It is no longer enough to have the right experience and skills to be approved for immigration to Canada. Recent changes in the Canadian immigration policies have made pre-arranged employment offers a very important part of the immigration procedure.
Job Offer Ensures Immediate Employment
The Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) believes that the new policy would enable new immigrants in Canada to start contributing to the Canadian economy as soon as they arrive. Though a job offer from a Canadian employer is a very important factor for an applicant, it is not in itself a guarantee of approval for immigration.
The other most important advantage of having a job offer prior to one’s arrival to Canada is the fact that the immigrants or their families would not have to struggle to take care of themselves, while they spend weeks or months searching for a job.
Job Offer in Every Immigration Program
The various immigration programs are designed by the CIC to prioritise applicants who have a pre-arranged job offer. Job offer is an important eligibility criterion under the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP). The Federal Skilled Trades program also requires a full-time job offer. Most Canadian Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) have listed job offers as an important eligibility criterion. The PNP applications that are accompanied with a Job Offer are processed on a priority basis and most are finalised within a little over one year.
Canada a Pioneer in Points System
Under the new points system introduced by the CIC, additional points are given for candidates who have job offers. Canada is the first country to introduce the point system of selection for immigration purposes. It was a pioneer in the field of innovative immigration policy-making. This saw a sudden spike in the number of immigrants applying for Canada. But a lack of proper infrastructure to process all the applications saw a slowdown in new immigrations.
In 2008, the CIC was faced with a backlog of 600,000 applications while having the capability to only process 200,000 applications per year. The drawback also included the inability of the existing system to filter out ineligible applications. The only effective way forward was to introduce the point system enabling the eligible applicants to immigrate on a priority basis.