Attracting skilled immigrants – Preparing for the launch of Express Entry

Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander speaks about how, with the launch of Express Entry in 2015, Canada will be able to attract skilled immigrants who are most likely to succeed.

By, Citizenship and Immigration Canada

October 15, 2014 —Regina —Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander was in Regina today to deliver the keynote address at the Skilled Migration human resources conference. Alexander spoke to human resources professionals from across Canada about how, with the launch of Express Entry in 2015, Canada will be able to attract skilled immigrants who are most likely to succeed.

Express Entry will provide a faster and more effective way for skilled immigrants to start working in Canada permanently. It will transform the way the Government of Canada manages applications from four existing economic immigration programs: the Federal Skilled Worker Program, the Federal Skilled Trades Program, the Canadian Experience Class, and a portion of the Provincial Nominee Program. Through Express Entry, foreign nationals who meet the criteria for one of the federal immigration programs will be accepted into a pool of potential candidates. Employers in Canada will be able to consider Express Entry candidates who meet their needs when they cannot find a Canadian or permanent resident for the job. All Express Entry candidates invited to apply, including those who receive a valid job offer from an employer in Canada or a provincial/territorial nomination will have their application for permanent residence processed in six months or less.

For more information on Express Entry, please see www.canada.ca/ExpressEntry.

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