Launching in January, 2015, the Express Entry model (formerly referred to as Expression of Interest) is NOT a new immigration program or stream, and will not replace any programs (like FSW or PNP); it is however, a new application management system for those who want to immigrate under an existing immigration program. The current model processes applications in the order in which they are received, which creates lengthy backlogs. Express Entry will speed up application and processing times, and those who are not chosen out of the pool will be expunged, thus creating no backlog.
The Express Entry model directly targets immigrants with skills that are in demand and connects them with available jobs quickly. Federal and Provincial/Territorial governments will choose immigrants out of a pool of candidates based on labour needs, and CIC has indicated an indirect role for employers in selecting applicants.
The number of immigrants who arrive in Canada will not change; this is simply a faster and more flexible way to match unfilled job vacancies with top global talent. Please know the new Express Entry model has not yet been finalized. Visit the Citizenship and Immigration Canada website for updates.
Qualified applicants can expect faster processing times of six months or less when invited to come to Canada in four key economic streams: the Federal Skilled Worker Program, Federal Skilled Trades Program, Canadian Experience Class, and a portion of the PNP.
The following articles give detailed information about the Express Entry model and how employers can prepare to select the best talent to meet business needs.
Think Fast: Ontario Employer Perspectives on Immigration Reform and the Express Entry System - January 2014. Click here to read.
Backgrounder on the Express Entry Program from CIC
Expression of Interest - What Employers Need to know about Canada's Proposed New Immigrant Application System from hireimmigrants.ca