EXPRESS ENTRY: Job Bank Registration is now Voluntary, Optional Steps

Story By: Mr. M.

The Government of Canada Job Bank is a free government-supported resource that tries to connect employers with potential employees based on workers’ skills and experience. It helps aspiring immigrants make decisions about where to live and work through a report containing information on job descriptions, wages, skills, language training and job opportunities tailored to certain needs.

The Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has included registration in the Job Bank as a requirement for Express Entry candidates in the last two-and-a-half years. Fortunately, a change on this has been made and implemented since June 6, 2017. Registration in the Job Bank is now voluntary for Express Entry candidates because they may still see value in having a presence there.

“Up until now, if you didn’t have a job offer or a provincial nomination, you had to go and register with Job Bank first before you could get into the Express Entry pool,” said a Senior Policy Analyst from IRCC at a Canadian immigration summit held in Ottawa last May.

“We didn’t find that there were a lot of matches that were taking place in Job Bank. There were some, and we want that to continue, so we’re allowing people to go to Job Bank on an optional basis instead of as a required step,” he added.

Together with the other changes implemented recently, this improvement has definitely expanded the range of candidates who could benefit from additional points for a qualifying job offer. This has also given more candidates a chance of getting an Invitation to Apply (ITA).

The Express Entry has developed through the years and has now hosted more and more draws, issuing increasing number ITAs to applicants. If you are an aspiring immigrant to Canada, rest assured that more developments are to come and your chances will be better than before. To try and see your current score under the newly revised CRS points system, use the new and improved CRS Calculator.

All updates can be read here: Express Entry Changes: Fast-Tracking Potential newcomers with Siblings, other Skills

Mr. M.

Editor-In-Chief of Filipino Portal in Canada. He is a Business Analyst Graduate from University of Winnipeg.