The Express Entry system was introduced in January 2015. It is designed to streamline the process of applying for permanent residence through certain programs. Canada is looking for high levels of immigration to meet current and future labor market needs. The Express Entry program is designed to ensure Canada’s economic growth and long-term prosperity. Express Entry allows the Canadian government to actively recruit, assess, and select skilled immigrants through the Federal Skilled Worker Program, the Federal Skilled Trades Program, and the Canadian Experience Class. Each of these programs has a set of criteria which a potential immigrant must meet in order to be eligible for the program. Provinces and territories are also able to recruit candidates from the Express Entry system through the Provincial Nominee Program.
The Express Entry system is divided into two steps:
Step 1) Creating an online personal profile
The first thing that an applicant must do is complete an online profile. This profile and provides information about the applicant that is uses to assess whether or not the applicant is eligible for one of the Express Entry programs. Much of this information is the same as what you would provide in your CV. Providing more accurate and detailed information improves your chances of selection. Your profile provides information about your work experiences, your skills, your education, your level of fluency in Canada’s official languages (French and English), and any other relevant factors. Once your profile is completed, if you meet the criteria for one of the programs, your profile will be officially added to a pool of candidates. Once your name is in the pool of candidates, you wait for selection.
Most applicants must register with the Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) Job Bank. This Job Bank is designed to connect candidates with eligible employers in Canada. If you have an offer of employment supported by a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA), or a nomination from a province or territory, you do not need to register with the job bank.
It is very important to make sure that your profile is created correctly and that it shows your skills and qualifications in a way that enhances your chance of being selected and receiving a job offer. This is part of what we will do as your consultant.
It is also very important for you to continue to search for employment using other systems and tools. If you find a prospective employer who needs and LMIA from ESDC, we will gather the documents and draft the forms required to facilitate the process. We will also provide you and the employer with any services and representation necessary.
Step 2) Invitation to Apply for Permanent Residence
Once your profile is in the pool, it will be ranked using a point-based system call the Comprehensive Ranking System. This system assigns a point value to each of the categories found in your profile. For example, having a valid job offer is worth a certain number of points. Your work experience, education level, whether or not you have a job offer, and whether or not you have a provincial nomination are all factors that are considered. The government of Canada uses the point system to select which candidates they will invite to apply for permanent residence.
If you are invited to apply, you have 60 to make your application. This is another area where we do our best to assist you. We help you gather any documents and draft any forms required for your application. Once you have applied, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) then processes your application. Generally speaking, CIC processes most applications within six months.
Contact us today and ask for your eligibility for Canadian visa or immigration plans. You may fill out the free immigration evaluation form and after we assess your eligibility our staff will contact you.