Express Entry

What is it?

Express Entry is Employer Driven selection model by taking on a matching, facilitator approach to recruitment, it is an interface between applicants and potential hiring employers in Canada. The process works as follows: Interested applicants submit an Express Entry form online into the Express Entry Pool and the Canada Job Bank. Then, the CIC assesses EE applications against specific eligibility criteria. Lastly, those candidates whose profiles align with the needs of the government, and Canadian employers, will be issued an “invitation to apply” (ITA). These candidates may then proceed to apply for permanent residence

ITA Selection Process

Applicants who have submitted an EE form online will be ranked against one another using a points system. The more points you have, the higher your chance of being offered an application for permanent residence (being offered an ITA)
All applicants in the EE pool will be granted points (maximum of 1200) that take into consideration the following factors:
  1. Skills and work experience (up to 500 points)
  2. Spouse or common-law partner factors (such as their language skills and education -up to 40 additional points but still a maximum of only 500 points)
  3. Skills transferability (including education and work experience that, when combined, result in better chances of being employed, and higher earnings – up to 100 points)
  4. Additional 600 points for those with a nomination from a province or territory (known as a Provincial Nomination) or a valid job offer
For a principal applicant the point allocations break down as:
Although an applicant can collect points for a spouse/partner, the additional points do not exceed what an applicant can score on his/her own:
This process takes place across all applicable economic class programs, including the Federal Skilled Worker Program, the Skilled Trades Program the Canada Experience Class and other programs.

How long will this process take?

Applicants who are invited to apply for permanent residence will have 60-days to submit a full application. The government promises a selection decision in 6-months or less in most cases.

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