EXPRESS ENTRY SYSTEM
It is way of choosing skilled immigrants as permanent residents based on their ability to settle in Canada and take part in their economy. It is called Express Entry. Firstly, applicant has to meet the criteria of Federal Skilled Workers Program (FSWP). The applicants are required to attain at least 67 points to apply under this program. The point system is based on below mention six selection factors.
|S. No.||Selection Factor||Maximum Points|
|3||Arranged employment in Canada||10|
|5||English &/ or French skills||28|
|Pass Marks: 67 out of 100 points|
How Express Entry works: Express Entry is used to manage applications for permanent residence under these federal economic immigration programs:
- the Federal Skilled Worker Program,
- the Federal Skilled Trades Program, and
- the Canadian Experience Class.
Provinces and territories can also recruit candidates from the Express Entry system through their Provincial Nominee Programs to meet local labour market needs.
The Express Entry system has two steps:
Step 1) Potential candidates complete an online Express Entry profile: Potential candidates will complete an online Express Entry profile. This is a secure form that they will use to provide information about their:
- work experience,
- language ability,
- education, and
- other details that will help us assess them.
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.
There is no LMIA fee for permanent resident applications.
Note: If you meet the entry criteria for the Express Entry pool, you are not guaranteed an invitation to apply for permanent residence. All applicants for permanent residence also need 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 job offer, and/or
- a nomination from a province or territory, and/or
- skills and experience factors.
A candidate can get additional points for:
- qualifying education in Canada
- Siblings in Canada who are PR and above 18 years
- Qualifying work experience in canada
These additional points can 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 90 days to submit an online application for permanent residence. Citizenship and Immigration Canada will process the majority of complete applications (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