The New Program for Canada Immigration is known as Express Entry, This is an electronic system for Canadian Immigration, designed to select skilled professionals under various categories. Express Entry is completely electronic system where eligible candidates can submit their applications into the Express Entry pool for immigration to Canada. Once your application goes into the pool, it will be retained there for a period of 12 months. The candidates can resubmit their profiles after 12 months.

Express Entry Pool Criteria

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

  1. FSW – Federal Skilled Worker Program
  2. FSTP – Federal Skilled Trade Program
  3. CEC – Canada Experience Class; and
  4. Some of the provincial nomination Program
The Express Entry system has two steps:
1) Potential candidates complete an online Express Entry profile

Potential immigrant has to complete an online Express Entry profile. This is a secure form that you will use to provide information about your:

  1. skills,
  2. work experience,
  3. language ability,
  4. education, and
  5. Other details that will help us assess them.

Those who meet the criteria of one of the federal immigration programs listed above will be accepted into a pool of candidates.

Anyone who does not already have a job offer supported by a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) (if you need one), or a nomination from a province or territory, must register with Employment and Social Development Canada’s (ESDC) Job Bank. Job Bank will help connect Express Entry candidates with eligible employers in Canada.

Candidates are also encouraged to promote themselves to employers in other ways, such as using job boards, recruiters etc.

For a job offer to be valid in Express Entry and receive points, employers will need an LMIA from ESDC. The LMIA process ensures employers have made an effort to hire Canadians and permanent residents for available jobs. There will be no LMIA fee for permanent resident applications.

Note: Entry into the Express Entry pool does not guarantee a candidate will be issued an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residence. Invited candidates still have to meet eligibility and admissibility requirements under Canada’s immigration law (Immigration and Refugee Protection Act).

2)The highest-ranking candidates in the pool will be invited to apply for permanent residence

Before creating their profiles, the candidates need to take a preliminary process- where their academic accomplishments are assessed. The profile of the candidates is judged by the Comprehensive Ranking System, also called CRS. The ranking system determines the eligibility of the candidates on certain criteria, like

  1. Core human capital
  2. Accompanying spouse or common-law partner
  3. Skill transferability
  4. Provincial nomination or a qualifying job offer of arranged employment

Once your application goes successfully into the pool, the CIC conducts short listing draws at regular intervals, to pick candidates scoring the highest marks, have a provincial nomination to their credit, have obtained provincial employment offers from an employer – through Canada Job Bank.

Comprehensive Ranking System

Before creating their profiles, the candidates need to take a preliminary process- where their academic accomplishments are assessed. The profile of the candidates is judged by the Comprehensive Ranking System, also called CRS. The ranking system determines the eligibility of the candidates on certain criteria, like

  1. Core human capital
  2. Accompanying spouse or common-law partner
  3. Skill transferability
  4. Provincial nomination or a qualifying job offer of arranged employment

Once your application goes successfully into the pool, the CIC conducts short listing draws at regular intervals, to pick candidates scoring the highest marks, have a provincial nomination to their credit, have obtained provincial employment offers from an employer – through Canada Job Bank.

Canada Job Bank

The Canada Job Bank works with Express Entry and enables eligible Canadian employers and skilled foreign nationals to connect with one another. Firstly the employer tries to find a Canadian or permanent resident to fill the job vacancy before hiring a skilled immigrant.

The short listed candidates are guided towards filing the second sets of applications for permanent residence. The CIC evaluate requests of the selected candidates within six months of receipt of completed requests

Federal Skilled Worker Program

From January 2015, CIC is processing the applications from Federal Skilled Workers through Express Entry for immigration to Canada. The eligible candidates need to create their Express entry profile

The CIC assess the applications based on the six factors

  1. Education
  2. Language Skills
  3. Work Experience
  4. Age
  5. Arranged Employment
  6. Adaptability

In order to qualify under the FSW category, the candidate needs to achieve 67 points out of the 100-point grid. On the basis of these points you will know whether you qualify for the express entry pool or not. In addition to these factors, you also need to provide proof of sufficient settlement funds, medical examinations & security clearances. The applicants also need to make sure that the occupation they are applying for is eligible and listed under National Occupation Classification.

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