Out with the old, in with the new
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 That has been replaced by a shiny new demand-driven expression of interest model named Express Entry that aims to issue Canadian permanent resident visas within six months of submitting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.