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Common Questions About Express Entry
The Express Entry system allows foreign skilled workers to apply for permanent residence in Canada. The categories of applications that fall within the Express Entry include:
- Canadian Experience Class
- Federal Skilled Worker Category
- Federal Skilled Trades Category
- Canadian Experience Class
- Provincial Nominee Programs.
In order to apply under these categories, qualified foreign applicants must first register an expression of interest with the Express Entry then wait to see if they are invited to apply for permanent residence.
Once the Express Entry application has been submitted, processing times can take about one year, depending on the workload and priorities of the immigration authorities. Those who wish to remain working in Canada while the application is being processed may be able to apply for a Bridging Open Work Permit (BOWP).
Previous rounds of invitations (express entry draws), and the score needed to get an ITA can be viewed here. The score required to receive an ITA depends on the number of people in the pool, the qualifications of those people, and the number of invitations being given out.
For example, September 14, 2021 round of invitations, 2000 invitations were issued for the Canadian Experience Class. The lowest ranking candidate invited had a CRS score of 462. In the January 5, 2022 round of invitations, 392 invitations were issued for the Provincial Nominee Program. The lowest ranking candidate invited had a CRS score of 808.
There may be several ways for you to improve your score. You can even improve your score while waiting in the pool and updating your profile with your new information.
“Full-time” employment is defined as at least 30 hours per week. These hours can be met through a single full-time position, or through multiple part time work. For example, working 30 hours a week for one year, or working 15 hours a week for two years, will both count as one year of full-time experience. However, the one year of full-time experience must be achieved within a three-year time frame.
Your work experience must be skilled. Occupations that fall under Skill Type 0, or Skill Level A or B of the National Occupational Classification (NOC), are considered to be skilled by the immigration authorities. Generally speaking, skilled work is work that requires some level of education or special training in order to perform. The work experience can be in any skilled occupation. The experience can be with multiple jobs and/or with multiple employers and does not need to be continuous, as long as it adds up to the required one year of skilled experience within three years.
No. Unfortunately, the required work experience cannot have been earned through self-employment, even if the self-employment was skilled and documented. All applicants are required to provide satisfactory evidence of their work experience, including the fact that they were in an employer-employee relationship during their period of qualifying work experience.
No. Unfortunately, the required work experience cannot have been earned while you were a student. Only work experience gained after the completion of the course of study can be considered. Full-time students who have completed a course of study at a Designated Learning Institute in Canada may be able to apply for a Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP). A PGWP allows you to work for any employer willing to hire you. After working for one year in a skilled occupation on a PGWP, you may be eligible to apply for Express Entry under the CEC stream.
Another requirement for Express Entry is that the applicant must be either moderately or highly proficient in English or French. All applicants must complete a language test to prove their abilities, regardless of whether they come from an English or French speaking country.
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Express Entry Resources
How To Boost Your Chances For The Provincial Nomination Program
New Express Entry Process to Prioritize Workers in Selected Professions
Understanding the TEER System in Express Entry
Difference Between Federal Skilled Worker and Federal Skilled Trade Programs
Applying Under The Federal Skilled Worker Class
Applying As a Federal Skilled Worker
Applying Under the Canadian Experience Class
How Canada’s Provincial Nominee Programs (PNP) Works
What Are The Factors That Determine CRS Score?
Express Entry Delay 2022