The demand for highly-skilled workers continues to grow across Canada and, therefore, on January 1, 2015, the Canadian government launched the Express Entry system for immigration to Canada.
Express Entry is an electronic Canadian immigration system for skilled foreign workers that manages applications for a Permanent Resident (PR) Visa to Canada in a very FAST and EFFICIENT way for the following programs:
- Federal Skilled Workers Program (FSWP)
- Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP)
- Canadian Experience Class (CEC) Program.
Foreign workers can also apply for the Provincial Nominees Program (PNP) through the Express Entry system or using the “traditional” application method.
Provinces and territories across Canada that are looking for qualified skilled foreign workers are able to review the profiles of Express Entry candidates who register with the Canadian government’s Job Bank and may “nominate” skilled foreign workers for the Provincial Nominees Program (PNP) if they seem to meet the criteria established for their particular province or territory.
The Express Entry system for immigration to Canada involves two major stages.
The authorized immigration consultants who Canadian Visa Expert works with can assist you through both major stages of the Express Entry procedure.
Stage One – Express Entry Profile
During the first stage of the procedure, skilled foreign workers will complete an online Express Entry profile which will include details about their education, language abilities, job skills, work experience, age and other details.
Canadian Visa Expert offers a beneficial service, provided by the authorized immigration consultants we subcontract, to correctly file the Express Entry profile on behalf of its clients.
People who meet the criteria for one of the “economic immigration” programs mentioned above (i.e., FSWP, FSTP, CEC or PNP) will be placed into the pool of Canadian immigration candidates and will be ranked according to the others in the pool on the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS).
Those who have a qualifying job offer from a Canadian employer or who have received a nomination from a province or territory in Canada “will be given high scores in the ranking system.
If a candidate does not have a valid job offer from a Canadian employer or a provincial/territorial nomination when they submit their Express Entry profile, then he or she should register with the Government of Canada’s Job Bank, which will connect him or her with eligible Canadian employers so that he or she may obtain a valid job offer.
Canadian employers will be able to access the profiles of those who register with Canada’s Job Bank so they can find eligible skilled foreign workers and extend to them offers of employment in Canada.
Provinces and territories across Canada will also be able to search the Job Bank and may offer nominations to their Provincial Nominees Program (PNP) to skilled foreign workers who seem to meet their eligibility requirements.
Stage Two – Invitation to Apply
In the second major stage of the Express Entry process, the Canadian government will review the qualifications of skilled foreign workers in the pool and will select eligible candidates (based on skills, experience, points and other factors) to be invited to apply for a Permanent Resident Visa to Canada.
In general, in order to receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for a Permanent Resident Visa to Canada, a candidate in the Express Entry pool must have one of the highest scores on the Comprehensive Ranking System OR receive a qualifying Canadian job offer OR be nominated for a Provincial Nominees Program (PNP).
Those who receive an ITA will have 60 days to submit an electronic application for Canadian Permanent Residence and will normally be given a response within only 6 months.
That is why this Canadian immigration system is called Express Entry!
People who do not receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for a PR Visa to Canada after being in the pool for 12 months will be removed from the pool, but they may then submit a new Express Entry profile to re-enter the pool of Canadian immigration candidates, if they meet the criteria for the eligible Canadian immigration programs at that time.
The authorized immigration consultants who work with Canadian Visa Expert can assess your eligibility to apply for Express Entry and, if you qualify, they can help to make the procedure go as smoothly as possible for you and your family.