Canada Express Entry 2015 – Imigrate to Canada with Skilled Category & More

Express Entry FAQ: Candidates

What is Express Entry?

Express Entry is a new system adopted by Citizenship and Immigration Canada for management of applications. EE is not a new immigration program but a management system for the receipt and processing of immigration applications, received for the economic immigration programs namely the Federal Skilled Worker Program, the Federal Skilled Trades Program, the Canadian Experience Class, and the Provincial Nominee Program. Applicants make an ‘expression of interest’ before immigrating to Canada and, if they are eligible for at least one of the above programs, they can then enter to the Express Entry pool. The federal government and provincial governments, as well as Canadian employers, are then able to select candidates from this pool. Selected candidates will receive an ‘invitation to apply’ for immigration to Canada under one of the programs. Express Entry moves Canada from a first come, first served system to an invitation to apply system. Express Entry aims to fast track the processing of skilled immigrants most likely to succeed in Canada based on their education, language skills and work experience.

When will Express Entry come into operation?

Express Entry comes into operation on January 1, 2015 and is applicable to the following four programs:

  • Federal Skilled Worker Program
  • Federal Skilled Trades Program
  • Canadian Experience Class
  • Portion of Provincial Nominee Program
Will Express Entry change the requirements for immigration programs?

No. Express Entry will not change any requirement. Express Entry is not a new program. Rather, It is a new management and selection system for existing immigration programs. Express Entry system is applicable to the following programs:

  • Federal Skilled Worker
  • Federal Skilled Trade Worker
  • Canadian Experience Class and
  • Part of Provincial Nominee Program
What is the Express Entry pool?

Potential candidates who create an Express Entry profile and are eligible for one of Canada’s economic immigration programs enter the Express Entry pool. The federal government and provincial governments, as well as Canadian employers, are able to select candidates from this pool. Candidates who are selected then receive an ‘invitation to apply’ for immigration to Canada under one of the programs.

Is there any cap on the number of candidates admitted to the Express Entry pool?

No.

What is the Comprehensive Ranking System?

The Comprehensive Ranking System is the government of Canada’s internal ranking system wherein candidates will be ranked for factors such as age, level of education and language ability. This helps to enable Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) to decide which candidates may be issued invitations to apply for permanent residence. There are up to 600 points available under the system for a candidate's core human capital and skills transferability factors. An additional 600 points will be given to anyone with a confirmed job offer in a skilled occupation, or a provincial nomination.

What does ‘invitation to apply’ mean?

An ‘invitation to apply’ is offered to any candidate in the Express Entry pool who has been selected to apply for immigration to Canada by the federal government, a Canadian province or territory, or a Canadian employer. An ‘invitation to apply’ is offered if a candidate is among the top ranked in the Express Entry pool based on his or her skills, education and experience; or is nominated by a province or territory; or has a valid job offer from a Canadian employer

Is there a fee to create an Express Entry profile?

No.

Are there any eligible occupation lists for any of the programs under Express Entry?

No, there will not be any eligible occupation lists for any of the programs. However, in order to be eligible for any of the programs under Express Entry, the candidate needs to have an occupation that has a National Occupation Classification (NOC) code of skill type 0, A or B.

Can candidates use both a Provincial Nominee Program and Express Entry?

Yes.

Does a candidate need a job offer in order to immigrate to Canada under Express Entry?

Job offer is not a mandatory component for Express Entry criteria. However Candidates with a job offer from a Canadian Employer will get 600 points under CRS system and therefore have greater chances of being selected.

Do candidates need to take language tests?

Yes, all candidates need to take a language test in order to determine their language abilities.

What role do Canadian employers play under Express Entry?

Candidates in the Express Entry pool have the opportunity to increase their chances of being invited to apply by promoting themselves directly to employers through the Canada Job Bank. After the federal government and Canadian provinces have selected certain candidates for Canadian immigration from the Express Entry pool, Canadian employers are able to select candidates who have made an expression of interest in immigrating to Canada.

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