Archived - Part 3 – Various Measures: Division 16
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Immigration and Refugee Protection Act
Economic Action Plan 2013 confirmed the Government’s intention to create a new and innovative Expression of Interest immigration management system that will allow employers, provinces and territories to select skilled immigrants from a pool of applicants that best meet Canada’s economic needs.
The ‘Expression of Interest’ model is a new electronic, fully automated, application management system for economic immigration to Canada that would establish a two-step immigrant application process – introducing the concept of a stand-alone “expression of interest” pre-application stage followed by an application ‘by invitation only’ to the best candidates. Candidates complete an online form to “express interest” in coming to Canada and provide information about their skills and experience, which determines their eligibility for entry into the EOI pool. Pool submissions can be ranked, sorted and searched and top candidates can be invited to submit an application for permanent residence, which can be processed in an expedited manner.
A new Expression of Interest Division will be added to the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA) that will allow for a standalone pre-application stage as the first step in immigrating to Canada under certain economic programs. In addition, this Division will include broad provisions outlining the process of EOI, the required information-sharing measures, as well as measures enabling a role for third parties (provinces and territories as well as employers) under this new system.
With this foundational legislation in place, technical and operational requirements for the Expression of Interest system can be pursued.