How does the Express Entry system work for Canadian immigration?

How does the Express Entry system work for Canadian immigration?

Overview of Express Entry

Key Features of Express Entry:

  1. Federal Skilled Worker (FSW)
  2. Federal Skilled Trades (FST)
  3. Canadian Experience Class (CEC)

Eligibility and Submission:

Eligibility Criteria for Express Entry

Applicants must possess at least one year of continuous full-time (or equivalent part-time) work experience in a skilled occupation within the last 10 years.

Candidates must demonstrate proficiency in either English or French by achieving a minimum Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) level seven on an approved language test.

Completion of post-secondary education assessed against Canadian standards through an Education Credential Assessment is mandatory.

Meeting the aforementioned minimum requirements does not guarantee an invitation to apply for Canadian permanent residence. Candidates with more robust profiles will be prioritized over those who only meet the minimum criteria.

What is the application process for Express Entry?

Step 1: Profile Submission

Step 2: Profile Evaluation and Pool Inclusion

Step 3: Invitation to Apply (ITA) and Application Submission

If selected, you will receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for Canadian permanent residence.

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Cost breakdown for Express Entry

Initial Expenses:

Government Fees (Upon Invitation to Apply):

Additional Expenses:

Settlement Funds Requirement:

No government fees are necessary to submit the initial Express Entry profile; fees are only required upon receiving an Invitation to Apply for Canadian permanent residence.

Processing time for Express Entry

Profile Validity:

Reactivation and Resubmission:

Invitation to Apply (ITA):

Permanent Resident Visa Processing:

Once immigration authorities receive your complete application, processing for the permanent resident visa by IRCC may take approximately six months.

Creating an Express Entry profile:

Account Creation:

Representation (if applicable):

If a representative is handling your profile submission, they will use the Authorized Paid Representatives Portal.

Eligibility Questionnaire:

Information Submission:

Automatic Evaluation:

Upon form submission, the Express Entry system automatically calculates your Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score and determines eligibility under specific programs.

Can I apply for Express Entry and PNP simultaneously?

If you are considering applying through a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP), you’ll eventually need to seek permanent residence from the federal government. The method of submission depends on whether your PNP aligns with the Express Entry system, categorized as ‘Enhanced.’

Maximum age limit for Express Entry

Can I submit multiple Express Entry applications?

No, it’s not possible to have two Express Entry applications for the same applicant simultaneously. However, if you have a spouse or common-law partner who is eligible, you can apply under their profile. While one applicant cannot have multiple Express Entry profiles, exceptions apply for families in certain circumstances.

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