Not So Fast

December 3rd, 2014

January 1, 2015 will see the start of the new Express Entry selection system that will priority process the permanent resident applications for the most desirable economic immigrants.

Express Entry is the result of years of tinkering by Citizenship and Immigration Canada, under a Conservative government that is determined to see Canada come out ahead in the global competition for top-tier foreign talent.

Some, like the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, are in favour of the new selection system for the central role that employers can play. While not everyone who receives an invitation to apply under Express Entry will have a validated Canadian job offer, virtually everyone with a validated job offer will receive an invitation to apply.

Others, like some professors at Ryerson University, decry the coming selection model as one that mainly serves employers and for its lack of transparency. They call it a throwback to the Railway Act of 1925, which gave Canada’s two railways pretty much full sway over immigration policy.

No matter the side we’re on, there is a common issue that merits more discussion. I am referring to the concept of program integrity, or in other words, the ability of the new immigration selection system to thwart the inevitable fraudulent attacks that are sure to come.

Let’s put this in some perspective. A validated Canadian job offer in a skilled position is a ticket to permanent residence. In similar circumstances under the U.S. immigration selection system, would-be immigrants are paying middlemen upwards of $50,000 for a job that comes with a U.S. Green Card. Should we expect anything different?

People in this industry know very well that immigration and fraud go hand-in-hand, notwithstanding government efforts to crack down on perpetrators. Sure, we can have laws on the books in Canada, but they are of no use in the countries where money exchanges hands.

As the name implies, Express Entry means just that. Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) is aiming to issue permanent resident visas to invited candidates within six months of receiving a completed electronic application. Few candidates are ever interviewed. From a program integrity and security perspective, that worries me. I understand that big and small businesses want their labour here quickly, but at what cost to the rest of us?

There is a need for rigorous anti-fraud protocols as part of the new immigration selection system, and I, along with most Canadians, would like to hear more about that from the people in charge.


 
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17 Responses to “Not So Fast”

  • On December 4th, 2014, Ergetew Temeche Molla said ...

    I happy to see this news but I can’t get any fruitfull information that can assist me how to enter or get a citizenship from Canada.

  • On December 4th, 2014, Masud said ...

    should an applicant still require 67 point for application.If so, whether the applicant will get point out of job offer

  • On December 4th, 2014, Dipak patel said ...

    These are good new for who want to setteled in canada.

  • On December 4th, 2014, ikeji newman said ...

    thanks.

  • On December 4th, 2014, Anonymous said ...

    Completely agree about the increased incentive for fraud. Not just for the “purchase” of permanent residence, but the fleecing of desperate would-be immigrants. We’re already seeing forum postings about “consultants” offering jobs w/permanent residence in India for 20K – “are they legitimate?” questions. The uttler lack of transparency – the fact that candidates invited to apply will be hand-picked (despite the veneer of objectivity provided by the comprehensive ranking system).

  • On December 5th, 2014, charnjeet jaura said ...

    Applying for permanent residency only

  • On December 5th, 2014, saeed said ...

    Completely agree with above anonymous but you can’t paint everyone with one brush. I live in UK and know many young many young graduates want to move in Canada because UK is struggling with its shortage of land and increasing population. You should have confidence in your departments and policies and try your best to get the best from the whole wide world by bearing in mind 5 % error margin is accepted if you achieve what you want to achieve.

  • On December 5th, 2014, Mme Ghanou Kheira said ...

    Bonjour Mr David Cohen’ c’est super magnifique’ le programme m’encourage sur la candidature, mais est ce qu’il est possible de s’inscrire et d’avoir une invitation à s’ appliquer après votre dernière réponse à moi?.

  • On December 6th, 2014, Anonymous said ...

    i recognize the underlying need of higher security and monitoring concerns. What can i contribute and how can i follow up, as concerned citizen.

    I highly suggest for such issues and opinions which are much needed, there should be references and possible solution devised for the readers who can increase their awareness and possibly participate or follow up the outcome of such programs. Such references and devised course of action for change or follow up will make the readers more informed inform but more active ones too.

    Thank you.

  • On December 6th, 2014, Anonymous said ...

    i recognize the underlying need of higher security and monitoring concerns. What can i contribute and how can i follow up, as concerned citizen.

    I highly suggest for such issues and opinions which are much needed, there should be references and possible solution devised for the readers who can increase their awareness and possibly participate or follow up the outcome of such programs.

    Such references and devised course of action for change or follow up will make the readers more informed and also give opportunity to become more active ones too.

    Thank you.

  • On December 7th, 2014, DAYA said ...

    I
    Hello,I am a Medical Imaging Technician, my wife is a Physical Education teacher,my teenage daughter just got first prize in Mathematics and P.E.My son is studying Design and Technology.Considering all the initial costs involved for moving and settling in Canada,I am having second thoughts as,in my opinion, there are not enough incentives to attract professionals and their families.Canada is a very beautiful country though.

  • On December 7th, 2014, Anonymous said ...

    Thank you for informacion mr. David

  • On December 16th, 2014, Anonymous said ...

    It is better to stop the immigration process for good, than bring such wide-eyed schemes with possibilities of inhumane toll on foreign pursuant’s and offer only temporary work permits for foreigners, while opening (free-partial payment fees structure) low-high skill trade schools for the citizens, provide equivalent educational certificates to those who have work/training experience in their particular areas. I would like to see how many of this applicants will get through this system(some to save the face of the new system), the rest will be like people who are rich and qualified beyond levels of the current Canadian citizens. In my opinion it is better to run a lottery for PR for the express entry pool weekly.

  • On December 17th, 2014, Higher study in Canada University said ...

    You are sharing very effective information on this blog which is very useful to me and others. We are also providing a Visa and migration for Canada country..

  • On December 18th, 2014, Andrew Smith said ...

    I appreciate you blog.. very informative information.

  • On December 27th, 2014, Suzanne said ...

    From what I hear, the Conservative government has really tightening the screws fro those looking to make Canada their permanent home, while ramping up a very questionable guest worker program. While this will improve things, there is much room for improvement in their policies…

  • On May 22nd, 2015, Maddy said ...

    so where does this help someone like my brother who came into this country when he was 11 months old as a independent refugee and now he is up for deportation after 40 years in Canada. there is a lot more to this story and none of these changes in our immigration laws are benefitting him at all.

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