As of January 1, 2015, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has implemented a new electronic system called Express Entry to manage applications for Permanent Residence for the following economic immigration programs.
Federal Skilled Worker
Federal Skilled Trades Program
Canadian Experience Class
Provincial Nominee Program
The Express Entry system is the first step to apply for immigrating to Canada under these programs. Potential candidates can complete an Express Entry profile at any time. There is no cap on the number of candidates that will be accepted to the pool. As well it will not be restricted for any particular skills and has no deadline to apply.
Applicants accepted into the Express Entry pool will receive an Invitation to Apply for Permanent Residence. Also there is no restriction for any particular skills and there is no deadline to apply. Draws for selection of candidate to issue an Invitation to Apply will take place regularly. Only top ranking candidates irrespective of their date of application will be accepted to apply.
If an Invitation to Apply has been issued, then the candidate will have 60 days to submit a complete Application for Permanent Residence.