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TORONTO: Canada on Tuesday announced a new category to recruit skilled immigrants for meeting labour shortages.
To be called Express Entry, it will start from January 2015 and allow recruitment of skilled immigrants to fill jobs for which there are no Canadians available.
Express Entry will be open to skilled immigrants and 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, said Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander.
But the candidates will have to get a job offer from a Canadian employer or nomination under the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) from any province in Canada. A candidate can get nomination if his skills fit what employers require. Once he is in Canada under nomination, Job Bank will help facilitate matches between him and Canadian employers.
Once selected, their applications will be processed within six months.
The minister said, “Express Entry will help fill open jobs for which there are no available Canadian workers.’’
He said, “Express Entry is a major step forward in the transformation of Canada’s immigration system into one that is fast, flexible and focused on meeting Canada’s economic and labour needs.’’