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Having a job offer is no longer key to immigrating to Canada

Only 10 per cent of invitations to immigrate to Canada now go to those with a job offer, down from 40 per cent before changes were made in November 2016. This is the opinion of the author of an article recently published in The Star (Toronto).

Having A Job Offer Is No Longer Key To Immigrating To Canada

According to the article Canada’s rebooted economic immigration selection system has created a bigger pool of eligible candidates by making it easier to apply without a job offer.


Author of the piece, Nicholas Keung, wrote an interesting article we thought would be worth sharing with our readers.

In the article Keung says that recent changes in how points are awarded in Canada’s merit-based immigration system has meant that having a job offer in Canada is not all that vital as long as applicants had a desirable education, relevant experience and was able to demonstrate that they could communicate in at least one of Canada’s official languages.

“Before the changes, almost 40 per cent of those invited to apply for immigration had a job offer. Now, only one in 10 applies with a job already lined up,” wrote Keung adding that, “The changes to the system place a greater emphasis on so-called human capital — personal attributes such as age, education and language proficiency — and have won the praise of immigration experts, who have argued those qualities are more important for newcomers to succeed in Canada in the long run.”

“It is difficult to predict an economy’s long-term needs. A skill shortage now may not be a skill shortage five years from now,” said Kareem El-Assal, senior research associate specializing in immigration policy at the Conference Board of Canada.

“But we know someone who is young, educated and fluent in our official languages is going to adapt to any economic condition.”

A Toronto immigration lawyer, Mario Bellissimo, said to Keung that the new system still gives an edge to applicants with job offers as it continues to give extra points to candidates who already have jobs here.

“However, sometimes it may take them a few rounds before they are selected, where as prior it almost guaranteed,” said Bellissimo. “We also see a lot of younger, well-educated professionals from abroad receiving the invitations to apply, given the lower (threshold) scores.”

Under the revamped system, more emphasis is placed on applicants with Canadian education credentials, hence the number of people with study experience in Canada selected as immigrants increased dramatically to 21,433, or 40 per cent of the total immigration invitations in the first six months after the changes were made. By comparison from January to November 2016, only 8,592 or 30 per cent of those invited to immigrate had Canadian educational credentials.


The conference board’s El-Assal said the revamped system strikes the right balance between Canada’s long- and short-term economic needs.

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