Ever since Canada Express Entry came into being in 2015, life has become easier for keen immigration enthusiasts to explore, submit and receive their permanent visa. This revolutionary portal framework is way ahead of its contemporary immigration systems globally. It has been fuelling economic immigration programs. This has also enabled the Canadian authorities to discreet select and allow qualified skilled professionals into the country to fulfill the structural gaps in the skills.

The targets for intake of the upcoming year, 2020, are in tune of 340,000 applicants, while this is expected to rise to 350,000 in 2021.

What is Express Entry Immigration Selection System?

Express Entry is an intelligent and interactive immigration application system instituted and managed by IRCC  – Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada. This framework of application and ranking system, as it might be called, tends to integrate diverse immigration programs of the Maple Leaf country, i.e.:

  • Federal EE – as popularly known – also brings under its aegis, the three former skilled migration schemes run by the federal Canadian immigration authorities:
    • FSW – federal Skilled Worker;
    • FSTP – Federal Skilled Trades Program;
    • CEC – Canada Experience Category; and
  • Provincial initiatives – PNPs of various states and territories of Canada (linked to the Express Entry).

Incorporation of this portal has not only helped streamline the immigration process, making it easier for the Canadian authorities to monitor the selection of qualified people under different schemes, but also rendered a much required relief to the probable applicants.

Its’ as simple as said when using the Express Entry system. Applicants just lodge their profile and render all the details in that profile, the Canadian authorities, both federal, as well as provincial, short list probable candidates for the permanent residence of Canada.

How Does The Mechanism of Express Entry function?

Express Entry process can be roughly divided into 5 phases:

1)  Making a decision on whether you qualify for a program being hosted by Express Entry:

You must consider your profile in light with the qualification parameters of the Canadian permanent skilled immigration visa laws. For this, you must be suitable of any of the below mentioned categories:

  • FSW – Federal Skilled Workers
  • FSTP – Federal Skilled Trades Program
  • CEC – Canada Experience Category

The applicants submitting their profiles under the FSTP – working as skilled tradesmen , and CEC – already in Canada on the basis of Temporary Residence Visa – can right away place their applications in the Express Entry System.

However, the ones placing their requests under the FSW, whose occupations appear primarily in NOC 0, A, or B, must score a minimum of 67 marks on the basis of the following parameters:

  • Age – you must be within a specified age range;
  • Education – have sufficient educational qualifications for the occupational code you are proposing to nominate in your profile;
  • Work experience – carry a minimum of one year of professional exposure in your occupation;
  • Language – must demonstrate that you have sufficient linguistic skills in either of the official languages of the country; and
  • Adaptability – sundry factors, like your spouse’s education and linguistic skills, etc.

Once you have  determined that you qualify for the Canadian skilled immigration program, you can go start with the preparation of the application to immigrate to Canada. Through one profile of yours, you can access multiple programs: federal and provincial.

2) What would you need to do before you create an Express Entry Profile?

Obtain an  ECA

To start with, you must ensure that your education qualifications are acceptable in Canada. For this you would have to subscribe to one of the designated credential assessment agencies; submit your credentials; and obtain an ECA.

Write an approved Language Test

The next step would be to write an approved language test to substantiate your skills in either of the official languages of the country: English or French. The results obtained from these must be at par with CLB  /  NCLC 7.

Demonstrate that you have enough money to support yourself and your family while in Canada

You must be possession of a minimum amount of money to ensure subsistence in Canada. The amount of funds varies as per the number of members included in a profile.

3) Compile necessary documents that support your claims

You must collect all the necessary documents that support your profile, you must get these:

  • Passports of you and your dependents, to be included in the application;
  • ECA report;
  • TRF of language test;
  • Work Experience certifications; and
  • Financial credentials.

4) How to Create an Application or a Profile on Express Entry

After all the relevant documents have been collected, you can proceed with creation of your profile.

The first step that you would need to go through this process would be qualify for FSW, if you are going through the FSW scheme.

The next step is creation of a profile or EOI (Expression Of Interest) on the Express Entry. You must render all details pertaining to required information to your profile. As you furnish the details, the automated scoring system keeps allotting you’re the scores for each of the departments of your profile.

These scores are referred to as CRS which are allotted out of 1200. Once you have completed your profile entry, and clicked the submit button, your profile if lodged and final scores displayed.

The marks attained in this process help your attain a ranking – not usually disclosed – on the basis of comparison to other profiles. The Canadian authorities short list the profiles on the basis of these scores – the higher the better though for PNPs the short listing scores can vary.

Wait for an ITA or a nomination

The selection rounds of both federal and provincial immigration programs are conducted at regular pre-defined intervals, and the successful applicants are informed about the short listing. The profile on Canada Immigration Express Entry system remains valid for a period of one year, after which it has to be renewed, in case you are not selected.

How to Improve  your CRS score?

There could be several possibilities for you to augment your CRS marks. You could improve your language scores; fetch work experience; submit additional educational qualifications; or obtain a nomination from a state, or a Canadian employer.

5) What to Do once you receive an ITA?

If you have been issued an Invitation to Apply for Permanent Residence of Canada, you must spring into action and respond within the given stipulated time – generally 2 months, or 60 days. In this second set, you must submit all the supporting documents which you referenced in your profile.

6) Receive Permanent Residence Visa

Once  the decision – which usually takes less than 6 months – has been made on your application, you go ahead with applying for the permanent resident visa to immigrate to  Canada. You go ahead with submission of passports for stamping of permanent resident visa.

If you too are keen to move to Canada through one of its skilled immigration programs, you can consult us and avail a free immigration assessment today.