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Express Entry

Express Entry is a completely electronic process involving the federal government, provincial governments, and Canadian employers.

Express Entry will manage applications for permanent residence under following federal economic immigration programs.

How Express Entry Works?

Express Entry will function as a two-step process.

Step One: Potential candidates complete an online Express Entry profile

Interested candidates who meets the minimum requirement of one of the federal economic immigration progrmas (i.e. FSWP, FSTP or CEC will be able to  make an expression of interest application online and be a part of Express Entry pool.

Job Bank registration for Express Entry candidates becomes voluntary for all candidates.

All Express Entry Candidates who would like to start their job search can register for Job Bank and promote themselves to employers in other ways, such as using job boards, recruiters etc.

Step Two:  The highest-ranking candidates in the pool will be invited to apply for permanent residence

Step two will involve a portion of those candidates in the pool being issued invitations to apply for Canadian permanent residence. 

How candidates will be selected for invitation to apply from Express Entry pool?

Government of Canada has developed an internal mechanism for ranking candidates based on their human capital determined by age, education, language proficiency, work experience, Canadian work experience, Sibling who is Canadian citizen/PR and whether candidate has a Canadian job offer or provincial nomination. The system is called Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS)This helps CIC to decide which candidates may be issued invitations to apply for permanent residence.

Details of Comprehensive Ranking System are as under.

500 points available for a candidate’s core human capital (candidates with an accompanying spouse or common-law partner may be awarded up to 460 points for their own core human capital, with a further 40 points available for the core human capital of the spouse or common-law partner),

100 points for skills transferability based on specific combinations of a candidate’s core human capital. 

600 maximum  additional points will be awarded to candidates with a LMIA approved job offer (Max. 200 pts.), PNP Nominaton (600 pts.), Study in Canada (30 pts.), Sibling who is citizen/PR and resident of Canada (15 pts.) and French proficiency (30 pts.)

Please Click Here for detail description of points allocation under Comprehensive Ranking System. You can use our CSR Calculator to let you know your score, which will help you decide where you stand for your qualification for Express Entry program.

Highlights of Express Entry System
  • There will be no eligible occupations list
  • Express Entry is an electronic system
  • All eligible applicants enter the same pool
  • Language testing will be required before going into the Express Entry pool
  • An Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) will be required going into the pool for candidates eligible for the Federal Skilled Worker Program
  • Candidates can update their profiles while in the Express Entry pool
  • Penalties of up to five years for misrepresentation
  • From the date that an invitation to apply is received, applicants will have only 90 days to file a complete application
  • If an applicant accepts an invitation to apply, but fails to submit a complete application and all supporting documents, the applicant will not have a second opportunity to file the an application under the same invitation to apply
  • If a candidate declines an invitation to apply, he or she will re-enter the Express Entry pool until 12 months have passed since he or she was deemed eligible to enter the pool
  • Candidates will know their Comprehensive Ranking System points total and what the points threshold was for the most recent draw, but will not know their specific ranking
  • The ages of dependent children will be determined only at the date the application for permanent residence is received, not at the date of entry to the pool
  • The government of Canada aims to attract 172,500 new immigrants through economic immigration programs in 2017

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