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By Azadeh January 4, 2024 0 Comments

The Canada Express Entry program is a flagship immigration program designed by the Canadian government to streamline the process for skilled workers to obtain permanent residency. In this article, we will explore the various options within the program, their eligibility criteria, and what each entails according to Canadian law.

Overview of Express Entry

Express Entry is not a visa in itself but a system used by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to select candidates for immigration to Canada. It’s used for three main federal economic immigration programs:

  1. Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP)
  2. Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP)
  3. Canadian Experience Class (CEC)

Additionally, it’s used by various Provincial Nominee Programs (PNP) to select candidates.

Eligibility Criteria

  1. FSWP: Aimed at skilled workers with foreign work experience who want to immigrate to Canada permanently. Key requirements include language ability (English and/or French), skilled work experience, and education.

  2. FSTP: For skilled workers who want to become permanent residents based on being qualified in a skilled trade. Requirements include language ability, work experience in a skilled trade, and meeting job requirements for that trade.

  3. CEC: For those with Canadian work experience in skilled occupations looking to become permanent residents. The key eligibility criteria are Canadian work experience and language ability.

How It Works

  1. Creating an Express Entry Profile: Candidates create a profile which is then scored using the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). Factors such as age, education, work experience, language proficiency, and others are considered.

  2. Receiving an Invitation to Apply (ITA): The highest-ranking candidates in the pool are invited to apply for permanent residence.

  3. Application for Permanent Residency: After receiving an ITA, candidates have 60 days to submit a complete application for permanent residence. IRCC aims to process most applications within six months.

Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs)

Several provinces and territories in Canada have immigration programs that align with the Express Entry system. These PNPs allow provinces to nominate individuals for permanent residence based on criteria set by the province.

Additional Considerations

  • Updating Profiles: Candidates can update their profiles to increase their CRS scores, improving their chances of receiving an ITA.
  • Document Requirements: Valid passport, language test results, education credential assessment report, provincial nomination (if applicable), and job offer (if applicable) are some of the essential documents.
  • Processing Fees: There are fees for processing the application for permanent residence.

The Canada Express Entry program is a dynamic and efficient pathway for skilled workers around the world to obtain permanent residency in Canada. Its flexibility and alignment with Canada’s labor market needs make it an attractive option for those looking to start a new life in Canada. Potential applicants should stay updated with any changes to the program and ensure they meet the eligibility criteria before applying.

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