Canada Express Entry

Canada Express EntryCanada has considered as a dreamland for numerous skilled individuals especially from developing nations. With better employment opportunities as well as individual’s career growth, the country is a place for those who are in seek of rewarding quality life and handful salaries. Canada tops the chart of leading immigration destinations and it is one among those nations, who have first introduced immigration programs against Point Based System. It also offers a great choice of visa and immigration programs for self-employed, employed as well as businessmen categories. Canada is aimed at welcoming more skilled immigrants to migrate and work in Canada. Thus, it has launched a new immigration system entitled as Canada Express Entry, which has started its operations from 1 January 2015 onwards.

What is Canada Express Entry system?

The Citizenship and Immigration Canada has introduced an Express Entry system for skilled professionals and tradesperson who would like to migrate to Canada as permanent resident. The new selection system transforms entire Canada immigration process into a swift, flexible and responsive manner than ever before. Express Entry system is an electronic management system that manages applications under federal economic immigration program such as:

  • Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP)
  • Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP)
  • Canadian Experience Class (CEC)
  • A portion of Provincial nomination programs

Federal Skilled Worker Program

Federal skilled worker program is structured for overseas professionals who hold required qualifications, skills or experiences to fill the skill shortages in Canada and contribute to the country’s economy.

Federal Skilled Trades Program

Federal Skilled Trades Program is designed for foreign professionals who aspire to become Canada permanent residents depending on the qualifications and skills in a particular trade.

Canadian Experience Class

Canadian Experience Class is designed for overseas nationals who have resided in Canada for a certain period and have relevant skilled work experience, good command on English and French language skills, as well as adopted country’s culture.

Provincial nomination programs

This program is designed for individuals who have already nominated by Canadian province in order to migrate to Canada permanently. 

How Canada’s express entry system works

The entire process of Express Entry takes place in five different steps such as:

  • Initially potential applicants would create an online Express Entry profile, specifying all the qualifications and skills
  • Candidates with no job offer from an employer in Canada will be required to enroll themselves with the newly upgraded Canada Job Bank
  • Profile will be assessed and candidates who meet the criteria will placed into the pool of Express Entry
  • Candidates are given rank based on certain skills and job offer. The highest scoring candidates will be picked and issued invitation to apply
  • Successfully selected candidates will then apply for Canada PR under any of the aforesaid federal economic immigration program with a period of 60 days.

How candidates are ranked from Comprehensive Ranking System under Express Entry?

Under the express Entry system, candidates are ranked and picked based on the points based system named as Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). In CRS candidates profile will be assessed based on some key components such as:

  • Core human capital factors
  • Skill transferability factors
  • Provincial nomination or a valid job offer factor and
  • Accompanying spouse or common-law factors

On a whole 1200 points will be awarded under CRS.

For single candidates a maximum of 500 points awarded for core human capital factors, whereas candidate accompanying along with spouse, a maximum of 460 points will be awarded for core human factors of main applicant and 40 for core human capital factors of accompanying spouse or common-law partner. The rest 100 points will be awarded for Skill transferability factors and 600 for Provincial nomination or a valid job offer.

Who are eligible to apply for Express Entry?

In order to apply for Canada Express Entry system, applicant must be eligible for any of the aforesaid existing federal economic immigration programs. Though there is no eligible occupation list, candidates need to demonstrate that they have at least one year of work experience in any of the skilled occupation during the past 10 years.

Requirements for Canada Express Entry

  • Proficiency in English or French Language
  • Relevant work experience
  • Educational qualification
  • Can also hold job offer from Canadian employer


When to apply for Canada Express Entry system?

There is no specific time to apply for Canada Express Entry system. Interested candidates who abide required eligibility criteria can apply for Express Entry system at any time. After creating the profile, candidates can also update their profiles in the Express Entry pool.

Benefits of choosing Canada Express Entry system

  • No cap on applications number
  • Inspiring skills can be highlighted
  • Can update the profile even after submitting the online profile
  • No occupation list           
  • Can apply at any time
  • PR visa applications will be processed in a period 6 months or less
  • Greater flexibility
  • Reduces applications backlog
  • Accelerated way for Canada immigration

Since the launch of Express Entry system, so far three draws have successfully conduced and nearly 2500 are selected from the pool and invited to lodge applications for Canada PR.

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