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Express Entry - Launch date Jan 2015

I just attended a webinar on Express Entry ("EE") to get a few more details about the changes coming to our economic immigration system in 2015.

There are still a lot of details yet to come!

EE is being touted as a "triage" system, rather than new "program". As such, applications are no longer dealt with as "first come, first served". 

The EE system will consist of the following steps:

  1. Interested applicants can create an online EE profile. In doing so, they will be asked questions about their skills, work experience, language ability, education, and other details. Based on their answers, they will be given points and "ranked" among others who have created similar profiles. Official language tests and educational credential assessments will be required for all applicants. 
  2. Based on the above profiles and rankings, applicants will receive "invitations" to apply.
  3. Once a person receives an invitation, they must file their application (also online) within 60 days.
  4. Their applications are processed against the existing criterias under one of the existing economic classes - Federal Skilled Worker (FSW), Federal Skilled Trades (FST), Canadian Experience Class (CEC), Provincial Nominee Program (PNP)
  5. It is expected that the majority of applications will be processed within 6 months of being filed
There will no longer be a list of occupations that are eligible / ineligible as currently exists under the FSW and CEC classes. 

There are no fees to apply/create a profile and express entry. Qu├ębec is not part of the express entry. Nunavut's PNP is not participating in express entry

There are 3 ways to receive an invitation:
  1. to have a job offer
  2. to have a nomination from a Province
  3. to have a score that is a sufficiently high without having the above two, which ranks you at the top of the pool resulting in an invitation

There is no details yet available on the ranking system or how points are awarded. This information will be made available close to the launch date.  Candidates will be able to see their own ranking score on EE but they will not be able to see where they rank within the pool. However, they will be told what the lowest score was of the person selected in the last draw, who did not have a job offer or a nomination. This will allow the candidate to self-assess to determine if they are close enough to possibly being selected without a job offer or nomination.

Job bank will be updated quite drastically. It is supposed to become more user-friendly to both candidates and employers. There will be security enhancements and more up-to-date labor market information available.

Finally, it is unclear is how often there will be draws from the pool…

Stay tuned as I'm sure there will be more to come!


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