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Having a Job Offer now not Important for Immigrating to Canada

February 2018, 13
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Hardly 10 percent invitations for immigration to Canada are received by persons with a job offer. This has decreased from 40 percent seen prior to the introduction of changes in November 2016.

The fresh approach of the selection system, of economic immigration in Canada, created a better pool of eligible candidates and made it easy, to submit an application without having a job offer.

With the modification of criteria, laid by the federal government a year ago, applicants having an industrial, construction or electrical background, became less competitive, and international students received a boost, owing to their increased worth in Canadian education.

The recent immigration data reveals that 101,107 eligible applicants, entered into the candidate pool, from January to November 2016, after the change in selection system, which ranks and invites them, after the cut-off in each draw, is met. Such Draws are held many times in the year.

During the six months after introducing the changes, which included a reduction in the bonus points, given to candidates having job offers, only 77,207 entered the pool. The total for 2017 is not presently available, but it is expected to surpass the total of 2016.

The changes emphasized on human capital, and gave importance to personal attributes like age, education, and proficiency in the language, and were applauded by immigration experts, who say that these qualities are important for all newcomers, to succeed in the country in the future. Predicting the long-term needs of an economy is difficult. Skill shortages keep changing with years, but young and educated people, who are fluent in official languages, adapt to all types of economic conditions.

The Express Entry system launched by the Conservative government favored immigrants, having job offers, for meeting the short-term needs of the labor market, to ease the life of newcomers.

Owing to the emphasis on job offers, the system brought in cooks and food service supervisors, instead of other professionals, failing in its aim, to attract the best and bright talents of the world. The system made human capital appear less important. It also excluded several international students.

This led to the thinking of long-term benefits, in selecting immigrants, to ensure that they succeeded, in a variety of occupations.

The new system gives importance, to applicants having job offers, and also gives additional points, to candidates who have jobs in the country.

There is a need to have many overseas young and well-educated professionals, to receive the invitations to apply.

Under the revised system, importance is given to applicants, who have Canadian education credentials. The number of individuals, who had Canadian study experience, increased to 21,433, (40 percent), in the total immigration invitations, which were issued in the first six months, after the introduction of changes. The comparison the January to November 2016, shows that only 8,592 (30 percent) invited to immigrate, possessed educational credentials of Canada.

The candidates with trades’ backgrounds also dropped from 1,827 (6 percent) before the changes to 900 (2 percent) as the candidates did not have an edge, with job offers, and scored low, owing to poor education.

Department of Immigration Canada was pleased with the impact of the changes to the system. Express Entry is a top application management system, meant for important programs of economic immigration. It successfully attracts top skilled overseas workers, desiring to permanently live in Canada, who have skills, which are greatly needed by employers in the country. Newcomers can quickly use their skills and strengthen the economy.

The revamped system is thorough, to meet the long- and short-term economic requirements of Canada. There was a need to streamline the LMIA process and permit employers, to prove, that no nationals are in a position, to fill the position, and issue a job offer to an immigrant.

The ranking system must be revised to give favor Francophone applicants, residing outside Quebec, who are barely 1,153 (2.2 percent) of the people, invited to immigrate to Canada in Express Entry.

Indian Candidates have the largest share among selected immigrants.  Their share increased to 22,760 (43 percent) of the total, from Jan to May 2017, as compared to 8,901 (31 percent) in 2016. China and India are the major countries contributing the overseas students in Canada.

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