National Research: Express entry: early immigration data shows many already in Canada
Monday, May 18, 2015

Nearly half of the skilled immigrants who qualified for a chance to obtain permanent residency within the first three weeks of the launch of a new immigration system were not applying from abroad but were already in Canada, CBC News has learned.

Canada launched a new system known as express entry on Jan. 1 as a way to recruit the best and brightest of foreign nationals to fill open jobs for which there are no available Canadian workers.

The report, obtained by immigration lawyer Richard Kurland through an Access to Information Act request, shows there were 775 candidates who made it to the top of the express entry pool in the lead up to the first-ever draw. The new data lists their country of residence and their citizenship.

Where did the candidates come from? Many — 346, or 45 per cent of "the top 775 candidates in the pool" — resided in Canada, according to the Jan. 22 report prepared by the Department of Citizenship and Immigration.

Thirteen per cent were living in India, followed by 4.5 per cent in the United Arab Emirates. Smaller percentages resided in other countries.

"Please note that data is intended for internal CIC use only and has not yet been released to the public," said an immigration official in an email dated Jan. 22. The cautionary note was underlined.

The government offered permanent residency to 779 skilled workers in its first draw held on Jan. 31.

"Express Entry is already getting impressive results in its first month," declared Immigration Minister Chris Alexander in a written statement issued on Feb.2.

"The fact that everyone who was invited to apply for permanent residence in this round of invitations already has a valid job offer or provincial nomination shows that Express Entry is working to fill Canada's existing labour market gaps," Alexander said.

Source: By Susana Mas, CBC News.  Full article