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Canada Express Entry

Canada Express Entry Overview

Skilled immigrants are chosen as permanent residents based on their ability to settle in Canada and who can contribute to Canada economy. There is a new system to manage how people with skilled work experience apply to immigrate to Canada. It is called Canada Express Entry.

In January 2015, Citizenship and Immigration to Canada (CIC) has launched a new electronic system called Express Entry to manage applications for permanent residence under certain economic immigration programs.

The Express Entry system is a first step to immigrate to Canada under these programs. Potential candidates will be able to complete an Express Entry profile at any time online. Note that there is no deadline to complete a profile and there is no caps on the number of candidates that are accepted to the pool.

Anyone who is accepted into the Express Entry pool could get an Invitation to Apply for permanent residence. Draws to invite candidates to apply are expected to take place at regular intervals over the course of each year. Candidates with the top ranking will be picked regardless of when they were accepted into the pool. If candidate has been invited to apply, they will have 60 days to submit a complete Application for Permanent Residence online.

The new program involve many improvements to Canadian immigration, including quicker processing times, greater accessibility to applicants from a wider variety of different fields, and a greater focus on the quality of applications.

Express Entry is used to manage applications for permanent residence under these federal economic immigration programs.

  • The Federal Skilled Worker Program,
  • The Federal Skilled Trades Program, and
  • The Canadian Experience Class.

Provinces and territories can also recruit candidates from the Express Entry system through their Provincial Nominee Programs to meet local labour market needs.

Who can apply?

Under the new Express Entry program, anyone will be able apply. Instead of needing to have experience in an occupation on a strict list of eligible occupations as with many other immigration programs, Express Entry will have no occupation list and applicants can present their credentials regardless of what industry or profession they are in. Unlike the restrictive FSW program, the new Express Entry program allows people from all occupations to apply without limiting availability to those fortunate enough to have their occupation included on a small list.

Getting prepared for Express Entry

There are many measures that prospective applicants can take to prepare for Canadian immigration through the Express Entry program. Below are some of the many steps that prospective applicants need to take:

IELTS: – a language test is required for almost every immigration stream that leads to a Permanent Resident visa. Documenting one's language ability may help them immigrate, and even if an IELTS is not required for Express Entry, the score may still help an applicant convey their English language proficiency to a potential employer.

Credential assessment: – Under the current FSW programs, foreign diplomas are given an equivalent value in Canada. The credential assessment can also be an important first step towards licensing or certification in their field in Canada.

Resume and reference letters: – Many people do not have an up to date resume and have not needed to ask their employer for reference letters. Beginning to update and edit a resume, as well as starting to determine how to obtain references may be useful for job searching or immigrating to Canada.

Use our free service to find out whether you could qualify for this visa. Fill out the assessment form. Make sure that all information provided is authentic in order to make a proper assessment.