With the beginning of year 2015, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada introduced a new application management system for the economic stream immigrants i.e. known as Express Entry. Express Entry is not a new immigration program but it is a new application management system for the Department of Immigration – Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada to better manage the applications for permanent residence to Canada.
Candidates, who are eligible under one of the following federal economic immigration programs, can apply under Express Entry:
- Federal Skilled Worker Program
- Federal Skilled Trades Program
- Canadian Experience Class
Candidate must meet the minimum eligibility criteria having scored the pass marks i.e. 67 points on the selection point’s grid. Qualifying candidates will be able to submit an Expression of Interest by submitting their Express Entry profile to the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada after which they can enter to the pool of Express Entry candidates.
Good news is that there is no deadline to complete and submit an Express Entry profile and there are no caps on the number of candidates that will be acknowledged to the Express Entry pool. Candidates can receive an invitation to apply for permanent residence (ITA) on the basis of their profile and the ranking points achieved in the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) once accepted into the pool of Express Entry candidates.
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada selects and invites the potential candidates through their draw system; they call it rounds of invitations. IRCC conducts rounds of invitations regularly (every fortnight) under which they announce a CRS (Comprehensive Ranking System) cut-off score. Potential candidates with similar or higher CRS score than that of the CRS cut-off receive the invitation to apply for permanent residence (ITA) instantly.
Having received the ITA, potential candidates need to submit their permanent residence application online with the required documentation within 60 days. IRCC strives to process complete PR applications within 6 months only. Getting Canadian permanent residency is now possible in a much faster way that is why this process is known as Express Entry.
Low ranking candidates can also enhance their overall CRS score by having a valid job offer from a registered Canadian employer accompanied by an approved LMIA (Labor Market Impact Assessment) OR a provincial nomination.
A Job offer OR a Provincial Nomination are however not mandatory but they surely enhance the chances of success by increasing the ranking of the prospective candidate by 50 percent straight away and it helps the candidate get the permanent residency in a very expeditious manner.
An Express Entry profile is valid for 12 months after submission. Once expired, it can further be submitted to stay in the Express Entry pool for next 12 months. You have to pay nothing to submit your Express Entry profile and there is no restriction on the number of profile submissions.
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