Canadian Immigration Ready to Implement Expression of Interest System: Comments FWCanada

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In the annual report presented by the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Chris Alexander to parliament last Monday, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) announced that it would launch the Expression of Interest System (EOI) in 2015. The EOI system will enable Canadian employers to hire from a pool of prospective skilled immigrants who have expressed interest in coming to Canada.

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If the system generates wide-spread participation, it would benefit skilled immigrants since they can arrive in the country with employment offers as opposed to having to go through the lengthy process of seeking employment.

In the annual report presented by the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Chris Alexander to parliament on October 28, 2013, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) announced that it would launch the Expression of Interest System (EOI) in 2015. The EOI system will enable Canadian employers to hire from a pool of prospective skilled immigrants who have expressed interest in coming to Canada.

"An EOI system has the potential to make Canadian immigration more responsive to addressing the needs of the Canadian labour market," said Marisa Feil, supervising attorney at FWCanada. "If the system generates wide-spread participation, it would benefit skilled immigrants since they can arrive in the country with employment offers as opposed to having to go through the lengthy process of seeking employment."

The establishment of the EOI system was first brought up by Jason Kenney, former Minister of Citizenship, Immigration, and Multiculturalism in the beginning of this year, as reported in the Globe and Mail on January 1st, 2013. The article also described the EOI system as a "match-making" service provided to Canadian employers to select prospective employees from abroad more effectively.

CIC states that applicants to the EOI system must provide information, such as language proficiency, education credentials, and work experience, that allows CIC to assess the applicant's competitiveness in the Canadian labour market. These applications or "expressions of interest" are then reviewed by CIC, and those who pass the preliminary screening are invited to apply for Canadian immigration.

According to the aforementioned annual report, Canadian immigration as a whole plans to admit about 240,000 to 265,000 permanent residents in 2014. Among them, 63% will be admitted from the category of economic immigration, in which permanent residencies are granted based on professional skills, entrepreneurship, and investment. The family class will receive a quota of 68,000 spots or 26.1% of the total number of immigrants. Refugees and humanitarian applications will be assigned 10.9% quote or 28,400 spaces.

"While Canadians will continue to get the first crack at available jobs, getting the right people in the right places is key to addressing regional labour needs and fuelling Canada's long-term prosperity," said Minister Alexander.

CIC points out that the introduction of the EOI system is part of the Economic Action Plan by the Canadian government. It believes that the system will improve processing times of applications, avoid the build-up of inventories leading to backlogs, enables the government to respond much more quickly to labour shortages, and increases the chances of economic success for individual skilled immigrant. It also announces that the EOI system will officially start on January 1st, 2015.

About FWCanada:
FWCanada is a Canadian Immigration Law Firm which provides expertise in immigration services such as Temporary Resident Permits, Criminal Rehabilitation, Study Permits and Work Permits. Marisa Feil and her team ensure that each case is closely evaluated to determine the most relevant program. For more information, contact FWCanada at 1-855-316-3555.

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