Canada as permanent resident by July-August this year (2015).
A statement from Citizenship and Immigration Canada says, “Candidates who meet the minimum criteria will be accepted into the pool and will be ranked according to various factors. These include language proficiency, education and work experience. Each is a leading indicator of one’s likelihood of integrating fully and quickly into Canada’s economy and Canadian society.’’
The Express Entry program makes the job immigration authorities easier as they have to process applications of those whose skilled are required by Canadian employers.
Launching the program in Ottawa, Canadian immigration minister Chris Alexander said, “Successful Express Entry candidates will be able to hit the ground running and start contributing to our communities, labour market and economy more quickly than ever before.”
The minister added, “Express Entry will help eliminate long wait times and get eligible skilled foreign nationals to Canada in six months or less.’’