Out with the old, in with the new

December 31st, 2014

It is fitting that the Canadian government has chosen the first day of a new year for the launch of the Express Entry immigration selection system.

Gone are the days when most economic immigrants were selected by a supply-driven, first-in first-out system. That has been replaced by a shiny new demand-driven expression of interest model named Express Entry that aims to issue Canadian permanent resident visas within six months of submitting a full application.

Like it or dislike it, it doesn’t matter. Express Entry is here and knowing how you can make it work to your advantage is key to maximizing your chances for a successful application.

On the surface, the Express Entry process looks simple enough. First you upload your profile on the Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) portal and if you meet the requirements of one of three federal immigration programs you will be admitted to the Express Entry pool. Once in, you will be ranked against all the other candidates in the pool and if you rank high enough you will receive an invitation to apply for permanent residence.

As we all know, looks can sometimes be deceiving. The Express Entry system is in fact somewhat more complicated than it looks. Much goes on behind the scenes and there are a lot of moving targets. For example, profiles are not static. Your comprehensive ranking score may increase or decrease over time. Besides, the make-up of the pool varies with each new entrant and after each selection draw. Fishing in the pool will be the federal and most provincial/territorial governments, as well as employers. Each of them holds tickets to Canada. How to appeal to one with alienating the others?

In time, the Express Entry system will not seem so mysterious. We can begin to demystify the process by highlighting certain misconceptions about Express Entry. Last month, CICnews published an excellent article on this very subject. Click here to read ‘Express Entry: Ten Misconceptions’.

Lastly, I would like to wish all of you a happy and healthy New Year. I look forward to continuing my blog in 2015.


 
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17 Responses to “Out with the old, in with the new”

  • On January 1st, 2015, Anonymous said ...

    Sir,how about the applicants who submitted their PR application last year and received their file number,others are done with their medical too are still waiting for answers and results,if any!!

  • On January 1st, 2015, sahal abdillahi youssouf said ...

    i want to immigrate canada because it is the best country that i always repeat her name so i like very very more canada

  • On January 2nd, 2015, Anonymous said ...

    Nice programme for the people

  • On January 3rd, 2015, Salma Tanveer said ...

    its good to have a new opportunity

  • On January 3rd, 2015, Mohammed Musema Bedewi said ...

    Hello:
    I was thinking about the new Express Intery and I get full information fron Attorny David Cohen.Thank you!

  • On January 7th, 2015, Salma Tanveer said ...

    it’s good to have a new opportunity.

  • On January 7th, 2015, Matt said ...

    Useful article thank you and Happy New Year.

  • On January 8th, 2015, Jonathan said ...

    Happy new year to you too David!

    Lets hope the Express Entry so does express things up!

  • On January 13th, 2015, Mansoor said ...

    thanks sir i want to work in your country
    happy new year for you too

  • On January 15th, 2015, tsegaye said ...

    though it is late, happy new year

  • On January 21st, 2015, Anonymous said ...

    I pray it favours me

  • On January 21st, 2015, Anonymous said ...

    i would like to understand better on how to apply for express entry

  • On January 21st, 2015, ANYENE MBOLE NJOUME said ...

    HOPE TO BE THE BLESSED CANDIDATE.HAPPY NEW TO YOU TOO

  • On January 21st, 2015, Anonymous said ...

    How about the applicant who submitted there application on 2012 and until now still waiting the decision made.

  • On January 23rd, 2015, Anonymous said ...

    Cohen, this sounds great and very impressive.

  • On January 28th, 2015, narayan bhandari said ...

    I was thinking about the new Express Intery and I get full information fron Attorny David Cohen.Thank you!

  • On July 14th, 2015, A Sterling said ...

    Great post David – Express entry does seem confusing despite what the name may suggest, although things are becoming clearer as the policies are now being enacted in full.

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