In January 2015, the new electronic application management system was launched by the Government of Canada, known as the Express Entry (EE).
EE is not a new immigration program, but a new way of applying for Canadian permanent residency under the following economic programs:
- Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP);
- Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP);
- Canadian Experience Class (CEC);
- Certain streams of Provincial Nominee Programs (PNP).
Key features of the EE:
– All candidates have to create online profiles, on the basis of which they will be assigned a score (max 1200 points) according to their education, skills, and experience based on the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS);
– IRCC will no longer process PR applications on “first-come, first served” basis, but select top candidates from the wide pool of skilled workers;
– Top-ranked applicants will receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) and will have to submit a fully completed PR application package to the IRCC within a specific time period;
– Score may be improved by obtaining provincial nomination or LMIA-supported Job Offer;
Minimum requirements to enter the EE pool:
– Must qualify under one of the following programs: FSWP, FSTP, CEC or PNP ( if seeking provincial nomination through EE);
– Pass the approved language proficiency test and meet the language threshold under the immigration program;
– Have work experience consistent with language ability under the program;
– Have foreign education assessed through the Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) process in Canada.
Note: Inconsistencies and errors (intentional and unintentional) in qualifications in EE profile or PR Application may result in a 5-year ban to apply for immigration due to misrepresentation. Contact our team for individualized assessment of eligibility, professional advice on the applicable EE criteria and assistance with every step of the EE application process.