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Express Entry Application Management System

Express Entry System is a tool used by the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada for management and processing of immigration applications for permanent residence for skilled workers in Canada or overseas.

How To Immigrate Through Express Entry System

Express Entry is an online system through which the IRCC (Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada) selects and invites candidates for permanent residence. In January 2015, Canada launched the Express Entry system to speed up the processing of permanent residency applications to 6 months or less. Also, Express Entry allows IRCC to see all registered candidates and flexibly select foreign nationals who have skilled experience that best corresponds to the Canadian labour market needs. Thus, Express Entry is a tool and management system but not an immigration program.

Immigration Programs Managed Through Express Entry

IRCC manages applications for permanent residence under the Federal Immigration Programs and a portion of Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs).

Thus, you can immigrate to Canada and become a permanent resident if you have a skilled work experience that meets the requirements of either:

1. Canadian Experience Class. Work experience must be gained in Canada.

2. Federal Skilled Worker. Work experience could be foreign or Canadian.

3. Federal Skilled Trades. Work experience in the skilled trade either in Canada or overseas.

Under these immigration programs, Canada will welcome 74,900 permeant residents in 2018, 81,400 in 2019, and 85,800 in 2020 (target). While there are 87,566 candidates currently in the Express Entry Pool.

Pathway To Permanent Residence Using Express Entry

Express Entry immigration process could be divided into six main stages:


1. Create Express Entry Profile.

You have 60 days to complete and submit your Express Entry profile, or you will have to start again.

2. Be accepted in the Express Entry Pool of candidates.

You will be accepted in the Express Entry Pool only if you meet the requirements of at least one of the three federal immigration programs (CEC, FSW, or FST). You can stay in the Express Entry Pool of candidates for 12 months. If IRCC does not invite you to apply for permanent residence, you will have to register a new Express Entry Profile.

3. Create a Job Match Account with Job Bank.

If you decide to create an optional Job Match Account, Canadian employers will see your resume and might offer you a job in Canada. You can get additional points and increase your Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score for a valid job offer. In most cases, a valid job offer means a job offer supported by a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA).

4. Receive an Invitation to Apply for Permanent Residence.

Good Job! You are selected from approximately 87,566 candidates registered in the Express Entry Pool. This means your CRS score is somewhere in the range from 440 – 450 or higher.

5. Submit an Application for Permanent Residence.

You have 60 days to upload all supporting documents, update information, and submit your application for permanent residence.

6. IRCC processes application for permanent residence and makes a decision.

IRCC processes only complete applications within a 6-month period of time. Finally, you have to land and welcome in Canada!

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