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April 2015

Canada Welcomes First Express Entry Residents

Published: Monday 13 April 2015

Just three months after the launch of Canada’s new Express Entry immigration system, the country’s Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander has welcomed three of the first Express Entry candidates to become Canadian permanent residents—Emma Hughes, Yaoyao (Anita) Zheng and Xin (Frank) Zhao. Launched in January, Express Entry is a new way of managing applications for Canada’s key economic immigration programmes. Candidates create an online profile and express their interest in coming to Canada permanently. Candidates who meet the minimum criteria are accepted into the pool and ranked according to various factors, including language proficiency, education and work experience. Each is a leading indicator of one’s likelihood of integrating fully and quickly into Canadian society and making an optimal contribution to the economy. Hughes is a successful candidate from Ireland who applied under the Federal Skilled Worker stream and now works as an application scientist for EcoSynthetix in Burlington, Ontario, while Zheng and Zhao were both international students who applied under the Canadian Experience Class. International students are well placed for success under the Express Entry system because of their high education, Canadian work experience, strong official language skills and youth. They can transition to permanent residence through any of the programmes under Express Entry, for which they meet the requirements, including the Canadian Experience Class, the Federal Skilled Worker Program, the Federal Skilled Trades Programme or the Provincial Nominee Programmes. “Not too long ago highly qualified candidates had to wait at the back of a very long line-up before being considered for permanent residence,” stated Minister Alexander. “Under Express Entry we can now select the best candidates with skills our labour market needs and they’ll arrive in Canada, ready to contribute to our economy and communities more quickly.” Since the system’s launch, 6,851 Express Entry candidates have received an invitation to apply for permanent residence. Most complete electronic applications under Express Entry will be processed in six months or less.