Express Entry is not a Canadian immigration program in itself. It is rather a System for managing candidates ‘records in order to guarantee those whose records show that they possess the ability to become established in the Canadian community and who can quickly merge within the society and help build the economy, advance to a Permanent Residency application.
The Express Entry system manages records of 3 main Canadian immigration programs:
- The Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSW)
- The Federal Skilled Trades Program (FST)
- The Canadian Experience Class Program (CEC)
How Do I Qualify?
While each Canadian immigration program has its own qualification criteria, the Express Entry system has no specific qualification area of its own.
However, in order to be accepted into the Express Entry system (also known as the “Pool”), you need qualify for one of the 3 programs it manages, namely, FSW, FST or CEC.
Once you qualify for the Federal Skilled Worker, Federal Skilled Trades, or the Canadian Experience Class programs, your record will be input into the Express Entry system (The Pool) and will be assigned a score that depends on:
- Core Human Capital Factors
- Age, Education, Language Proficiency, etc.
- Skill Transfer-ability factors
- A combination of Education, Language, Experience & French language proficiency
- Additional Points
- Those who have blood relatives in Canada, have a job offer, or a provincial nomination
Your score will remain in the pool for a maximum of 1 year and will be subject to periodic draws by Citizenship and Immigration Canada, where records that has a certain score or higher will be drawn and sent what is called an ITA (Invitation To Apply).
Once you receive an ITA, the Canadian Government has authorized you to complete your application for the Permanent Residency within the program you were enrolled under when your record joined the Express Entry system.
Receiving an ITA is not a guarantee that you will receive a Permanent Resident visa. Your application must still be accurate, complete, error free and timely. Otherwise, your application may be rejected.
Your Next Steps:
When you fill our Free Assessment form, we will let you know what your current options are when it comes to one of the 3 programs included within the Express Entry system.
If you are qualified for one of the 3 programs, but your score in the pool is not very competitive, we will let you know that and will recommend ways to improve your score before you apply so that your record can stand a better chance of being selected in one of the periodic draws.
The Federal Skilled Worker
The Federal Skilled Worker (FSW) program enables you to be selected on the basis of your ability to become established in the Canadian community. This means that you have a set of skills and experiences that may enable you to succeed in Canada and a little bit of funds to sustain you when you arrive until you start your economic contribution.
How do I qualify?
There are minimum requirements to qualify for this program that are assessed against a total score of 100 points. You need to score a minimum of 67 points to qualify for the FSW programs. Those points pertain to the following elements:
- Your ability to become economically established in Canada.
- Your professional experience (at least 1 year of experience during the last 10 years)
- Your type of occupation (an occupation that is classified as category “0”, “A” or “B” by the National Occupational Classification) known as NOC.
- You have performed the actions described in the lead statement and a majority of the duties expressed in the description for your NOC and can evidence that with official documentation.
- You meet the language benchmark and have evidence of your language proficiency (IELTS, TEF or CELPIP) exams.
- If your education was overseas, you have it assessed by a Canada recognized entity
Federal Skilled Trades Program
This program was introduced in January of 2013. It aims at helping to fill Canada’s growing labor shortages in certain skilled trades by facilitating immigration through selection criteria that better reflect trades-persons’ particulars.
This program puts more emphasis on practical experience as many trades people could not meet the selection criteria established for the Federal Skilled Worker Program.
How do I qualify?
In order to qualify for this program, you should:
- Have an offer of employment in Canada OR a certificate of qualification from a provincial authority in a skilled trade.
- Have the ability to demonstrate proficiency in one of the official languages of Canada.
- Have the ability to demonstrate work experience in the skilled trade.
- Meet the Canadian employment requirements (for your trade), as described in the National Occupational Classification (NOC) system.
Canadian Experience Class
The Canadian Experience Class (CEC) program was created for those who may become permanent residents on the basis of their Canadian experience and who:
- Intend to reside in a province or territory (other than Quebec)
- Maintained legal temporary resident status during their qualifying period of work experience in Canada.
This program focuses on foreign workers who have work experience in Canada, on the basis of their existing familiarity with the Canadian society, and Canada’s job market, in addition to their knowledge of English or French and their specific abilities that could assist them in making a successful transition from temporary to permanent residence in Canada.
How do I qualify?
In order to qualify for this program, you need to have:
- Maintained your legal temporary status throughout the period that you will account for as “Canadian Experience”.
- An English or French language proficiency level equivalent to the requirement (which -in turn- differs according to your NOC).
- At least 12 months of full-time equivalent Canadian skilled-work experience at NOC 0, A or B acquired in Canada within the 36 months preceding the date of your application.
- It is not necessary for you to be employed at the time of application, but it is a MUST, that you have a legal status all through the period of your work experience and the time of your application as well.
If you believe the above description fits what you have, you can further test that by filling our Free Assessment Form. We will respond to you within 3 working days with a detailed report outlining your current situation and any relevant information that is specific to the data you sent us.
There are many requirements that you need to fulfill before you become eligible to apply for Canadian citizenship. The current requirements are as follows:
- Knowledge of Canadian history: You need to show your ability and knowledge of Canadian history, political system and overall local traditions, geography, etc.
- Tax dues: You must have filed your taxes for the preceding 3 tax years properly and on time
- Residency obligation: You need to have completed a minimum of 1095 days of physical residence in Canada within the last 5 years prior to submitting your application for Canadian citizenship
- Language proficiency: You need to demonstrate a certain level of English or French proficiency if you are between the ages of 18 and 55
- Be a law-abiding resident with no criminal offences during your residency that preceded your application and maintain that status all through the application process.
We will help you with a robust package once you have reached the eligibility for citizenship.
Our package includes:
- Providing you with all the required documents and forms for your application in addition to helping you fill them correctly.
- Submitting your file on your behalf in due time and with proper documentation included.
- Guiding you through the detailed requirements, where to obtain them, and how to be fully qualified to go through the application/examination process.