Registration in the job bank has been made voluntary by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) for all Express Entry candidates. In the past two and a half years, this has been a compulsory step for all the applicants who did not had a provincial nomination or a qualifying job offer.
Till June 6th, 2017, the application of candidates who failed to register with the Job Bank got expired within 30 days. Applicants who did not have a provincial nomination or a job offer, and who were still not registered with the Job Bank, were not found eligible for selection during the Express Entry draw from IRCC from the pool. Starting from June 6th, however, this is no longer the case.
According to a senior policy analyst from IRCC, till this time, in case an applicant did not had a provincial nomination or a job offer, the person had to go online and register with the Job Bank before he or she can be considered eligible to be entered in the Express Entry pool. The Senior analyst was speaking at a Canadian immigration summit held in Ottawa last month.
It was seen that there were not enough matches that were taking place in the Job Bank. Matches were, however, happening and because of this reason this requirement has been made optional in place of a compulsory step.
The Job Bank is a free resource that is supported by the government and its purpose is to connect potential employees with employers according to the experience and skills. It is for this reason candidates in the Express Entry pool may be able to see some value by having a presence in there.
Since, the compulsion to enroll in the Job Bank has been removed, the government of Canada has made it easier for applicants to create their profile for the Express Entry pool. This will also create the environment in which employers and candidates can engage in other types of recruitment practices, such as traditional networking practices and online job search tools.
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