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This is the first article to be published since Canada Immigration overhauled its application management system.

Under new rules, all economic applicants under the Federal Skilled Worker category (FSW), Canada Experience Class (CEC) and Federal Skilled Trade (FST) now must go through an added step of being selected called Express Entry.

In other words, all applicants must now first pass the first threshold of qualifying under either FSW or CEC or FST and then enter the pool of applicants waiting to be selected.

According to Canada Immigration’s Express Entry ambassador, the higher the ranking the more likely an applicant will be selected.

Any skilled work experience is accepted but it is not certain when one will be drawn from the pool.

The federal program has eliminated the demand list.

However, one of the provinces has just announced a quicker route to enter the ranking and be on top of the selection grid by awarding a PNP certificate.

Those selected by the province will be drawn from the pool in priority.

The program is underway with intake to commence on Jan. 2, 2015.

Entry requirements are:

1. The program is for those who wish to immigrate to Canada and settle in Canada as permanent residents. It is not a recruitment for jobs.

2. Applicants do not require an offer of employment or job offer.

3. Applicants who are 18-46 years old will be allotted points.

4. A completed university degree of at least three years of study is preferred.

5. Applicants do not require to have a relative living in Canada. However, those with close relatives will be awarded bonus points.

6. Applicants must have proficiency in the English language. French is not required.

7. Must have a minimum of one year of work experience in a demand occupation. The listed occupations as of today are:

Accountant and Auditors

Financial Analysts

Human Resource Manager

Purchasing Officers

Geologists

Civil Engineers

Mechanical Engineers

Electrical and Electronic Engineers

Industrial Engineers

Computer Engineers

Information System Analysts

Database Analysts

Software Engineers

Computer Programmers

Web Designers and Developers

Civil Engineering Technologists and Technicians

Mechanical Engineering Technologists and Technicians

Electrical Engineering Technologists and Technicians

Drafting Technologists and Technicians

Engineering Inspectors

User Support Technicians

Registered Nurses

Physiotherapists

Occupational Therapists

Medical Laboratory Techs

Licensed Practical Nurses

Psychologists

Family and Marriage Counsellors

Financial Sales Representatives

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Atty. Henry Moyal is a certified and licensed immigration lawyer in Toronto, Ontario.

The above article is general advice only and is not intended to act as a legal document.

For a free assessment visit www.moyal.com.

Send questions to him by e-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call toll-free at: 1-888-847-2078.

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