Express Entry—This is a new process introduced by Canada in January 2015 to choose permanent residents based on the experience and skills needed in development of the economy. Express Entry is an online process based on a ranking system.
Recent changes to Express Entry system—
It may be noted that Canadian territories and provinces can recruit candidates from Express Entry system through their respective PNPs (Provincial Nominee Programs) for meeting local labor market requirements.
To get qualify under Express Entry Canada, any applicant should be eligible under any of the following three immigration programs–
Two steps of Express Entry Canada—
Those who fulfill the eligibility conditions of one of the three immigration programs (Canadian Experience Class, Federal Skilled Worker Program, Federal Skilled Trades Program) shall be accepted into a pool of candidates.
Any candidate not having a job offer supported by an LMIA (if it’s needed) or a nomination from any Canadian province/territory needs to get registered with ESDC’s(Employment and Social Development Canada)Job Bank. Job Bank helps Express Entry candidates get connected with eligible employers in Canada.
Candidates can promote themselves with potential employers using recruiters, job boards etc. Employers usually require an LMIA from ESDC for any job offer to be valid in Express Entry and get points.
Highest ranking candidates get invitation to apply for permanent residence—Candidates get ranked against others in Express Entry pool on the basis of a point-based system known as CRS (Comprehensive Ranking System). Points are offered on the basis of information provided in their profile.Those with highest scores get an invitation to apply. Points are awarded for following—
Additional points are awarded for—
Such additional points make a candidate rank sufficiently high to get invitation to apply at the next eligible round of invitations. CIC (Citizenship and Immigration Canada) processes most of applications within six months or less.
Any candidate can stay in the pool for a maximum period of up to one year. They need to submit a new profile if they don’t receive an invitation to apply for Canada permanent residency within one year of submission of their Express Entry profile. They may re-enter the pool if they fulfill the eligibility requirements.
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