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Express Entry

The Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has initiated a new Electronic System called Express Entry. It was launched on January 1st, 2015. It has been designed to manage the new applications for Permanent Residence (PR) for Canada.

The Express Entry would allow the visa agencies of Canada to assess and finally select the skilled immigrants under the various federal economic immigration programs:

o             The Federal Skilled Worker Program,

o             The Federal Skilled Trades program and

o             The Canadian experience class

Territories and provinces of Canada will also able to choose the candidates from the Express Entry system for their Provincial Nominee Program to meet their local skilled labour market needs.

Anyone acquiring for the Express Entry pool could get an Invitation to Apply for the permanent residence. The Draws are expected to take place in regular gaps over the course of each year. The top ranking candidates will be picked unconcerned of the fact that they are accepted in the pool.

The Express Entry system has two steps:

Step 1) Potential candidates have to complete an online Express Entry profile. The candidates, who qualify, are placed in a pool.

Before applying for the Express entry the candidates will include the qualifying test and score results of a language test. If the candidate has completed education outside of Canada, one has to show their Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) report that lists one`s degree in comparison to the Canadian education. The ECA’s are valid for five years while the language tests results expire after two years. The prospective candidates will complete an online express entry profile where they are asked to provide their:

o             Skills,

o             Work experience,

o             Language ability,

o             Education and

o             Other details needed by the CIC for assessment.

Those who meet the Federal Immigration Programs criteria are accepted into the pool of prospective candidates.

o             Candidates  are assessed on the basis of their education, age, experience etc. against others within the pool, and ranked on the basis of their economic success in Canada.

o             Only the highest-ranked candidates, and or  those with valid employment offers or provincial/territorial nominations, are invited to apply for permanent residence.

o             Anyone who does not have the job offer supported by a Labour Market Impact Assessment or a nomination from a province then they must register themselves with the Employment and Social Development Canada’s Job Bank.

o             The Job Bank will provide the list of the Express Entry candidates to the eligible employers in Canada.


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

Candidates are graded against each other in the pool using a points based system called the Comprehensive Ranking System. Points are awarded on the basis of the information provided by the candidates in their profiles. Candidates with the highest scores in the pool will be issued an Invitation to Apply. The Candidates are allocated the points for:

o             Offered job,

o             A nomination from a province,

o             Skills and experience factors.

A candidate gets additional points for:

o             A job offer supported by a Labour Market Impact Assessment Or

o             A nomination by a province or territory.

If someone is invited to apply, they will have 60 days to submit an online application for the permanent residence.

The CIC will process most of the complete permanent residence applications received in six months or less.

Candidates can stay in the pool for up to 12 months. In case they do not get an invitation to Apply for permanent residence within the 12 months of submitting an express entry profile, they have to submit a new profile.