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Canada plans to overhaul its Express Entry system;  How Indians Could Benefit

Canada is planning big changes to its points-based Express Entry system to allow applicants who meet real-time labor requirements to enter the country. In the proposed bill, the new version of the Express Entry system will allow invitations based on criteria such as specific academic degrees, language and industry-based occupations.

Immigration Minister Sean Fraser said the bill was being discussed with stakeholders in the queue or in public forums.

Changes to the system will allow the government to conduct targeted draws to select people with certain language skills or technical and health care qualifications.

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) feels the need to support the growth of Canada’s tech sector, an Express Entry candidate category would be created based on criteria such as work experience in the sector’s occupation and/or a related degree, CIC News reported. With this, the best candidates in the category can be invited to obtain permanent residence (PR).

It could also benefit Indian PR seekers and students. IRCC data reveals that Indian students constitute one of the largest international populations in Canada. These students mostly hold or are pursuing degrees in supply chain management, MBA, computer science, computer engineering, electrical engineering and masters of management, according to an India Today report. Therefore, creating specific categories based on economic need can attract RP for these students.

Indians in general have benefited from public relations permits as well as student visas. In 2020, approximately 50,841 Indian citizens received invitations to apply for permanent residence (PR) in Canada, under the “Express Entry” pathway. The following year, nearly 100,000 Indians became PRs of Canada as the country admitted a record 405,000 new immigrants.

Recently, Canada announced additional work permit benefits for international students. In summer 2022, international students in Canada who have a post-graduation work permit (PGWP) expiring between January and December 2022 will be eligible for an additional open work permit valid for up to 18 months.

According to the data, about 95,000 PGWPs are set to expire in 2022, and about 50,000 PGWP holders could benefit. Indian students will again be a benefactor of this change as there are more than 622,000 international students in Canada, of which 217,410 are Indians, as of December 31, 2021 according to an ET report.

(Edited by : Sudarsanan Mani)

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