Express Entry FAQ: Candidates

Parent & Grandparent Super Visa

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.