The Express Entry Program was introduced by Canada in January 2015. Basically, under this program, those who have one year of skilled work experience are welcome to apply and migrate to Canada which will eventually lead to a Permanent Residency. As the given number of applications is limited so we would recommend and encourage the applicants to apply immediately.
As per the stats, Canada has issued more than 50,000 invitations in 2020 despite the pandemic. If we consider the 2020-2022 Canada Immigration Levels Plan then it is certain that about 90,000 people can obtain the Canadian permanent residency through the Express Entry annually.
To understand the concept of the Express Entry Program in a better manner we can consider it to be an application management system used by Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) in order to manage and process the applications received through the three of Canada’s federal economic immigration programs precisely for skilled workers.
Express Entry Program systematically ranks all eligible candidates on the basis of age, education, language proficiency, and work experience never the less few other additional factors may be included as an exception if and when required.
Cost for Canada PR:
The cost of applying for a Canada PR Visa is not the same for everyone and it usually varies for each different immigration program. Considerably, the cost is less compared with many other countries. To make a note of, the fees for the PR Visa are subjected to change by the IRCC without any notice.
Kindly refer to the points below to understand the Express Entry Program in details:
- For those who wish to apply for the PR visa through the Express Entry Program then they would need to go through a points-based selection system which consists of three major subcategories as follows:
- FSWP -Federal Skilled Workers Program.
- FSTP -Federal Skilled Trades Program.
- CEC -Canadian Experience Class.
- Every individual must submit an Express Entry profile to the pool of candidates which shall act as an Expression of Interest (EOI) to be ranked against other candidates in the pool.
- Those without a job offer or a provincial nomination are required to register themselves in the Canada Job Bank which is basically a free public resource enabling the Canadian employers to search and identify the workers possessing the required skills. Though this step was mandatory until June 2017 after which it has become only voluntary.
- Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) are known to conduct the Express Entry draw at regular intervals usually at every two weeks. If in case a candidate is not invited during those draws then their profile will eventually expire after 12 months and will be asked to submit a new profile.
- After receiving an Invitation to Apply (ITA), the candidates will be given a deadline of 60 days to submit a complete application for permanent residence which requires extensive personal information with all supporting documents. The application has to be submitted electronically.
Once the complete application is successfully completed, candidates are asked to wait for a final decision to be issued and approximately 80% of those applications are processed in six months or less. Finally, once the application is approved then the candidate shall receive an authorisation to activate their permanent resident status in Canada.
What are the main documents required in order to submit the Express Entry Profile?
There are basically three main documents and they are explained in details below:
- Language Test: It is a mandate for every candidate to show proficiency in either English or French and the official test scores from an approved language test needs to be submitted. Further speaking of the scores, the minimum required score varies between the three Express Entry-aligned programs.
Those who would opt for English will be asked to go with either the IELTS General Training Exam or the CELPIP General Exam. On the other hand, those who opt for French can go with the TEF Exam or the TCF Exam.
- Educational Credentials Assessment (ECA): The ECA is an evaluation of non-Canadian education by Canadian standards. However, education is not just a mandatory requirement for the Federal Skilled Worker Class but it is also recommended for FSTC and CEC candidates to complete an ECA report as education does act as an integral component of the CRS score. It is not mandatory for educational programs to be completed in Canada.
- Passport: A valid passport is a mandatory document while submitting an Express Entry Profile however in exceptional cases some alternative identification documents may be accepted.
(Note: While applying with a spouse or common-law partner then it is recommended to compare the credentials ahead of time. During the process one person must be listed as the principal applicant in the Express Entry Profile hence the majority of the CRS score will be based on the principal applicant’s credentials.)
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