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First candidates selected under Express Entry become permanent residents
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First candidates selected under Express Entry become permanent residents

Minister Alexander welcomes some of the first permanent residents to Canada under Express Entry.
Minister Alexander welcomes some of the first permanent residents to Canada under Express Entry. (CIC)

Only three months after the Express Entry system was introduced, the first three successful candidates became Canadian permanent residents. They are Emma Hughes from Ireland, Yaoyao (Anita) Zheng from China and Xin (Frank) Zhao, also from China.

Hughes applied under the Federal Skilled Worker stream. She is now working as an application scientist for EcoSynthetix in Burlington, Ontario. Zheng and Zhao were both international students who applied under the Canadian Experience Class. Zheng studied Supply Chain Management and graduated from Humber College. She is currently employed as a dispatch logistician at DMA Logistics in Mississauga, Ontario. Zhao studied Business Accounting at Mohawk College and graduated in 2003. He is working at Wing on New Group Canada, in Markham, Ontario.

Launched in January 2015, Express Entry is a new electronic system for managing applications for permanent residency for three federal economic immigration programs: the Federal Skilled Worker Program, the Canadian Experience Class and the Federal Skilled Trades Program. Provinces and territories can also use the Express Entry system to select a portion of candidates for their Provincial Nominee Programs. The new system aims to give permanent resident status quickly to the candidates with the qualifications that are most necessary for the Canada’s economy.

“Not too long ago highly qualified candidates had to wait at the back of a very long lineup before being considered for permanent residence,” says Alexander

“Not too long ago highly qualified candidates had to wait at the back of a very long lineup before being considered for permanent residence,” says Chris Alexander, Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration Minister.Under Express Entry we can now select the best candidates with skills our labour market needs and they’ll arrive in Canada, ready to contribute to our economy and communities more quickly.”

For the first three months of the system, 6,851 Express Entry candidates have received an invitation to apply for permanent residence. Most complete electronic applications under Express Entry will be processed in six months or less.

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