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New 2015 Program for Hiring Foreign Skilled Workers

Recruit Permanent Employees from Overseas Faster with Express Entry

New 2015 Program for Hiring Foreign Skilled Workers
By Mark Swartz
Monster Contributing Writer

Hiring foreign skilled workers can mire you in red tape. There are often extended delays and many hoops to jump through. That can frustrate employers who are looking to hire in the foreseeable future.
As of January 2015, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) launched a new electronic system called Express Entry. It’s being implemented in a variety of economic immigration programs. Waiting times will be reduced by up to 65%.
If you’re a Canadian employer, you can hire Express Entry candidates to meet your labour needs when unable to find Canadians or permanent residents to fill job vacancies. Use the same recruiting and hiring practices you as you do at present.
Which Programs Are Covered?
The system is used to manage applications in the following economic immigration programs:
  • the Federal Skilled Worker Program,
  • the Federal Skilled Trades Program,
  • the Canadian Experience Class, and
  • a portion of the Provincial Nominee Program.
What Benefits Does Express Entry Offer Employers?
Previously, employers had to navigate multiple layers of the immigration system. Recruitment of global talent was at employer's time and expense. Also, the first applicants in were the first to be processed. And it could take 12-14 months to process permanent residence applications.
With Express Entry, employers will have ready access to a pool of candidates who fit current labour market needs. The LMIA (Labour Market Impact Assessment) fee for permanent residence applications will be eliminated. Best of all, it will only take six months (or less) to process applications in 80% of cases.
How Does It Work?
Skilled foreign workers who want to work in Canada apply for entry using the “Come To Canada” online tool. They find out quickly if they’re eligible for Express Entry. If an applicant meets the criteria of an economic immigrant program, and are deemed likely to succeed as permanent residents, they’re placed in the pool.
Employers will be able to find these candidates through private sector job boards such as Monster.ca. In addition, the approved job seekers could be sought via the Government of Canada's Job Bank, and Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) where applicable.
What If I Already Employ A Temporary Foreign Worker (TFW)?
As long as the TFW is in Canada working under a positive LMIA, you can offer them a permanent job to support their application for permanent residence. Your TFW would have to create an Express Entry profile and include their job offer information. This will give a candidate enough additional points to be invited to apply at the next eligible draw of candidates.
Can Express Entry Candidates Start Working Before They’re Accepted?
These candidates cannot usually come to Canada to work until they have their permanent resident visa. In some cases, candidates will already be in Canada with a temporary work permit.
Employers who need a worker to start before the permanent resident visa is processed, can apply for a “dual intent” LMIA. In this type of situation, the employer will need to pay an LMIA processing fee. A “dual intent” LMIA means a person can come to Canada as a temporary foreign worker (TFW) first and work while they wait for a decision on their permanent residence application. 
Help Will Be Available
CIC's new Employer Liaison Network (ELN) can provide guidance on how to use Express Entry efficiently. The ELN will give employers up-to-date information on permanent economic immigration programs and related details. Its goal is to increase employer awareness and use of the Express Entry system in the short term.  However it is important to underline that the Province of Quebec does not use this service as they select their own skilled workers.