The Express Entry system is a points-based immigration system used by the Canadian government to manage applications for permanent residency under economic immigration programs.
The three main programs managed through Express Entry are the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP), and Canadian Experience Class (CEC).
2. Eligibility Criteria:
To be eligible for Express Entry, you must meet certain criteria related to age, education, language proficiency (English and/or French), work experience, and adaptability factors.
You will need to undergo language testing (IELTS for English and/or CELPIP for English, TEF for French) to demonstrate your proficiency.
3. Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS):
Candidates in the Express Entry pool are assigned a CRS score based on factors such as age, education, work experience, language proficiency, and other additional factors.
Regular draws are conducted, and candidates with the highest CRS scores are invited to apply for permanent residency.
4. Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs):
In addition to the federal Express Entry system, some provinces and territories in Canada have their own immigration programs known as Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs).
PNPs allow provinces to nominate individuals for permanent residency based on their specific labor market needs.
5. Application Process:
If invited, you will need to submit a complete application for permanent residency within a specified time frame.
You will undergo medical examinations and security checks.
6. Permanent Residency Status:
Once your application is approved, you will be granted permanent resident status in Canada.
Permanent residents have the right to live, work, or study anywhere in Canada and have access to social benefits.
After being a permanent resident for a certain period, you may be eligible to apply for Canadian citizenship.
It is crucial to verify the latest information on the official website of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) or consult with a qualified immigration professional to ensure accuracy and currency.