New Express Entry rules eliminate ‘pain points’: Expert

Changes around points allocated for job offers, education
By John Dujay
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 12/12/2016
Immigration minister John McCallum says the federal government is doing more to try and attract highly skilled immigrants to Canada, as well as have them become permanent residents. Credit: Chris Wattie (Reuters)

An easier and more balanced Express Entry system will eliminate some of the “pain points” that permeated the old system, according to an immigration expert.

“The government has heard from employers that this was a challenge and it’s tried to look at making a correction to make it easier for employers to fill their labour market shortages,” said Beth Clarke, director of employer programs at the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council (TRIEC).

First established by the federal government on Jan. 1, 2015, Express Entry was supposed to provide a fast-track to entry for foreign knowledge workers. The program is used to manage applications for permanent residence under the Federal Skilled Worker Program, the Federal Skilled Trades Program, and the Canadian Experience Class.