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Express Entry

Since 2015, immigration for professionals to Canada has been managed through the Express Entry System, which has a processing time of up to six months.

Overview

The main goal of Express Entry, managed by IRCC, is to efficiently select skilled foreign workers who can contribute to Canada's economy. It's a point-based system designed to attract top candidates and streamline the immigration process, aligning with Canada's labor market needs and immigration objectives.

Eligibility

There are 3 immigration programs managed through Express Entry:

  • Have a minimum of one year of skilled work experience in Canada in the three years before applying.
  • Demonstrate adequate language proficiency.
  • There is no education requirement, but foreign educational credentials can be assessed for additional points.
  • Be admissible to Canada.
  • Plan to live outside Quebec.
  • Provincial nominees must settle in the province or territory that nominated them.
  • Ineligibility for the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) includes refugee claimants, unauthorized work, or work experience obtained without temporary resident status, with an exemption for foreign national physicians who can count certain medical service experience as Canadian work experience.

  • Have a minimum of two years of full-time or equivalent part-time skilled trade work experience within the past five years. The work experience must be in one of the specified NOC groups.
  • Have either a valid job offer for at least one year OR obtain a certificate of qualification in their skilled trade from a Canadian authority.
  • Demonstrate adequate language proficiency.
  • There is no education requirement, but foreign educational credentials can be assessed for additional points.
  • Proof of funds is required unless the applicant has a valid job offer in Canada.
  • Be admissible to Canada.
  • Plan to live outside Quebec.
  • Provincial nominees must settle in the province or territory that nominated them.

  • Have skilled work experience in one of these NOC Teer categories – Teer 0, Teer 1, Teer 2 or Teer 3.
  • Either hold a certificate, diploma, or degree from a Canadian secondary or post-secondary institution OR complete an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) for your foreign education.
  • Demonstrate adequate language proficiency.
  • Proof of funds is required unless the applicant has a valid job offer in Canada.
  • Be admissible to Canada.
  • Plan to live outside Quebec.

The minimum Express Entry pool entry criteria are to take an English or French test (IELTS/CELPIP/TEF/TCF) and have their Education Credential Assessment (ECA) done by a designated organization – mandatory for the FSWP, voluntary for the CEC and FSTP categories.

Those who meet the minimum entry criteria outlined above will be placed in the Express Entry pool. Each candidate is evaluated and assigned a score on a 1200-point scale, which considers factors such as their education, age, work experience, language proficiency, and more.

Candidates are then ranked relative to others in the pool. At regular intervals, a cut-off score is established, and those whose scores exceed this threshold receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for Permanent Residency. It's important to note that being part of the Express Entry pool does not guarantee that you will receive an ITA.

If you're looking to enhance your score and increase your chances of receiving an ITA, consider the following options:

1 /
Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA)

Candidates with a valid job offer in an NOC TEER 0 are awarded an additional 200 points, and candidates with a valid job offer in a NOC TEER 1, 2 or 3 occupations are awarded an additional 50 points.

2 /
Provincial Nomination

Candidates with a valid Provincial nomination have a significant advantage as they are awarded an additional 600 points and are therefore virtually guaranteed that they will rank high enough to be selected from the Express Entry pool and given an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for Permanent Residency.

3 /
Valid job offer and employer-specific work permit

An LMIA is no longer required for certain qualifying job offers to receive these additional 200/50 points. Your employer does not need an LMIA if you:

  • Have a valid job offer from the employer on your employer-specific work permit for at least 1 year;
  • Have been working full-time for the employer on your employer-specific work permit for at least 1 year (or part-time equivalent);
  • Have a valid employer-specific work permit that is exempt from an LMIA under an international agreement, a federal-provincial agreement or the Canadian interest’s category.

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Are you wondering which immigration stream is the most suitable for you? Are you a student or visitor in Canada and unsure how to get a work permit instead? Schedule a consultation and find out!

We offer consultation services from $150.