The immigration application process will soon be more focused on matching immigrants with gainful employment, as Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) prepares to roll out its new processing system. Sara Adel, paralegal at Maynard Kischer Stojicevic Immigration Law, writes about this development on page 15 of the latest BC Paralegal Association (BCPA) newsletter, Paralegal Press.
The new system, Expressions of Interest, will replace the old “first-in, first-out” system and instead will focus on selecting “the best and the brightest and not just those who are first in line,” explains Sara in her article, Expressions of Interest: Matching skilled immigrants to Canadian jobs. It will also reduce backlogs which have been a long-standing problem in the Canadian immigration system.
Expressions of interest will aim to match Canadian employers with job vacancies to fill with immigrants who want to move to Canada to work.
“It appears that the objective is to increase the number of economic immigrants arriving in Canada with a job offer in hand,” says Sara.
Programs that will be directly affected by the upgraded system include the Federal Skilled Worker Program, Federal Skilled Trades Program and the Canadian Experienced Class.
Sara’s article also goes into the details of how the application process works, explaining it is a two-phase system.
“In the first stage, prospective immigrants fill in a form to indicate their interest in coming to Canada,” explains Sara. “In the second stage of the EOI system, candidates with certain attributes are issued an invitation to apply for permanent residence.”
Overall, the biggest benefit of the system is providing immigrants better access to work opportunities. “The new system will eradicate the fear of not being able to land a rewarding or desirable job upon arrival in Canada,” Sara’s article concludes.
Along with her valuable work with MKS Immigration Law, Sara Adel is a regular contributor to the Paralegal Press, where she has previously shared her expertise on the Federal Skilled Worker Program and Labour Market Opinion. Sara brings over two years of immigration law experience to her work with MKS and the BC Paralegal Association.
The BC Paralegal Association provides educational and networking opportunities to law studentsand professionals throughout the province. Their newsletter, Paralegal Press is released on a quarterly basis.
Maynard Kischer Stojicevic is an award-winning Vancouver immigration law firm that specializes in business immigration along with offering a full range of immigration law services.