Express Entry Program

Author: Best Migration Canada |

Express Entry is open to all skilled immigrants and to allow the government to select the best candidates who are most likely to succeed in Canada, rather than those who happen to be first in line. This application management system used by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to manage and process applications received through three of Canada’s federal economic immigration programs for skilled workers.

Express Entry is a competitive immigration system, ranking all eligible candidates against one another and then inviting the best ranking candidates to apply for Canadian permanent resident status. Candidates are ranked against one another based on their age, education, language proficiency, work experience, and other factors.

This program will also prevent backlogs and allow Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) to better coordinate application volume with the annual immigration levels plan. Qualified applicants can expect faster processing times of six months or less when invited to come to Canada in four key economic streams: the Federal Skilled Worker Program, Federal Skilled Trades Program, Canadian Experience Class, and a portion of the PNP.

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The Express Entry form is not an application itself but only the preliminary stage in the assessment of a potential candidate. Keep in mind that not all candidates who file an Express Entry Visa are invited to apply for a permanent resident visa as selection will be based on the needs expressed by the authorities. There will be a larger role for employers in the immigration program, leveraged through “Express Entry”.

The Express Entry is a two-step Process

Step 1: Complete Express Entry Profile.

Candidates will be assessed against others within the pool, and be ranked based on criteria that are known to contribute to a newcomer’s economic success once in Canada. Only the highest-ranked candidates, and those with valid job offers or provincial/territorial nominations, will be invited to apply for permanent residence. The Government of Canada and Provincial Governments, as well as employers, will be able to select new immigrants from the Express Entry pool. The highest-ranked candidates (i.e. candidates considered to have the best chances for economic success in Canada), and those with valid job offers or provincial nominations, will be invited to apply for Canadian permanent residence.

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Step 2: Invitation to Apply for Canadian Permanent Residence.

If a candidate is selected, he or she will receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residence in Canada. He or she will then have 60 days to submit an electronic application for permanent residence. CIC aims to process applications within six months of the date of submission. Candidates must ensure that they complete all necessary forms and submit all supporting documents within this time frame. On completion of the process, successful candidates and their dependents (spouse and children) will land in Canada as permanent residents.
Candidates in the Express Entry pool who do not receive an invitation to apply for permanent residence in Canada after 12 months may resubmit their profile and re-enter the pool if they still meet the criteria of at least one of the economic immigration programs.

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This long awaited program aims to make immigration faster, more efficient and result in satisfied employers and applicants. At this time, the program appears to be making Canada an option to a greater number and variety of skilled workers who are interested in immigrating to Canada. Remember, the sooner you start the process, the sooner you can have a chance to succeed. Discover how BMC Immigration Services can assist you in applying for Canadian Permanent Residency by filling out our ONLINE ASSESSMENT FORM or send inquiry to today.