Canada's Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander celebrated the successful launch of Express Entry – a highly anticipated new application management system designed to get people with the skills to succeed in Canada's economy here faster than ever.
Starting January 1st, skilled workers who want to apply to Canada's key economic immigration programs are able to create an online profile and express their interest in coming to Canada permanently.
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 highest ranking skilled workers will be invited to apply for permanent residence and most will see their application processed in six months or less. The first invitations to apply will be issued during the last week of January. Provinces and Territories will be able to use the Express Entry system to select a portion of candidates for their Provincial Nominee Programs. Once candidates have been invited to apply for permanent residence they will need to complete the immigration process, which includes health and security checks. Complete applications will be processed in six months or less.
Canada has admitted more than 1.6 million new permanent residents since 2006, and will admit between 260,000 and 285,000 in 2015 alone. There are many reasons that the world's best and brightest choose Canada.