With effect from 1st January 2015, Canadian Government has introduced a new process for selection of skilled professionals and tradespersons wishing to immigrate to Canada and live and work in Canada as a permanent Resident. The new Canada skilled immigration selection process introduced by Citizenship and Immigration Canada and called Express Entry to Canada has generated a lot of excitement and rightfully so. Thankfully, with announcement of Express Entry points system and Express entry application process, the applicants can start filing their applications to be filed under Federal Skilled worker Class for immigration to Canada.
Our opinion and view is that this is landmark change and opens door for immigration to Canada for interested Candidates like never before. Here are key features of the Canada Express Entry Program:
How Express Entry works
Express Entry is used to manage applications for permanent residence under these federal economic immigration programs:
Provinces and territories can also recruit candidates from the Express Entry system through their Provincial Nominee Programs to meet local labour market needs.
Ministerial Instructions set out the rules for governing the Express Entry application management system.
The Express Entry system has two steps:
Step 1) Potential candidates complete an online Express Entry profile
This is a secure form that they will use to provide information about their:
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.
In most cases when there is a job being offered to a candidate, employers will need an LMIA from ESDC. The LMIA process ensures employers have made an effort to hire Canadians 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).
Step 2) The highest-ranking candidates in the pool will be invited to apply for permanent residence
Candidates will be ranked against others in the pool using a point-based system called the Comprehensive Ranking System. Points are awarded using the information in their profile.
Candidates with the highest scores in the pool will be issued an Invitation to Apply. Candidates will be awarded points for:
A candidate can get additional points for:
These additional points will make a candidate rank high enough to be invited to apply at the next eligible round of invitations.
If someone is invited to apply, they will have 60 days to submit an online application for permanent residence. 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. This will prevent backlogs and ensure quick processing times.
Determine your eligibility — Skilled immigrants (Express Entry)
Skilled immigrants are chosen as permanent residents based on their ability to prosper in Canada. As of January 2015, CIC have a new system to manage how people with skilled work experience apply to immigrate to Canada. It is called Express Entry.
Express Entry covers three of CIC key economic immigration programs:
If you are eligible to immigrate under one of the above federal immigration programs:
Through Express Entry, provinces and territories will also be able to nominate candidates in the Express Entry pool under their Provincial Nominee Program where applicable.
To be eligible for Express Entry, you must:
You can use CIC online tool, Come to Canada, to see if you meet the criteria to get into the Express Entry pool.
You must show that you meet the minimum language requirements for the category you are eligible under and provide your language test results from an agency designated by CIC in yourExpress Entry profile.
Your language test results must be less than two years old on the day CIC get your complete application for permanent residence.Skilled work experience
According to the Canadian National Occupational Classification (NOC), skilled work experience means:
You must have at least 12 months of full-time, or an equal amount in part-time, skilled work experience. Full-time work means at least 30 hours of paid work per week. As of January 1, 2015, to come to Canada as a skilled immigrant, you must use the Express Entry system. This is a process where you:
The information in your profile will be used to determine if you are eligible to immigrate to Canada. If you are, you will be placed in a pool with other candidates and you will be ranked using several factors. Top candidates will be invited to apply and will then be able to apply online for permanent residence.Note: Completing an online Express Entry profile or entering the pool does not guarantee that you will get an Invitation to Apply for permanent residence.
To help you fill out your online profile, you may want to open this page in a different browser, tab or window while you do so. You can then refer back to this information as needed to guide you through the form. Before you start
To find your job title, code and skill type This job code is referred to as your "NOC code" in the Express Entry profile. See Find your NOC to find the NOC information that best matches your jobs. You will need this information again, so make sure to write it down and keep it with the other papers you need, such as your passport.Step 1: See if you may be eligible
You can use CIC online tool, Come to Canada, to see if you meet the criteria to get into the Express Entry pool. It will take you about 15 minutes. You will need your language test results, your NOC skill type or level described above and your Education Credential Assessment (ECA). When you get to the end, a reference number will show on the screen. Write it down. You will need it later when you go to build your profile.Step 2: Build your online Express Entry profile
If you get a positive result from Come to Canada, it will send you to MyCIC. If you do not already have a MyCIC account, you will need to create one. Then you will fill out an Express Entry profile to tell CIC about your:
You will need:
If you meet the Express Entry criteria, including the requirements for at least one of the three immigration programs, you will be accepted into the Express Entry pool of candidates. If you are invited to apply for permanent residence, CIC will tell you at that time which program to apply under.
Important: Submitting an Express Entry profile does not mean you have applied for permanent residence, or that you will be invited to. You have to be invited to apply by CIC, and will then need to give CIC more information in your application for permanent residence.Register with Job Bank
To finish your Express Entry profile you must register with the Government of Canada’s Job Bank if you do not already have:
Job Bank is an easy, online job search tool which will connect you with employers and jobs in Canada based on your skills and experience. If you do not register with Job Bank within 30 days your Express Entry profile will expire.If you are eligible: The Express Entry pool
If you meet the requirements, CIC will place you into the Express Entry pool of candidates. You will get a message in your MyCIC account to let you know. You will be given a score using a ranking system based on factors that have been shown to help immigrants prosper in Canada. The higher your score, the more likely you are to be invited to apply for permanent residence. CIC plan to issue Invitations to Apply to candidates from the pool regularly. If you are accepted into the Express Entry pool, you should start getting any supporting documents you may need for your application for permanent residence. You could get an Invitation to Apply at any time. You will have a better chance of being invited to apply if you:
You will get extra points for these factors. Note: you must update the information in your profile if your situation changes. For example, if: