One year after the introduction of the Express Entry program, Maynard Kischer Stojicevic partners Gordon Maynard and Alex Stojicevic, talk to Zack Spencer on CISL 650’s The Law Show about how the system works, its challenges and its flaws.
The federal government launched the Express Entry program, a new process for economic immigrant applications, in January 2015. While the system seemed like it would be an improvement at first, it soon became apparent the point system used to grant applications is extremely restrictive.
“You have to be perfect on age, perfect on language ability, have a master’s degree and Canadian work experience or you’re not going to qualify,” says Alex.
“People who are in Canada with work permits, as senior executives in Canadian companies, they’re in their forties, they’re making half a million a year or more, they have responsible positions, and the company wants to keep them here,” says Gordon. “You put these people into the express entry pool and they aren’t making the minimum 450 [points].”
Video one: How Express Entry works
After the HD Mining and McDonalds cases captured the media’s attention around the temporary foreign worker program, government increased regulations around labour market impact assessments. Those regulations are now affecting the express entry program for those seeking permanent residency.
“They put the permanent residency program in a restrictive system,” says Gordon. “A system that was intended to deny opportunity to foreign workers was then made a requirement to becoming a permanent resident.”
Video two: How the foreign worker program affects Express Entry
The Canadian Chamber of Commerce recently released a “scathing” report on express entry and the impact it’s had on members across the country.
“Instead of making a system that’s easier to bring in international talent, you’ve created all kinds of uncertainty, where international talent is beginning to believe that Canada is not available for them to immigrate to,” says Alex. “That’s exactly the [opposite] message that the Canadian Chamber of Commerce was hoping that program would send.”
Video three: Chamber of Commerce report
Not only are the overall policies of the new system creating barriers to immigrants, the people on the front lines are making it difficult for applicants to get processed.
“The internal officers that work within this system, they’re being given direction to be difficult,” says Gordon. “They will not contact the lawyer or the representative, they will contact the employer to discuss the application. So you need to make sure that employer understands the application. And you better be ready to defend it.”
Video four: Challenges with the new system
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