Express Entry 2015: Doomed to Fail

By Author: Admin | October 7, 2014

For the past year and a half (I’m writing this in October 2014), the Federal Skilled Worker System has imposed a requirement that foreign credentials be assessed in comparison to Canadian educational credentials. Given the reasons include the Canada’s aging workforce and an aspiration to create high-tech jobs in Canada. The change was also implemented due to recent FSW immigrants’ failure to acquire quality jobs such as those related to their pre-Canadian work history.

Perhaps employers’ preoccupation with credentials (where a Master’s degree is the new Bachelors degree) have had a hand in preventing skilled immigrants from establishing in Canada. Similarly, efficiencies through technology have no doubt removed many less skilled jobs from North America. Similarly employers’ offloading of specialized training to (pretty well) nobody virtually assures large employers hire from within, (such employers typically place a token job ad for the purpose of displaying faux-competition). By the same token, I’m not sure what impact raising Canada’s retirement age will have on immigrants’ ability to economically establish well in Canada with aged persons clinging to the labour market, shutting out first timers such as recent Canadian graduates as well as new immigrants.

The Express Entry system, due to be unveiled in January 2015 aims to be even more responsive to employers’ needs. Employers will register for access to the “Pool” of immigration applications and pick a candidate who will be processed on an expedited basis, thereby ensuring Canada’s labour market needs are being served by Canada’s immigration Program – sounds great!

In reality, the Express Entry system will serve no one, aside from those applicants with standing job offers from Canadian employers due to implantation problems; witness the current CIC online system for lawyers and licences consultants, where files disappear, and it takes hours to simply upload files, supporting documents are arbitrarily removed, and at least one lawyer has been arbitrarily booted off the system with a message:

“This is to advise you that we have received a request to cancel the Authorization of a Paid Representative that names you as the former authorized representative. Your name and CIC ID have now been disassociated from the client’s application(s) as listed above. As a consequence, these applications submitted by you will no longer be visible to you through the Authorized Representatives Portal.”

Adding employers to the mix, without a easy to use online system will compound frustration. Thus, the Express Entry system will die a quiet death after about one and one half years and be replaced with the Federal Skilled Worker program restricted by a list of occupations, or skewed in favour of higher educational credentials (e.g ascribing greater weight to two complementary credentials such as accounting plus IT), and be buttressed by a more robust Canada Experience Class where a job offer has been obtained and the would-be immigrant has already taken up said job offer. The latter program worked so well and no reason for curtailing it was ever given by Canada’s immigration department.


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