Canada’s Express Entry system is on the brink of a major transformation with the recent implementation of Bill C-19, which will give Minister of Immigration authority to invite newcomers to apply for Canadian Permanent residency with work experience in 87 pre-selected occupations in Express Entry.
Bill C-19 aims to address the country’s demographic challenges and labor market demands by introducing significant changes to the way invitations to apply for Permanent residency will be sent out.
Canada is facing several challenges right now; a massive labour shortage, demographic time bomb, large number of Immigrants settling in the Greater Toronto Area, or difficulties with the credentials recognition.
Bill C-19 is expected to help Canada combat these challenges by giving the Minister of Immigration flexibility to invite newcomers with work experience in selected categories to apply for Permanent residency.
In this article, we dig into the key amendments brought forth by Bill C-19, and explore how these changes will reshape the Express Entry landscape for prospective immigrants.
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Bill C-19: Reshaping the Canadian Immigration:
Group and Category-Based Selection:
Bill C-19 heralds a new era in the Express Entry system by shifting from immigration class-based selection to a more nuanced group and category-based approach. This transition ensures that economic goals, employment and academic experience, and proficiency in English or French are taken into account when inviting candidates. Ministerial instructions will be issued to incorporate additional filters into the Express Entry system, aligning selections with these innovative groupings.
ITAs with Specified Eligibility Categories:
The introduction of new categories and eligibility requirements necessitates a more transparent Invitation to Apply (ITA) process. Under Bill C-19, ITAs must explicitly specify the eligibility categories under which a candidate can apply. In instances where a foreign national qualifies for multiple categories, the ITA will outline all applicable options.
Bill C-19’s Economic Goals Associated with Categories:
Bill C-19 emphasizes the importance of aligning the Express Entry system with Canada’s economic objectives. To ensure this alignment, the Minister of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is required to define the economic goals associated with each newly created category. This strategic approach guarantees that skilled immigration effectively supports Canada’s economic growth and development.
Expanding PR Opportunities for Applicants Affected by Age
In a move that showcases empathy and inclusivity, Bill C-19 eliminates specific rules that previously hindered candidates who received an ITA but subsequently lost their eligibility due to age. This progressive change opens the door for a wider range of applicants to secure Permanent Residency (PR) in Canada, fostering a more diverse and vibrant immigrant community.
Enhanced Transparency: Minister’s Report on Immigrant Categories
Bill C-19 underscores the need for increased transparency and accountability within the Express Entry system. As per the new amendment, the Minister’s annual report must include detailed information on the categories created for foreign nationals within the Express Entry framework. Furthermore, the report should specify the economic goals supported by each invitation and the number of invitations issued per category.
Bill C-19 marks a turning point for Canada’s Express Entry system, paving the way for a more dynamic and responsive approach to skilled immigration. As the system adapts to these changes, prospective immigrants can look forward to a more transparent and inclusive selection process. By embracing these innovations, Canada’s Express Entry system is poised to better serve the country’s economic needs and foster a thriving, diverse immigrant community for years to come.