Canada Express Entry Immigration

Canada Express Entry is the most popular immigration system offering Canadian permanent residence, introduced by the federal government in January 2015 to replace the old “first come, first served” process.

What is Express Entry and how does it work?

Express Entry is not an immigration program in itself, but a method for selecting the best candidates for Canada’s existing skilled worker immigration programs.

Applicants who meet eligibility criteria submit an online profile known as an Expression of interest (EOI), under one of 3 federal Canada immigration programs or a participating provincial immigration program, to the Express Entry Pool.

Candidates’ profiles are ranked against each other according to a points-based system called the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). The highest-ranked candidates will be considered for an invitation to apply (ITA) for permanent residence. Those receiving an ITA must quickly submit a full application and pay the processing fees, within a delay of 60-days.

The federal government aims to process complete PR applications in only 6 months.

Which Programs Are Covered by Express Entry?

  1. Federal Skilled Worker Program

  2. Federal Skilled Trades Program

  3. Canada Experience Class

  4. Select streams under Provincial Nominee Programs

What Are Some Advantages of Express Entry?

  • Points are awarded based on core factors such as age, education, work experience and language ability.

  • Significant points are also available for a qualified job offer and a provincial nomination.

  • The top-scoring candidates are issued Invitations to Apply for permanent residence via periodic immigration draws, usually every two weeks.

  • Once issued a coveted ITA, the candidate has 60 days to perfect their application for permanent residence under one of the programs above.

  • If they fail to make the 60-day deadline, the ITA becomes invalid.

  • The target processing time for applications received via Express Entry is six months, which is achieved 85 per cent of the time.

  • Ability to alter the program quickly and efficiently based on Canada’s economic needs.

  • Better aligns Canada’s immigration intake with labour market requirements.

  • Candidates can improve their scores whilst in the pool, meaning they can work towards achieving an Invitation to Apply.

  • Offers a clear and realistic picture of a candidate’s Canada immigration prospects.

  • Dramatically reduced processing times by prioritizing those more likely to be successful.

  • Gives government flexibility on immigration through CRS changes and program-specific draws.

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