IRCC has a plan to change the ‘nature of work' and also in skills targeted by Express Entry. It has not only been largely successful in meeting its goals, but also needs improvements in the future.
At the 2018 Canadian Immigration Summit, Patrick McEvenue, who is the Director of Express Entry and Digital Policy in IRCC, said that his department will undertake an evaluation of EE soon. It will lead to understand its impact, know its strengths, and also discover the potential areas of improvement.
In his opinion, the system is meeting the expectations of the government. It has attracted top skilled candidates, having good education, proficiency in a language, and work experience, necessary for success in Canada.
Express Entry attracts the core group very well. Most of the aspirants are people having a traditional technology background. Presently there are three times more candidates with the STEM background in the pool. The Director also spoke regarding the improvements like taking an application processing time of six months. The other areas of focus are the transparency of the system, and the evolving links between PNPs and Express Entry.
He remarked that the Express Entry pool is in good health, and has a pattern of growth. On May 24, 2018, it had 83,111 candidates.
The candidates get a score that is based on human capital factors like age, education, proficiency in language, and work experience. There are extra points for a provincial nomination, as well as the Canadian job offer, studies in Canada, proficiency in French, and also for having a sibling who resides in Canada.
Such Candidates, who get a rank above a minimum cut-off score, decided by the government, receive the ITA seeking PR in Canada. Draws are held every two weeks for this activity. There is a wide range of people to select from. Moreover, there is lot of talent in the people who are below the cut-off scores.
In the scenario when there are large immigration targets, it is helpful for IRCC, to go deep into the pool. Canada has a target to welcome nearly one million people, in the next three years, by using the Yearly Levels immigration plan, introduced in November 2017. Each year there will be an increase in admissions for economic immigration programs of Canada. It will have 20 percent increase in the three categories of Express Entry — the CEC, the FSWC, and the FSTC.
The high admission targets are likely to result in huge draws, and have the effect of low minimum scores in EE draws.
Together with increased targets, the changes to the system, in future will boost the chances of success, of different candidates.
A major focus of evaluation, of the upcoming Express Entry, will be the changing nature of work. This will help to frame CRS of and also to target different skills. Presently the CRS is working in a great way. It is based on the evidence available, but one has to study, whether the same things, will work in the future also.
Also in the evaluation, there will be a focus on what category of persons, are presently succeeding under the system. It will try to know the ways in which the system can work in a superior manner, for people who presently do not benefit from it but can reach Canada.
There will also be an insight on the ways the system can engage with Canadian employers, and meet their labor needs. McEvenue continued to say, that the future will involve, a reflection on the role which the Express Entry has to play in it. The EE system should also be meaningful to the broader community and help in guide the present as well as the future governments. The Express Entry system will benefit and also learn from data and improve the system. The proposed changes will surely benefit some candidates who are yet to find success through it.