You’ve heard it before: you want to go to Canada, but your employer won’t let you do it.
You need to get your green card, but that’s a big task, and you’re not sure what you’ll be able to find in your local labour market.
And the visa requirements are complicated.
That’s where EIISA, the Visa Application Process Improvement Act, comes in.
The federal government has introduced an EIisa card that’s aimed at helping Canadians apply for green cards more easily.
“This is the first time that EIIs have been introduced for a labour market where they are required to have a card in place,” says Joanna Markey, executive director of the Canadian Council for Refugees.
“We believe this card will be the best tool for the Canadian labour market, particularly those who are seeking work, who are looking for work, and who are trying to get a green card.”
For those who aren’t already employed, the card will let them access benefits like job search and family reunification.
The card costs $60, plus the $10 application fee.
But those who already have a green cards will have a much easier time of it.
“The best way for us to increase the number of green card applications we can process is by increasing the number and the complexity of the EIs that we are processing,” says Markey.
“It is important that Canadians are able to understand the process for applying for a greencard and getting it approved.”
The bill also includes a provision to make it easier for Canadians to apply online.
It will also make it simpler for employers to apply and to track how many workers have applied for the card.
And it will allow employers to track their own labour market needs, which is good news for those who need help to get the green cards.
The bill is still in draft form, so there are a few hurdles to clear before it becomes law.
But the federal government says it’s ready to make this happen.
“I think that the EIs that we have in place now, the labour market information that we can gather and make available to employers is going to be very important for them to be able be able make decisions about who they are hiring, and what skills they need to be successful in the labour markets,” says Immigration Minister Chris Alexander.
The government also plans to create a portal for employers, so they can find workers on the EIS and get the information they need.
“There are a lot of things that we need to do, including we want to be making sure that we’re providing the most accurate information about who we are hiring,” says Alexander.
“But I also want to make sure that the information we are providing is being able to be accurate.
And I think that is the biggest concern of employers in the workplace, particularly for those looking to hire, and those who may need help getting a green or permanent residence.”
The government says EI Visa cards will help those looking for jobs to find those who might be able fill those positions.
“Our EI card program is designed to enable people who want to apply to Canada to access the same types of opportunities as other Canadians,” says Trudeau.
“For people who may be unemployed or who are unemployed and want to get to work and work and earn a living, that is something that people can do.”