Journal of Population Economics

, Volume 24, Issue 2, pp 451–475 | Cite as

Immigrant selection and short-term labor market outcomes by visa category

Original Paper


This paper studies the efficacy of immigrant selection based on skill requirements in the Canadian context. The point system results in a much higher skill level than would otherwise be achieved by family preferences. This positive selection is achieved by directly selecting higher-skilled principal applicants who are assessed by the point system and also indirectly through higher-skilled spouses. However, due to difficulties in transfer of foreign human capital, immigrants admitted for their skills do not necessarily perform better in the labor market and important factors used to assess admissibility have very limited power to predict short-term labor market success.


Immigration Point system Visa category 

JEL Classification

J61 J68 



I would like to thank the editor and two anonymous referees who provided valuable comments on earlier versions of the paper. I also benefited from comments received at presentations at Statistics Canada and CEA 2006 meetings. This paper represents the views of the author and does not necessarily reflect the opinion of any institution with which the author is affiliated.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Arts and Social SciencesSabanci UniversityIstanbulTurkey

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