Although the mainstream media currently focuses almost exclusively on illegal immigration to the United States through its southern border with Mexico, a surprising number of Mexicans immigrate to Canada.
Until recently Canada has been fortunate not to have to deal with the issue of widespread immigration. But it seems this is a misconception now. Some Mexicans have flown here or driven into Canada from across the U.S. border, and then applied for stay through various categories.
Traditionally, Canada has welcomed immigrants, but more recently there are stricter rules about who Canada will accept as permanent residents. Canada wants skilled workers, and it is necessary that the applicant knows either English or French, or both. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCCI chooses skilled immigrants based on how they easily can enter the Canadian economy and adjust to living in the country. They now use a system called Express Entry (EE) to determine whether or not applicants for immigration qualify by way of having the necessary skills and experience. Applicants will get more points in the EE system if they have already worked for at least one year in Canada.
Canada is also looking for educated immigrants. Their educational credentials are assessed by comparing them to Canadian standards. Canada is interested in immigrants who have work experience in the same field as their education.
Under the EE system, immigrant applicants mainly fall into the following three groups:
- The Federal Skilled Worker Program
- The Federal Skilled Trades Program
- The Canadian Experience Class
Also, Canadian provincial governments have programs to attract people who can perform jobs in areas where those skills are now needed. Canada uses a classification system for jobs called the National Occupational Classification (NOC).
Those who wish to immigrate to Canada can apply for jobs within Canada before immigrating. A job offer confirmed by Service Canada will greatly increase an applicant’s EE points. If a potential immigrant does not have a job offer, they should register themselves and their skills with the Employment and Social Development (ESDC) Job Bank. Job Bank is a website that matches applicants with jobs in Canada.
Clearly, Canada considers the legal immigration of foreign workers who can bring needed work skills and experience to Canada as a benefit to the country. They also wish immigrants to fit in by speaking Canada’s two official languages, English and French.
If you need help with your Express Entry application, contact Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant Mary Zhang at our office in Markham.