CANADIAN IMMIGRATION- EXPRESS ENTRY
Are you a skilled worker looking to expand your horizons in another country? Are you interested in relocating to Canada by yourself and or with your family? The Government of Canada recognizes the positive impact that skilled workers can bring to the Canadian economy and, thus, has implemented numerous economic programs for foreign nationals to obtain permanent residency. A widely popular pathway for Canadian permanent residency is through the online Express Entry system (EE), which offers faster processing times. Applicants under EE can expect their permanent resident applications to be processed in six months or less.
Foreign nationals in or outside Canada with skilled work experience can directly apply for Canadian permanent residency through EE, and to have their dependent family members included. The EE system offers three Federal economic programs; Federal Skilled Trades, Canadian Experience Class, and Federal Skilled Worker. All of which have different eligibility requirements. After the individual reviews the requirements for each of the programs under EE and determines their eligibility for one or more of them, there are two steps to acquiring permanent residency under the EE system.
Step One: EE Profile
The foreign national must submit a profile to be considered a candidate in the EE pool. Candidates will be ranked based on the points awarded through the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). A maximum of 1,200 points can be given. Points are awarded based on skills, education, language, work experience, and other factors. IRCC does not allow for multiple EE profiles at the same time. EE profiles can either be found to be ineligible or expired, resulting in the removal of the applicant from the EE pool. Expired language tests and educational assessments can be reasons for an ineligible profile. EE profiles are only valid for 1 year, thus, if a permanent residence application under EE is not submitted before this deadline, a new profile has to be submitted.
Step Two: Invitation To Apply
IRCC typically holds an EE draw every two weeks, in which they invite top candidates who meet the minimum cut-off scores for each draw to apply for permanent residency. Candidates who have been invited, have 60 days to submit their permanent residence application.