The Express Entry system is one of the most popular ways of immigrating to Canada, and it is a Federal immigration system to Canada that aims to bring qualified immigrants into the country, based on their skills and ability to contribute to Canada’s economy. The Express Entry is a point-system, which takes into account the following factors:
- Education Level
- Arranged Job Offer
- Work Experience
- Language proficiency
The Express Entry system selects qualified applicants from one of the following programs:
Federal Skilled Worker
This selection is based on the applicant’s ability to settle in Canada and contribute to the Canadian economy
Federal Skilled Trades Worker
The Federal Skilled Trades Program is for skilled workers who want to become PR based on being qualified in a skilled trade
Canadian Experience Class
This is a pathway for temporary residents with authorization to work to transition to permanent residence.
Provincial Nominee Programs
Only certain PNPs are permitted to use the EE process to select applicants to fill their regional labour shortages.
There are various requirements that must be met before you can apply for a Express Entry. Below is a list of what you will need and the criteria that must be met:
- You must meet the eligibility requirements for one of the Immigration Programs that are processed by Express Entry. Each program has its own eligibility requirements. If you meet the requirements, an expression of interest to apply can be made by creating a profile detailing personal information including skills, work experience, language ability (test scores), education
- All candidates who meet the eligibility requirements to apply with be placed into a pool and are ranked using a Comprehensive Ranking System. Periodically, a certain number of the highest-ranked applicants will be invited to apply for Permanent Residence. Once a candidate receives an Invitation to Apply (ITA), they have 90 days to submit an application for permanent residence with ALL necessary accompanying documents. All required documents must be submitted within this timeline, otherwise, they will be refused. After completing the process, successful candidates and their dependents (spouse and children) can land in Canada as Permanent Residents and be on their way to becoming Canadian Citizens.
- Candidates who are in the Express Entry pool and have yet to receive an ITA (invitation to apply), will remain in the pool for 12 months and maybe selected at a future date. If a candidate is not selected after being in the pool for 12 months, a new expression of interest can be made by creating another profile.