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Canada Express Entry Program

Canada Express Entry system

The Express Entry program is a streamlined immigration pathway designed to facilitate the acquisition of permanent residency for skilled professionals. In this system, applicants are evaluated and ranked against each other using various selection criteria, including age, work experience, education qualifications, language proficiency in English or French, as well as additional factors like arranged employment and a genuine intention to settle and contribute to the economy of any Canadian province. To be eligible, applicants must attain a minimum score of 67 points on the Canada points calculator.

How does Canada express entry system work?

The Canada Express Entry system is a comprehensive and points-based immigration system that manages applications for three federal economic immigration programs: the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), the Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP), and the Canadian Experience Class (CEC). Here’s how the Express Entry system works:

Eligibility Assessment:

Determine if you meet the eligibility requirements for at least one of the three programs. Factors such as age, education, work experience, language proficiency, and adaptability are considered.

Create an Express Entry Profile:

If eligible, create an online profile by providing information about your skills, work experience, education, language abilities, and other relevant details. This profile is assigned a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score.

Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS):

The CRS score is calculated based on various factors, including age, education, language proficiency, work experience, and adaptability. Candidates with higher CRS scores have better chances of receiving an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residency.

Regular Draws:

The Government of Canada conducts regular draws from the Express Entry pool, inviting candidates with the highest CRS scores to apply for permanent residency. The minimum CRS score required for an ITA varies with each draw and depends on the number of applicants and the program’s specific requirements.

Invitation to Apply (ITA):

If you receive an ITA, you will have a specific timeframe (usually 60 days) to submit a complete application for permanent residency.

Document Submission and Verification:

Prepare and submit the required documents, such as education credentials, language test results, work experience references, and proof of funds. These documents are essential for the verification process.

Medical Examinations and Security Clearances:

Undergo a medical examination conducted by an approved panel physician to ensure you meet the health requirements. Provide police certificates from all countries where you have lived for a certain period to demonstrate good character and security.

Application Processing:

Once your application is submitted, it will be processed by the immigration authorities. The processing time can vary, but the goal is to finalize most applications within six months.

Approval and Confirmation of Permanent Residence (COPR):

If your application is approved, you will receive a Confirmation of Permanent Residence (COPR). This document specifies the validity period of your permanent residency and any conditions attached to it.

Landing in Canada:

Present your COPR and passport to the immigration officer at a port of entry when you arrive in Canada. They will verify your documents and may ask a few questions. Once cleared, you officially become a permanent resident.

The Express Entry system is designed to be transparent, efficient, and focused on attracting skilled workers who can contribute to the Canadian economy. It is important to stay informed about the latest updates and requirements by regularly visiting the official Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) website or consulting with a licensed immigration consultant or lawyer.