Canada is one of the very few developing countries which has a point-based immigration system. Known as Express Entry Canada, the process is completely electronic application system which provides skilled and professional citizens of other countries an opportunity to apply for immigration to the country based on a few basic but crucial factors such as age, education background, professional background, language proficiency, skill transferability factors, as well as any study or work experience in Canada. The process also considers any provincial nomination that the applicant may be able to show.

Canada Immigration Express Entry was first introduced in the year 2015 and has become the main motivational factor behind Canada’s economic immigration, making it one of the most sought-after immigration systems in the world. Until this concept was introduced, most people wanting to immigrate to the Canada used to depend majorly on family sponsorship, study visa for Canada, and Canadian Work Permit.

How does the Express Entry System Work?

As complicated as it may sound, the Express Entry Canada is actually extremely strategized and convenient for anyone to follow through. Additionally, there are specialized immigration agencies such as Macropus immigration services which can guide interested applicants to successfully apply for the express entry. Let us take a look at the step-by-step process for Canada Immigration Express Entry.

  • First, to apply for the express entry, an applicant must be eligible under a number of factors but most importantly, they must follow under either their Federal Skilled Worker Class, the Federal Skilled Trades Class, or the Canadian Experience Class. An applicant needs to fall under one of these categories to be eligible to apply.
  • Alternatively, the candidates could also be sponsored by a province or employer under the Provincial Nominee Program to be a part of the local labor market.
  • The applicant has to review and compare his/her experience based from the National Occupational Classification (NOC) and make sure it is at least 90% matched. It is important to note that work experience letters, matching the NOC indicated, will be required once an invitation is received under the Canadian Immigration Express Entry.
  • The applicant must have his/her language scores and Educational Credential Assessment scores ready as those will be required to create the Express Entry Profile on the website.
  • Create an express entry profile under the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) website. There is an eligibility screening in creating an express entry profile, if the applicant is eligible a Personal Reference Code will be issued which will be used throughout the application.
  • Considering that the applicant has required points based on the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS), an applicant will be included in the Express Entry Pool for a period of one year.

    The applicant is now entering a crucial stage in the process and be mindful of important steps, such as: creating a Job Match Account with the Job Bank (seek the opportunity of getting a job offer), improving CRS score by increased English language proficiency scores or achievement of additional educational credential and updating personal profile such as change in marital status, change of address or birth of a child.

  • The Express Entry Draw happens twice a month. Once an invitation to apply for permanent residency by the Canadian government is received, a candidate is given 60 days from the date of invitation to apply for their permanent residency, otherwise, an applicant has to reapply again because your profile will be removed from the pool. Remember each invitation has a set of instructions to be followed.
  • It is now time to complete the application process by providing appropriate documentation based on the Document Checklist provided. Make sure the information provided are accurate and substantial.
  • After 3 to 5 months of submission, the candidate receives a request for passport submission from the Canadian government which will be stamped with a Permanent Residence (PR) visa and sent back to the candidate within a week.
  • After receiving the passport with the PR visa, the candidate must enter the country within 365 days from the medical examination. Point to note here is that the medical examination must be taken only after the applicant receives an invitation to apply from the Canadian government.
  • Your Canadian dream is about to materialize and remember perseverance and hard work will make it happen. You have the key to make it happen.

Author's Bio: 

Macropus Global Ltd is an authorized Canada Immigration and Visa Service provider. They are specialized in study visa, work visa, family sponsorship in Canada.