Nearly half of the skilled immigrants who qualified for a chance to obtain permanent residency within the first three weeks of the launch of a new immigration system were not applying from abroad but were already in Canada, CBC News has learned.
Canada launched a new system known as express entry on Jan. 1 as a way to recruit the best and brightest of foreign nationals to fill open jobs for which there are no available Canadian workers.
The report, obtained by immigration lawyer Richard Kurland through an Access to Information Act request, shows there were 775 candidates who made it to the top of the express entry pool in the lead up to the first-ever draw. The new data lists their country of residence and their citizenship.
Where did the candidates come from? Many — 346, or 45 per cent of “the top 775 candidates in the pool” — resided in Canada, according to the Jan. 22 report prepared by the Department of Citizenship and Immigration.
Thirteen per cent were living in India, followed by 4.5 per cent in the United Arab Emirates. Smaller percentages resided in other countries.
“Please note that data is intended for internal CIC use only and has not yet been released to the public,” said an immigration official in an email dated Jan. 22. The cautionary note was underlined.
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