Overview of the Canadian Express Entry System
The Canadian Express Entry system is not a new immigration program, rather it is a way for Canada to better manage all economic immigration programs. It is designed to assist employers and provinces to connect with applicants who have the required skills and experience to adapt and establish themselves in Canada.
Express Entry Criteria
Applicants must qualify for one of Canada’s four economic immigration programs:
- Canadian Experience Class
- Federal Skilled Trades Program
- Federal Skilled Worker Program
- Provincial Nominee Programs
For applicant’s living outside Canada, this will normally mean qualifying for either the federal skilled worker program or the federal skilled trades program.
Canadian Experience Class
To qualify for the Canadian Experience Class through the Express Entry system, an Applicant must have at least 12 months of full-time skilled work experience in Canada, in the three years before you apply. The work must be full-time or an equivalent amount in part-time hours.
Self-employment and work experience gained while you were a full-time student (such as on a co-op work term) doesn’t count under the Canadian Experience Class.
Federal Skilled Worker Program
To qualify for the federal skilled worker program, you must have at least one-year of full time paid work experience in a skilled occupation. Skilled occupations are those jobs which are classed as managerial, technical and professional occupations under the Canadian National Occupational Classification.
You must also meet the minimum points criteria of 67 for the federal skilled worker program in order to be eligible to submit an application through the Express Entry system. This involves an assessment of your personal characteristics such as age, language ability, length of work experience, adaptability and education.
Federal Skilled Trades Program
The federal skilled trades program requires an Applicant to have a minimum of two years experience in a designated skilled trade within the past five years. An applicant must have a job offer from a Canadian employer who has secured a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) or a Certificate of Qualification from a Canadian provincial authority.
Provincial Nominee Programs
Most Provincial Nominee Programs require an Applicant to have met the Federal Skilled Worker criteria and submitted an application through the Express Entry system. These provinces will then send notifications of interest to Applicants who meet their labour market needs. A notification of interest will enable you to apply for Provincial Nomination. If a province nominates you will be allocated an additional 600 points in the Express Entry Comprehensive Ranking System.
Express Entry Process
Once you met the criteria for one of the skilled worker programs and have filed an application through the Express Entry system you will be ranked according to CIC’s Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). The Comprehensive Ranking System is based on a 1200-point ranking system. Candidates will then be ranked against each other. The highest-ranking candidates will receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residence.
Express Entry Canada Consultation Service
Book a consultation with us to assess whether you have a strong chance of securing an invitation to apply for permanent residence. Our Canadian Express Entry Consultation Service includes:
- Detailed eligibility assessment and strict legal merits test,
- Estimate of your Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) Score,
- Estimate of your rank via-a-vis other applicants,
- Identifying problem areas and potential issues of concern including gaps in evidence,
- Strategies to increase your CRS score and prospects of success,
- Your prospects of obtaining an ITA based on your assessed CRS Score,
- Ensuring that you have ALL of the necessary supporting documents before you apply,
- The most in-demand occupations under the Express Entry system,
- The low-down on finding a job in Canada,
- How to secure an LMIA validated job offer or Provincial Nomination,
- Processing times after ITA issuance,
- Advice regarding employment verification checks by CIC officers,
- Express Entry quotas in 2018 and beyond,
- Avoiding common reasons for refusal – 50% of Applicants receiving an ITA are refused,
- Addressing misconceptions about the Express Entry system,
- Review of other immigrant and non-immigrant programs if you do not qualify for one of the Express Entry economic programs, and
- If you have received an ITA we can review your initial submission and prepare your electronic permanent residence application.