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What is Canada Express Entry Program?

The Express Entry System Explained

The Express Entry system is not an actual category of immigration to Canada, but instead is a way expressing an interest in filing an immigration application. Those who qualify under one of the skilled immigrant categories may register with the Express Entry to have their qualifications assessed and to enter into a pool of potential applicants.

Potential applicants must then wait for an invitation from the immigration authorities before they may apply for immigration. This system was devised by the Canadian immigration authorities to manage the number and timing of new skilled immigration applications to ensure that they are processed efficiently and quickly.

Skilled Worker Permanent Residence Applicants Categories

There are three categories of skilled worker permanent residence applicants who must register under the Express Entry system:

In order to be able to register with the Express Entry system, the applicant must first qualify under one of the three programs. If the applicant is not qualified under the relevant programs, then the profile will be rejected and they will not be registered with the Express Entry.

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Express Entry Profiles

Those interested in applying for immigration to Canada under one of the three skilled worker categories must first complete an Express Entry Profile.

This is on online system that will ask the user to provide details of their age, work experience, language ability, education, and other related information.

Those who meet the criteria of one of the three federal immigration categories will be assigned a score under the Comprehensive Ranking System and placed into a pool of potential candidates.

Invitations to Apply

When a potential immigrant creates an Express Entry profile, he or she will be assigned a score under a point system called the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). The CRS measures factors such as age, work experience, language skills, and education, among other factors. A total of 1200 points are available, depending on the candidate’s qualifications.

Those with the highest CRS scores will be invited to apply for permanent residence when the immigration authorities hold their regular draws from the pool.

The score to be invited will depend on the number of people in the pool, the relative qualifications of those people, and the number of invitations being made in the draw.

Once the invitation to apply is provided, the candidate will have 60 days to submit an application for permanent residence.

Once the application has been filed, the immigration authorities will process the application within approximately six months.

If the application is successful, the applicant and his or her immediate family members included in the application will be issued permanent residence in Canada. This will allow them to live and work in Canada permanently, and eventually transition to Canadian citizenship.

The immigration authorities hold Express Entry draws every two weeks or so, at the immigration department’s discretion. Each draw will have a set of Minister’s Instructions that will include the date and time of the draw, the number of candidates that will be drawn, and which specific program(s) will be included in the draw.

Candidates can stay in the Express Entry pool for up to 12 months. If they have not received an invitation within 12 months they can re-register as long as they continue to qualify under one of the three categories.

Why Hire a Lawyer?

The Law Office of Matthew Jeffery has years of experience assisting clients with Express Entry applications. If you are qualified under the Skilled Worker, Skilled Trades, or Canadian Experience Class, and would like assistance to register for Express Entry, please fill out the Skilled Worker Free Assessment Form on our website, and we will get back to you with further information if you are qualified.


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