Mandatory Electronic Applications for Prescribed Applications under the Express Entry system

2014/04/22   CIC Official Website

The  Government of Canada is preparing to modernize the way it treats immigration  applications for certain immigration categories.

In early 2015, the  government will launch a new active recruitment model known as the “Express  Entry” system. This system will help switch from the passive processing of  applications in the order we get them, to one that prioritizes processing for  people with the skills to succeed in Canada.

Express Entry will  work in two steps.  First, prospective  immigrants will indicate their interest in coming to Canada by providing  information electronically about their skills, work experience, and other  biographical information.  Express Entry will  be a mandatory first step in the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), the  Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP) and the Canadian Experience Class (CEC).  In addition, provinces and territories will have the option to use  Express  Entry to identify additional provincial nominees for the  Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) over and above their provincial nomination  allocations to an overall and by-jurisdiction limit. Individuals who meet  certain eligibility criteria will have  an  expression   of interest  placed in a pool and be ranked  against others already in the pool. The authority to require that expressions  of interest be submitted electronically already exists in the legislation that  received Royal Assent in December 2013.

Second,  CIC will invite the best candidates, including those with in-demand skills or  with job offers, to submit an electronic application for permanent residence.  Would-be applicants to the FSWP, FSTP, CEC and sub-set of PNPs, will not be  allowed to make an application for permanent residence unless invited to apply.  In this second step, the legislation will provide the authority to prescribe,  by Governor in Council regulations, who would be required to submit an  electronic application and how, as well as exceptions to submitting  applications electronically.