Durham Economic Prosperity Committee

New Express Entry Immigration System Launches In January 2015

What Employers Need to Know

December 12, 2014—Express Entry is a new system which will speed up the processing times of economic immigrants' applications. For example, processing times for regular Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) nominations will be reduced from 11 months currently to 6 months or less under Express Entry, in 80% of cases. Candidates with a provincial nomination or a valid job offer (supported by a Labour Market Impact Assessment) will be ranked much higher in a new ranking system that Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) will use to invite candidates to apply for permanent residency.

The Express Entry system will apply to four programs:

1. Federal Skilled Worker Program;

2. Federal Skilled Trades Program;

3. Canadian Experience Class (which manages the transition of temporary foreign workers and international students to permanent residency status); and

4. some of the Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs).

Here are some points for employers to keep in mind about Express Entry if they are considering recruiting foreign nationals for positions in Canada:

1. Labour Market Impact Assessments (LMIAs) are required to validate job offers. Those valid job offers then trigger invitations to candidates to apply for permanent residency.

2. There will no longer be a Priority Occupations List for the Federal Skilled Worker Program. The Ministerial Instructions on priority occupations will be repealed.

3. The Job Bank matching system – which is the only way employers will see Express Entry candidates they have not previously identified – will be "somewhat delayed" beyond the January 2015 launch of the Express Entry system.

4. Temporary Foreign Workers should apply within 5 months (or more) of the expiry of their work permit if they want to become a permanent resident.

5. The PNPs remain untouched, but Express Entry provides another avenue for additions to the provinces’ nominations if they choose to use the system.

A practical explanation of how the system will work is in this presentation for employers: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/pdf/pub/employer-deck-fall14-en.pdf.

CIC will create an Employment Liaison Network to engage with employers after the launch. For further information, check out: www.canada.ca/ExpressEntry.

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