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Canada seeking Jamaican professionals for Express Entry - Local firm assisting with applications

Published:Friday | September 26, 2014 | 12:00 AM

Alessandro Boyd, Gleaner Writer

HIGHLY SKILLED Jamaican professionals in industries such as health care, financial services and construction are being encouraged to send applications to Tenn-K Consultants Ltd, as come January 2015, Canada is set to launch its active recruitment model known as 'Express Entry'.

This recruitment model is set to manage applications for permanent residence in certain economic programmes. The model is being launched to meet current and future labour-market needs in Canada.

"Express Entry will be labour-market driven by identifying people who have the skills and experience required to meet Canada's economic needs and bring them to Canada in months, not years," Remi Lariviere, media relations officer, Citizenship and Immigration Canada, noted.

"Canadian employers will be able to consider Express Entry candidates when they are unable to find Canadians or permanent residents to fill job vacancies," she continued.

Express Entry will allow Canada to actively recruit, assess and select skilled immigrants under the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), the Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP), and the Canadian Experience Class (CEC).

Potential candidates will complete an online Express Entry profile where they will provide information about their skills, work experience, language ability, education, and other details. Those who meet the criteria of one of the federal economic immigration programmes subject to Express Entry will be placed in a pool of candidates.

accepting applications

"To prepare for the launch of Express Entry in 2015, Citizenship and Immigration Canada has been accepting applications under new caps for the FSWP, FSTP and CEC since May 1. These measures will ensure a steady supply of skilled workers who are settling in Canada permanently and helping to supplement the Canadian workforce in areas where there are skills shortages," she noted.

"With the FSWP backlog on track for elimination this year, a new cap of 25,000 applications provides the appropriate number of applications to support expected admissions in 2015. The list of eligible occupations reflecting the latest labour market needs has been more than doubled from 24 to 50 occupations," Lariviere added.

Immigration levels

Since 2006, Canada has welcomed the highest sustained levels of immigration in Canadian history with an average of 257,000 newcomers each year, in all economic, family and humanitarian classes combined.

Tenn-K Consultants Ltd is a local representative agency for a number of Canadian immigration consulting firms in Canada who are seeking to process persons interested in applying to immigrate to Canada under available programmes. Tenn-K's role is to source persons on behalf of their Canadian partners.

alessandro.boyd@gleanerjm.com