The Conservative government’s overhaul of Canada’s immigration system hits a milestone with the launch of a new system for selecting economic immigrants.
The Express Entry program is a mostly-computerized process which uses a set of criteria to assign a ranking to those interested in immigrating to Canada under the skilled worker program, skilled trades program and Canadian Experience Class program.
Though the government has long used a points system to determine who gets to immigrate, the new program is different in that it automates the process — and it also gives a big points boost those who already have a job lined up.
People with the highest rankings will then be formally invited by the government to apply for the programs.
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