IRCC: Job Bank Registration is now voluntary for all Express Entry
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IRCC: Job Bank Registration is now voluntary for all Express Entry Candidates

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Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has officially made the registration process in the Job Bank voluntary for all applicants of the Express Entry.

This is great news especially since for nearly three years, this process has been mandatory for every candidate that didn’t have a qualifying job offer or a provincial nomination. Until yesterday, each candidate’s application that was unable to register with Job Bank within the first 30 days, expired.

People that didn’t have a job offer or a provincial nomination, and were still unregistered in the Job Bank, were automatically ineligible for selection during IRCC’s draws from the pool. Starting from yesterday, June 6, 2017, this is no longer a mandatory process that candidates must do.

The Senior Policy Analyst from IRCC, when in a Canadian immigration summit held in Ottawa in May, said:  “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. 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.”

The Job Bank’s intention

The Job Bank is a free government source that has the main intention to connect all employers with potential and skilled employees. That is why, despite it is no longer a mandatory process, Express Entry candidates may still see much value in having a presence this source.

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