In January 2015, the Canadian Express Entry option appeared, and people wanting to call Canada home were excited or worried. After all, the numbers didn't look good for some when an employment offer was needed to give you 600 points. It came on January 31 and the first draw came, and the lowest point score was 886, and just over 770 candidates received an invitation to apply for permanent residence.
Disappointment spilled around the pool because many people thought they would stay there and drown, then February came and the net returned to the pool and walaah, attracted 779 swimmers again, this time the point was lower, just over 800.
Swimmers began to feel hope, maybe this express thing can just work. If the result decreases, it may be a comfortable place for swimmers without a job offer. Many lawyers and consultants took care of preparation for the upcoming business summit. The phones were busy, people from all over the world wanted to jump into the pot, and some experts were too ready to push them. They knew the day would come and the result would be low enough for their customers.
Yes, that day has come and the result surprised some people. "Is it really one very wide open consultant asked his assistant, 481 points?" "Yes, yes," replied the clever assistant. Messages spread throughout Listserv and other communication forums such as wildfire, the biggest draw so far, and over 1,600 swimmers were saved from a very crowded pool.
Citizenship and Immigration Canada recommended express entry as a quick path to permanent residence, people invited to submit an application had 90 days to submit certain required documents and extend their stay, within six months or less qualified they will receive permanent residence.
The long-awaited unannounced day came on April 10; this day will be remembered by many, for various reasons. The minister had good news and proudly announced that just three months after the launch of Express Entry, he welcomed the first three candidates of Express Entry. "Did I just hear that … did he say he had three candidates? Three months equals three candidates – do math. After three months, out of 6,851 lucky swimmers who were invited to apply for permanent residence, the minister proudly welcomed the three. Two of the lucky three are students who have applied under the Canadian Experience Class and the other under the federal stream of qualified employees.
Well, what can I say, three people were taken out of the ranks, and the minister proudly welcomed them and actively welcomed "many more to follow."
Has anyone else said it is a bit disturbing or am I just too eager or overzealous to see the real purpose or benefit of the Express Entry service. Yes, okay, okay, please, no hatred, please, I understand. Minister Alexander said: "Recently, highly qualified candidates had to wait behind a very long squad before being considered for permanent residence." Do I read too much on this topic to believe that the minister is of the opinion that other candidates who have submitted applications in the old system and are currently waiting in queue are not "highly qualified"? However, it is still very important to remember that there are currently three people in the line, but 6848 is waiting with those who sit and wait for many months to make a decision.
I can be the only one who is not too excited about Express Entry, or at least sometimes its implementation. I was hoping that the minister would take further steps to reduce the backlog of people who are already waiting instead of creating another pile – I could say that another two stacks, one is still waiting in the pool and the other is waiting in the second line, that it is an 'invitation' ".
Correct me if I'm wrong or I'm just too impatient, expecting too large a system that is still experiencing increasing pain, but the express train seems to be very slow. Suffice it to say, the next draw should be around the corner and I really want to see the numbers.