Canada launched a new selection category under Express Entry
On May 31, 2023, the Government of Canada launched a new selection category under Express Entry, allowing IRCC to invite prospective permanent residents with specific skills, training, or language ability.
This year, invitations will focus on candidates with strong French language proficiency or experience in:
- STEM professions,
- agriculture, and
Category-based selection supports Canada’s commitment to welcoming skilled workers into communities nationwide.
In June 2022, Canada changed the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act to select immigrants based on key economic attributes, such as work experience and French knowledge.
The minister claims that by allowing IRCC to extend more invites to eligible persons in these specific professions, Canada will be able to achieve its goal of luring in-demand workers to all of its regions. The new categories’ first draws are expected to begin later this summer.
The new categories are intended to fill open posts across Canada, in addition to increasing the use of French in communities of French descent outside of Quebec.
Why are new Express Entry categories being added?
The new categories were created to fill opportunities across Canada. Immigration is viewed as a key factor in addressing the labor shortage and elevating the status of the French language in communities of French descent outside of Quebec.
Fraser says, “Employers across the country are complaining loud and clear about the ongoing worker shortages. These modifications to the Express Entry process will guarantee that they have access to the qualified workers they require to develop and succeed. In addition, by increasing the number of candidates who are fluent in French, we can aid businesses that are experiencing a labor shortage and secure the survival of French-speaking communities. Simply said, the immigration system in Canada has never been more sensitive to the nation’s social or economic needs.”
How selection category under Express Entry created?
The categories were chosen in accordance with legal requirements that the Minister take part in open consultation with provinces and territories, business leaders, workers’ supporters, unions, employers, and organizations that provide services for settling immigrants. The IRCC will report yearly to Parliament on:
- the categories were chosen from the previous year
- why and how they were chosen
- the instructions to establish a category
- the number of invitations issued for each category
Overview of Express Entry Proof of Funds Requirements
Proof of funds is how you show you have enough money to settle in Canada. If you are invited to apply, you must provide written proof that you have this funding. You need proof of funds to be eligible to meet the minimum requirements of the:
- Federal Skilled Worker Program
- Federal Skilled Trades Program
Your family’s financial requirements depend on how many people are living in it. Include yourself, your spouse or common-law partner, your dependent children, and your spouse or common-law partner’s dependent children while calculating the size of your family. Click here to read complete details about express Entry proof of funds requirements.
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