Canada Express Entry Program was launched in January, 2015 by the Citizenship and Immigration Canada for skilled labor to come and join the Canadian work force. To understand it better, one must know that the invitations are open throughout the year.
The recent changes
According to the new system introduced by the IRCC, the whole process will now be electronic and all the PR applications will be managed only in this manner from now on. It has been named the Canada Express Entry System. Presently, the immigration programs under IRCC are - The Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), The Federal Skilled Trades Program, The Canadian Experience Class, A portion of the Provincial Nominee Program.
There is no restriction placed on the number of people who can apply through this program. Persons with experience in any field of work, any skill or professional background can put in their profile in the pool. This will allow the Federal and Provincial governments of the country to choose eligible applicants.
The Canadian employers and provinces will further choose from the pool, to find those candidates who can fill positions that are vacant. To be placed in the pool, an applicant must submit an expression of interest under any one of the programs. Following this, the highest ranking applicants will be sent an Invitation to Apply [ITA] under any of the above mentioned Canadian Economic Program.
Once an ITA is received, a candidate must submit a PR application that is fully completed. Such applications will take 6 months or less to be processed. The Canadian Express Entry requires an applicant to be eligible in terms of age, English language proficiency, work experience (in and outside Canada) and educational qualification.
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Essentially, the Express entry program has the following stages:
- Candidate files an on-line express entry form and may be asked to provide information related to his qualifications, experience, occupation, Language skills, Canadian Education, Canadian Experience, Spousal language skills and also presence of any blood relations in Canada.
- Canada Government will review his profile along with relevant documents and information and then indicate the suitable and selected program from – Federal Skilled Worker Program, Skilled Trade, Canada Experience Class and Provincial Nominee Program. For example: if candidate’s profile shows that he will likely meet required pass mark for one of these programs, his / her profile will then be published in Express Entry Pool.
- It will be assessed to check whether or not it meets the selection criteria of one these migrant programs. So, the selection criteria or minimum pass-mark to be eligible to file an application under Express entry program is the candidates must meet the basic criteria of one of these categories to be eligible to qualify to be accepted in the “pool” of applications.
- If he does meet the basic selection criteria, then his application will figure in a “pool” of candidates.
- The electronic system will then rank the pool of applications and higher the candidate appears in the rank, better are the chances for him to get an invite for filing a Canada PR application.
- Candidates who meet the selection Criteria and have a confirmed job offer from a Canadian employer will be ranked higher in the Express entry pool and will get invite to file the PR application from IRCC.
- Candidates meeting the basic selection criteria aspiring for should attempt for job search to find suitable employment to increase chances of receiving an invitation.
- Candidates can conduct an active job search and mail their profile directly to various employers and against advertised vacancies on the net.
- In addition, candidate can file their profile/resume in the Canada “Job Bank” where Canadian Employers, federal and provincial governments will assess it. Job Bank will help to connect Express Entry candidates with eligible employers in Canada.
- Also, each of the provinces will have a limited quota of candidates it can nominate and hence the provinces can also be approached for nomination. Candidates meeting selection criteria, having a provincial nomination will mean a “higher” rank in the pool.
- Candidate will be issued a job offer in Canada supported with Labor Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) from Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC).
- Once he is offered LMIA, Government of Canada will immediately invite him to submit an application for permanent residence visa, which is called Invitation to Apply (ITA). Once he receives ITA, he will have to submit an application for permanent residence visa within 90 days with required documents.
- Citizenship and Immigration Canada will process the majority of complete applications (meaning those with all the necessary supporting documents) in six months or less.
- Candidates can stay in the pool for up to 12 months. If they do not get an Invitation to Apply for permanent residence within 12 months of submitting an Express Entry profile, they may submit a new profile. If they still meet the criteria, they can re-enter the pool.
- Qualification / Education Assessment.
- Customized Document Checklist and critical document templates.
- Guidance on key documentation requirements.
- Filing of online application form to create profile for Invitation.
- IELTS Guidance document.
- Reference letter Templates.
- Self Declaration Templates.
- Police Clearance Certificate Procedure.
- Guidance on Medical.
Canada Express Entry FAQs
- What is Canada Express Entry?
Canada Express Entry 2015 is a new way to manage applications that IRCC receives through various economic immigration programs. People who qualify and meet the criteria of these programs will be placed into a database pool. The Canadian employers, Government of Canada, Provincial and Territorial Governments will be able to directly short list candidates from this pool.
- How Does It Work?
Candidates with the highest scores in the pool will be issued an Invitation to Apply (ITA).
Candidates will be awarded points for:
- a job offer and/or
- a provincial/territorial nomination and/or
- skills and experience – factors that contribute to success in Canada.
- Is There a Different Point-Based System Canada Express Entry Scheme?
- 200 points, if the offer is for employment in an occupation contained in Major Group 00 of the National Occupation Classification.
- 50 points, if the offer is from the remaining groups of NOC (0,A &B)
4. When Will The Express Entry System Be Launched?
The Express Entry system was launched on January 2nd, 2015.
5. Are All Immigration Programs Covered Under Canada Express Entry?
No, Canada Express Entry will apply only to three Canadian economic programs:
- Federal Skilled Worker Program.
- Federal Skilled Traders Program, and
- Canadian Experience Class.
6. Are Canada Express Entry Requirements Different from Other Immigration Programs?
Express Entry requirements are no different from the above immigration program requirements. Express Entry Canada is not a new economic program in itself, but a novel way to manage the applications IRCC receives online through the various immigration programs it runs throughout the year. It will enable IRCC to simplify and deal with online applications and process them faster to reduce the wait time.
7. Is there Any Cap to Canada Express Entry Pool?
Any number of people can submit their profile in the Express Entry Pool. There's no limit/cap as such. However, Invitations to Apply (ITA) for Permanent Residence will be based on the Annual Immigration Level Plan.
- How Often Will IRCC send out ITAs?
IRCC will carry out draws every few weeks on a regular basis and post the results on its website. Candidates who receive ITA will have to submit a complete PR application which will be processed in 6 months or less.
All job offers received through Job Bank or through the Provincial Nominee Programs will be subject to Employment and Social Development Canada's (ESDC's) LMIA requirements in place at that time.
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Saskatchewan Express Entry Sub-Category Reopens With Expanded Occupations List (Accepting application who's profile is under Express Entry Pool ).
Eligible candidates in the Express Entry pool with work experience in one of these occupations will be able to submit an application for a provincial nomination under the SINP, resulting in 600 additional Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points being awarded and an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residence being issued during a subsequent draw from the pool.
|Occupations||SINP REQUIREMENTS RELATED TO|
PROFESSIONAL STATUS OR LICENSURE
|4||2133||Electrical and electronics engineers||Required|
|5||2141||Industrial and manufacturing engineers||Required|
|6||2147||Computer engineers (except software engineers and designers)||Required|
|9||2173||Software engineers and designers||Required|
|10||2175||Web designers and developer||Required|
|12||4212||Social and community service workers||Required|
|13||4214||Early childhood educators and assistants||Required|
|14||3211||Medical laboratory technologists||Required|
|16||124||Advertising, marketing and public relations managers||None|
|17||423||Managers in social, community and correctional services||None|
|18||1112||Financial and investment analysts||None|
|19||1122||Professional occupations in business management consulting||None|
|20||1123||Professional occupations in advertising, marketing and public relations||None|
|21||2211||Chemical technologists and technicians||None|
|22||2212||Geological and mineral technologists and technicians||None|
|23||2121||Biologists and related scientists||None|
|24||2123||Agricultural representatives, consultants and specialists||None|
|25||2225||Landscape and horticulture technicians and specialists||None|
|26||2231||Civil engineering technologists and technicians||None|
|27||2241||Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians||None|
|28||2242||Electronic service technicians (household and business equipment)||None|
|29||2243||Industrial instrument technicians and mechanics||None|
|30||2253||Drafting technologists and technicians||None|
|31||714||Facility operation and maintenance managers||None|
|36||7312||Heavy-duty equipment mechanics||Required|
|37||7321||Automotive service technicians, truck and bus mechanics||Required|
|38||7322||Motor vehicle body repairers||Required|
|40||811||Managers in natural resources production and fishing||None|
|41||821||Managers in agriculture||None|
View and download Canada Express Entry Handout. Your quick guide to migrate to Canada under Express Entry Program 2015.