Express entry is an electronic process involving selection of skilled immigration for Canada. The express entry selects the candidate for immigration to Canada by the following economic programs:
- Federal Skilled Worker Class (FSWC)
- Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP)
- Canadian Experience Class (CEC)
- Provincial Nominee Program (PNP)
In order to be eligible for the Express entry, you must come under the aforementioned programs. The next steps to create an online profile which is known as Express Entry Profile. It will include your work experience, language proficiencies, skills and educational credentials. Once you fill in the Express Entry profile you will be added to the Express Entry pool of candidates. You will be scored and ranked according to the strength of your profile. Candidates with top scores are invited to apply for permanent residence.
The express Entry profile is created online and is free. You can take up to 60 days to complete it. Once your profile is added to the Express Entry pool you can make a Job Match account with Job Bank which will help you extensively in your job search. This will help you not only to find suitable jobs according to your credentials but also to help you promote yourself to top employers and recruiters. A valid job offer may leads to a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LIMA) by your employer, which can add additional points in your Express Entry Profile.
The Express Entry Pool uses a points-based system known as the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) to rank its candidates. Scores are given based upon the information provided in your profile from the following categories:
- Language Proficiency
- Work Experience
- Having a Canadian Degree/diploma/certificate
- Having a valid job offer
- Having a nomination from a province/territory
If candidates are invited to apply they have 60 days to submit an online application for Canadian permanent residence. The processing can take up to six months or less. You can stay in the pool for up to one year. If you haven’t received an invitation to apply (ITA) in 12 months you will have to submit a new profile to re-enter the pool. It is advised to update your profile in case of any changes.
Candidates can score additional points if:
- They have at least one sibling residing in Canada who is a citizen or permanent resident.
- They have strong French Language Skills
How to Apply after Invitation to Apply (ITA)
- Fill out the online application
- Attach requisite Documents
- Pay Fees
- Submit complete application
The following documents must be attached with the online application:
- Language Test Results
- Provincial Nominations (if applicable)
- Valid Job offers (if applicable)
- Financial proof
- Valid Passports
- Educational Credential Assessment reports
- Medical Exams
- Police Certificates
- Other documents mentioned on the document checklist
Note: If your passport expires within six months from the day you applied be sure to renew and update all new information.
When applying for a permanent residence the following fees must be paid:
- A non-refundable processing fee of $550 for each adult(s) (above 22 years of age) and $150 for each dependent(s) (under 22 years of age and unmarried)
- The right of Permanent Residence fee of $490 per person (This fee is refundable in case you wish to withdraw your application or your application is refused.)
How to prepare for Express Entry?
There are a series of steps you must take before applying for the Express Entry program. Some are listed below:
- Take Language tests such as International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP) for English. For French Language, the Test d'évaluation du français (TEF).
- Get your foreign credential assessed which is called Educational Credentials Assessment (ECA) according to Canadian standards.
- Learn about the reasons for inadmissibility and take care of those if you may have any.
- Browse for available Provincial Nominee Programs.
What to do next?
Once you have uploaded your profile and received an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residence to Canada, make sure that you have submitted your complete application and paid your fees. The application will be assessed making sure that all information provident was true and you are eligible to immigrate and enter Canada. In case there is any change of detail regarding the following it must be updated as soon as possible:
- Births or deaths in the family
- Marriage or divorces
- Change in address or phone numbers
- Changes in a job offer
- Addition of a new education credential
- Updated language test results