What is the Express Entry system?
Express Entry: Are You Ready?
Express Entry is the main pathway for Permanent Residence (PR) to Canada. Are you eligible? If so, you could be looking at getting PR in as little as six months.
Don’t delay in applying. Rules and regulations change all the time and if you wait, you could miss out on an opportunity of a lifetime. Contact us today to get the answers you need.
Do I qualify?
The following is a brief outline of the entry requirements for each one of the Express Entry programs:
Canadian Experience Class (CEC)
Moderate ability in English and/or French. 1560 Hours of Skilled Canadian Employment in at least a 12 month period, obtained within the last three years.
Federal Skilled Workers (FSW)
Obtain 67/100 points in the FSW scoring table. Points are awarded for: Post Secondary Education Moderate ability in English and/or French. One year of skilled work experience obtained within the last ten years. Age Adaptability Factors.
Federal Skilled Trades
Basic ability in English and/or French Recognized Foreign Trade Qualification or Job Offer in Canada.
How does it work?
Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS)
IRCC draws top candidates from the Express Entry pool and gives them an ITA based on their CRS score. A perfect CRS score is 1200. A provincial nomination certificate is worth 600 points. Job offers are worth from 50-200 points. Aside from job offers and provincial nomination certificates, CRS points are allocated based on applicant’s age, education, work experience, ability in English/French, and education/work experience, and, family in Canada (if any).
Step One: Express Entry Profile
Once it is clear you are eligible under Canadian Experience Class, the Federal Skilled Worker Program or Federal Skilled Trades Program, the next step is to create an Express Entry profile. EE profiles must be created online and via a myCIC account administered by IRCC.
You will be required to enter information about your past work experience and education, as well as ability in English and/or French and other personal information. If you require assistance in submitting an EE profile, please book a consultation with us as soon as possible.
Step Two: Invitation to Apply & Permanent Residence
Once your Express Entry profile is created, and if you have a high CRS score, it is likely that you will received an Invitation-to-Apply (ITA) for PR within approximately two weeks. At this point you will have 60 days to submit all the required information, supporting documents and processing fees.
IRCC does not provide extensions to the 60 day deadline under any circumstances. PR applications under Express Entry can be extremely complex and if you require assistance, we ask that you book a consultation with us as soon as possible.
What is the #1 benefit of Express Entry?
Speed. Once an ITA has been given and an application for Permanent Residence submitted, IRCC may process and issue a Permanent Residence Visa in as little as six months.
Many other PR programs take longer, with some taking as long as 24 months. In addition persons inside Canada on a valid work permit may be eligible to extend their work authorization while they wait for their PR application to be processed.
Prepare for Express Entry
If you have a non-Canadian post secondary qualification you will have to get an Education Credential Assessment (ECA) from an organization or a professional body designated by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada. A full list of these organizations can be found here: Education Credential Assessment (ECA)