What will the future of Express Entry look like?

What will the future of Express Entry look like?

What will the future of Express Entry look like?

What will the future of Express Entry look like?

IRCC ponders ‘changing nature of work’ and what skills Express Entry targets

Express Entry is attracting the high-skilled candidates it was built to attract but improvements to the skills it targets may be necessary, says the official in charge of Canada’s main economic immigration application system.

In a talk last week at the 2018 Canadian Immigration Summit, Patrick McEvenue, Director of Express Entry and Digital Policy with Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), said his department will be undertaking an evaluation of Express Entry in the near future in order to understand both the system’s impact along with its strengths and potential areas for improvement.

Express Entry working ‘very well’

As is, McEvenue said the system is generally meeting the government’s expectations as to how Express Entry is meant to work, namely its ability to attract highly skilled candidates with the education, language proficiency and work experience necessary for “long-term success” in Canada.

“Express Entry goes after the core group we’re after very well — the majority of people with traditional tech backgrounds, we can get those very well,” he said, noting there are now three times as many candidates with Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) backgrounds in the Express Entry pool.

McEvenue also pointed to improvements such as an application processing time of six months or less, the system’s overall transparency and the evolving links between Express Entry and Canada’s Provincial Nominee Program, which the government wants to expand on.

Going Deeper into the Pool?

McEvenue said the Express Entry pool is healthy and continues to grow. As of May 24, 2018, there were 83,111 candidates in the Express Entry pool.

Each Express Entry candidate is awarded a score based on so-called human capital factors including education, work experience, age and language proficiency. Additional points are also awarded for a provincial nomination, a Canadian job offer, Canadian studies, French proficiency and a sibling living in Canada.

Candidates who rank above a minimum “cut-off” score determined by the government are invited to apply for Canadian permanent residence in draws held roughly every two weeks.

“We have a lot of people to choose from. In fact, we’d like to go deeper into our pool. We know how talented the people are below the cut-off scores,” he said.

Larger immigration targets may also help IRCC go deeper into the pool. Canada is slated to welcome close to one million people over the next three years through its Multi-Year Levels immigration plan introduced last fall. Each year between 2018 and 2020 will see year-over-year admission increases for Canada’s economic immigration programs, including a 20 percent increase over the three years in the three managed by Express Entry — the Federal Skilled Worker Class, the Federal Skilled Trades Class and the Canadian Experience Class.

If these increased admission targets result in larger draws, it could have the effect of lowering the minimum scores in Express Entry draws.

Future Improvements to Express Entry and the CRS

Along with increased targets, future changes to the system may also help different candidates succeed.

A key focus of the upcoming Express Entry evaluation will be what McEvenue called “the changing nature of work” and how that could influence the kind of skills Express Entry’s Comprehensive Ranking System, or CRS, should be targeting.

“How is the changing nature of work changing the type of skills we should be going after and our approach to selection? We based the CRS on what worked in the past — it’s great, it’s based on the best evidence available, but are those the same things that will work in the future? It’s one of the major things we’ll be thinking about this next year in the lead up to our evaluation,” he said.

The evaluation will also consider who is currently succeeding under Express Entry and how the system can work better for “groups who are not benefiting yet from Express Entry who we want to see come to Canada,” he said.

How Express Entry can better engage Canadian employers and cater to their labour needs is another area of interest, he said.

McEvenue said the coming months will involve a more profound reflection on the role Express Entry will be required to play in the years ahead and the kind of questions the evaluation should be asking.

“What questions do we need to be asking ourselves this year so we can evaluate the Express Entry system in a way that is meaningful to the broader Canadian community and is going to help guide this government and subsequent governments,” he said. “Where are we going to take the system next?”

This news was welcomed by Attorney David Cohen, senior partner at the Campbell Cohen Canadian immigration law firm in Montreal.

“As the yearly Express Entry targets continue to grow, IRCC continues to learn from data and improve the system,” he said.

“We are looking forward to seeing where increased targets will take Express Entry, and very curious to see how changes may benefit some of the candidates who have not yet found success through it.”

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69% of International Students in Germany wish to stay in Germany after study

69% of International Students in Germany wish to stay in Germany after study

69% of International Students in Germany wish to stay in Germany after study

69% of International Students in Germany wish to stay in Germany after study

69% wish to stay in Germany after study

The majority (69.2%) of international students in Germany would prefer to stay in the country after their studies are complete according to a new survey.

The Studying-in-Germany.org survey asked 4,339 participants to answer questions relating to why they chose Germany and what their plans are for the future after studies are over.

“Germany needs young and skilled workers to keep its economy going”

The largest portion (35.3%) of respondents underlined free-tuition education in Germany as the main reason for choosing the country over another study destination, while 29.3% chose the high-quality academic staff at German universities.

One-fifth (20.4%) of respondents highlighted English language programs as the main draw, while 15.1% said they choose it because of the aesthetic beauty of the country.

Additionally, the survey aimed to know the students’ plans after they finish their studies. A total 69.2% of respondents said they plan to look for a good job in Germany and stay for a longer period of time.

Just 16.5% said they plan to immediately return home when their studies are completed, and 14.3% said they would like to travel around Germany before returning to their home country.

Speaking with The PIE News, founder of Studying-in-Germany.org Besart Bajrami said even though the high percentage of students wishing to stay in Germany after their studies might seem like a threat to the German job market, it’s not seen as a “real issue”.

“Most German companies are conservative when it comes to hiring internationals and they are interested in hiring not just qualified people, but people fluent in German as well,” he explained.

“it’s not always easy for [international students] to find a job immediately after graduation, especially if they studied in English, unless they are committed to learning the German language and speaking it flawlessly as well as doing internships and lower-paying jobs to get started.”

With that being said, Bajrami added, there is a lot of demand and available jobs for qualified international students in STEM fields.

“Germany needs young and skilled workers to keep its economy going,” he said.

“International students bring a lot of economic benefits to Germany during their studies as well as after graduation… by having a strong link with Germany for future business partnerships and networking.”

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Australia’s Northern Territory Skilled Regional Nominated (Provisional) (Subclass 489) visa

Australia’s Northern Territory Skilled Regional Nominated (Provisional) (Subclass 489) visa

Australia’s Northern Territory Skilled Regional Nominated (Provisional) (Subclass 489) visa

Australia’s Northern Territory Skilled Regional Nominated (Provisional) (Subclass 489) visa

Australia’s Northern Territory Skilled Regional Nominated (Provisional) (Subclass 489) visa

General skilled migration

The Australian Government’s Visa Finder can help you find the right visa.

Here are some general skilled migration visa options for you to consider.

Skilled – Independent (Permanent) (Subclass 189) visa

This is a points-tested visa. It is for skilled overseas citizens not nominated by an employer, a state or territory government or a family member.

If you wish to apply for this visa, you must lodge an expression of interest using the Australian Government’s Skill Select service.

Skilled Regional Nominated (Provisional) (Subclass 489) visa and Skilled Nominated (Subclass 190) visas

You can get information on Northern Territory nomination for these visas at Northern Territory Government visa nomination.

Department of Home Affairs limit of EOI invitations

The Australian Government has placed a limit on the number of visas available for the General Skilled Migration Program for each of the eligible skilled occupations.

The Northern Territory Government will tell you if they cannot nominate you because your occupation has reached its quota.

NT Migration Occupation List

Australia’s Northern Territory (NT) Migration Occupation List includes occupations that are:

If your occupation is not on the list but is on the Australian Government’s current list of eligible skilled occupations you can still apply for NT Government nomination.

You must provide strong evidence of good employment prospects in the NT either in your occupation or a closely related skilled occupation.

You can show you have good employment prospects by providing:

A statement describing how your skills and experience meet NT employer needs

Evidence your occupation has been advertised in the NT multiple times and explanation of how your qualifications and experience match the job vacancy – you could provide screen dumps of the job adverts but webpage links are not sufficient

Feedback from potential NT employers

An offer of employment letter from an NT employer

Evidence of strong, well-established family connections in the NT.

Offshore applicants

For a number of occupations on the Northern Territory Migration Occupation List, if you are applying from offshore, you must provide evidence of an offer of employment in your nominated occupation or in a closely related skilled occupation.

International graduates

If you are an international graduate who has not completed at least two years study in Australia’s Northern Territory (NT) but you completed your studies in another Australian state, you can apply for nomination.

You need to show that you have lived and worked in the NT in your skilled occupation or a closely related skilled occupation for over six months before applying for nomination.

NT Government responsibilities

Australia’s Northern Territory (NT) Government decides if it will offer you a nomination. Your employment prospects in the NT and NT industry needs are important factors in the decision.

Occupations on the NT Migration Occupation List do not represent specific job vacancies.

A nomination from the NT Government is not a job guarantee. You will have to compete in the NT labour market and you will be responsible for finding your own employment and accommodation.

The NT Government provides information and some assistance to nominated skilled migrants. It does not provide an employment placement service or financial assistance.

Success in finding employment in the NT will depend on employer requirements, your qualifications, skills and experience and your level of English.

By applying for nomination you must acknowledge that the NT Government:

Nomination relates exclusively to the NT and does not apply outside of the NT

Is not responsible for finding you employment, accommodation or providing financial assistance

Is not liable for any inaccuracies or omissions in the information it provides you relating to your application, nor are its employees.

Northern Territory Migration Some of the Occupation Lists Mentioned Below

ANZSCO code Occupation
141999 Accommodation and Hospitality Managers nec
221111 Accountant
231111 Aeroplane Pilot
312212 Civil Engineering Technician
263111 Computer Network and System Engineer
262111 Database Administrator
223111 Human Resource Advisor
135112 ICT Project Manager
233512 Mechanical Engineer
252511 Physiotherapist
131112 Sales and Marketing Manager
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