Immigration Gridlock: Assessing Whether Canada’s Express Entry is an Effective Immigration System for International Students’ Transition into Permanent Residency?

  • Chen Wang University of Ottawa, Canada
Keywords: Express Entry, Expression of Interest (EOI), Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA), Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations (IRPR), international students, permanent residency

Abstract

This research critically analyzes the introduction of the Express Entry system in Canada, requiring foreign nationals to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) and wait for an invitation before being allowed to apply for permanent residence. Drawing on available empirical data, I argue that this reform jeopardized international students’ chance to become permanent residents. Despite recent modifications that intended to improve their situation, the pathways to permanent residence of international students are still restricted. Particularly, international PhD students are negatively impacted as the previously existing PhD stream under the Federal Skilled Worker Program covertly disappeared from the current regime. This research concludes with suggestions on how to further modify the current immigration system to facilitate international students’ transitions into Canada.

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Author Biography

Chen Wang, University of Ottawa, Canada

CHEN WANG is currently completing a PhD in Law at the University of Ottawa. Her research interests include legal theory and methodology, public international law, immigration and refugee law, and feminist legal studies. Portions of this paper are completed under Professor Naomi Alboim’s supervision. I have also benefited from incisive comments by Professor Angela Cameron, Professor Yin Yuan Brandon Chen, and Professor Jamie Chai Yun Liew.

Published
2018-04-01
How to Cite
Wang, C. (2018). Immigration Gridlock: Assessing Whether Canada’s Express Entry is an Effective Immigration System for International Students’ Transition into Permanent Residency?. Journal of International Students, 8(2), 1059-1078. https://doi.org/10.32674/jis.v8i2.132
Section
Research Articles