As mentioned in our previous article, Canada is ramping up its immigration initiatives despite the COVID-19 outbreak. Since the start of the crisis, the country has managed to select more immigration candidates with Canadian experience compared to those without.
The Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) invite more candidates with experience for permanent residence since they’re already in Canada and are less likely to be affected by pandemic-related disruptions than Express Entry candidates who are currently residing abroad. What’s more, issuing ITAs to candidates who are already in Canada can help the CIC reach their intake targets outlined in the immigration levels plan much faster.
But beyond these obvious reasons, there are also important factors that prompt federal and provincial governments to look to target immigration candidates with Canadian experience.
Benefits of having Canadian experience
One of the reasons why Canadian experience is paramount is because research shows that having experience is a strong indicator that an immigration candidate will be able to assimilate quickly into the Canadian labour market and perform well in the coming years. According to the study conducted by the Canadian government itself, immigration candidates that exhibit the following characteristics are most likely to contribute to the growth of the economy:
- Young in age
- High level of education
- High proficiency in English and/or French
- Canadian experience
- Canadian job offer and/or a provincial nomination
Having Canadian experience also helps candidates improve their language proficiency, which happens to be a significant factor in the Comprehensive Ranking System. What’s more, candidates who are able to gain Canadian work experience or education are better equipped to demonstrate to Candian employers that they are armed with the skills and knowledge the employers are looking for. Living in Canada helps them develop social and professional networks, which we all know is important when it comes to finding work that aligns with one’s skills.
With all these being said, it’s important to note that Canadian experience is not considered superior to foreign work and study experience. But hiring a worker is often an imperfect process, with a major factor being comfort. Employers usually gravitate more towards workers who have local work experience.
What if I don’t have Canadian experience?
Just because you don’t have Canadian experience, doesn’t mean that you can’t already immigrate to Canada. The majority of Express Entry candidates still receive invitations to apply for permanent residence even though they lack Canadian experience. This is due to the fact that Canadian government research shows that immigration candidates without Canadian experience are also capable of integrating into the labour market quickly, because they also happen to possess the same characteristics, including high language proficiency, education levels, and/or the likes of a job offer or a provincial nomination.
If you don’t have Canadian experience and you still want to immigrate to Canada permanently, the country still welcomes your immigration application, no matter the case.
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