In the future, Express Entry rounds may invite people depending on their employment, language, or education.
The Canadian government is considering modifying the Express Entry system to allow the immigration minister to invite candidates based on a specific economic purpose.
In an email to CIC News, Aiden Strickland, a spokeswoman for the immigration minister, stated that the proposed reforms will strengthen Canada’s capacity to choose candidates who meet its economic requirements.
“This will enable IRCC to conduct targeted draws aimed at selecting those in line who have certain language skills or health-care qualifications, to name a few examples,” Strickland wrote. “This is essential to resolving Canada’s labor issues.”
The measures are currently up for discussion in Canada’s legislature. On May 19, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCCPhilip )’s Somogyvari presented the proposed modifications before the Standing Committee on Immigration and Citizenship, a panel of elected officials that investigates immigration issues in Canada.
The revisions, according to Somogyvari, an IRCC Director General, would allow the immigration minister to invite Express Entry applicants on a new basis, one that would promote the minister’s economic goals.
“The minister would define the eligibility standards for membership in a category, which may include things like employment experience, educational background, or language ability,” Somogyvari stated.
“For example, if leveraging immigration to promote the expansion of Canada’s tech industry is desired, a category of Express Entry applicants would be developed based on criteria such as job experience in the field and/or the holding of a comparable educational certificate.” The top-ranked applicants in that category might then get invitations.”
The IRCC website would continue to post the draw information, including the unique qualifying conditions. The minister would also be required to state the economic purpose they are attempting to assist, as well as to report on the use of these draws to Parliament on an annual basis. Somogyvari said the government presently has no jobs identified when asked by NDP immigration critic Jenny Kwan which occupations will be indicated in these drawings.
Currently, the immigration minister lacks the authority to invite individuals from the Express Entry pool who have certain job experience, educational credentials, or are French speakers intended for a linguistic minority group. If the proposed changes to Bill C-19’s division 23 pass, that might alter.
“The reforms would allow the minister, for example, to focus on all French-speaking individuals in the Express Entry pool,” Somogyvari added. “”While French-speaking applicants now receive bonus points that improve their ranking score, it’s likely that not all French-speaking candidates in the pool will be approved.” With the advice provided, authority in place, the department could theoretically conduct an invitation round that would practically invite all of the recognized French-speaking individuals in the Express Entry pool if the minister wanted to do so.”
The mechanism for selecting which groups will be picked is being improved all the time. Somogyvari stated that such choices would most likely be made after consultation with employer organizations, stakeholders, the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act’s objectives, Employment and Social Development Canada, and provincial and territory governments.
In 2022, there will be an Express Entry program.
The Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), the Canadian Experience Class (CEC), and the Federal Skilled Trades Program all use the Express Entry application management system (FSTP).
To apply for one of these programs, overseas employees must first register with the Declare Entry system and express their interest in immigrating to Canada. Candidates for one of the three programs are given a score based on their job experience, education, language abilities, age, and other considerations. The highest-scoring individuals are invited to apply for permanent residency by IRCC.
Only applicants who have obtained a nomination from a Provincial Nominee Program have been invited to IRCC’s recent invitation rounds (PNP). IRCC suspended invitation rounds for the FSWP in December 2020, and subsequently paused CEC drawings in September 2021, after building a backlog of Express Entry applications during the epidemic. Immigration Minister Sean Fraser has confirmed that the drawings for these candidates will restart in July, and that the six-month processing threshold for new applications will be reinstated.
The improvements, according to Somogyvari, will have no impact on existing or future processing delays.
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Kwan demanded that the government provide a list of the groups who would be impacted by the new legislation.
“I am concerned that there would be no legislative scrutiny of what these organizations will be,” Kwan told the committee. “There is no process in place to evaluate whether these groups will be fair, or how successful [the government] will be in selecting people who will contribute to Canada’s economic well-being.” economic well-being.”
“”Without a defined selection method in which sectors may give official views on which jobs are in need, as well as an objective committee to appraise the demands of these professions,” says the report. Kwan stated, “the process might become fodder for lobbying industries.” “That’s not what we’re looking for.” We need clear standards and a transparent approach, in my opinion.”
The standing committee’s head, Salma Zahid of the Liberal Party, agreed to request adjustments to the proposed changes by May 27. The proposal will be forwarded to the ministry of finance, as it was the department that asked the immigration committee to investigate the improvements to Express Entry.
The Standing Committee on Finance will receive the letter and decide if the idea in the letter should be translated into changes to be submitted during the bill’s clause-by-clause discussion, which will begin at 11 a.m. on Monday, May 30.
(Source CIC News)