The long awaited Express Entry, Canada’s new immigration selection system will start accepting immigration applications from 01st January 2015. Express Entry will fundamentally change how new Canadian permanent residents are selected for Canadian immigration.

The system is designed to meet Canada’s current and future labour market needs and, following Australia, b the Canadian immigration process into a more electronic model.

Express Entry is a two-step process

Source: CIC

  • Step 1:
    1. Fill out your Express Entry profile
    2. Register with Job Bank and promote yourself
    3. Be accepted into the Express Entry Pool
  • Step 2:
    1. Receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA)
    2. Apply for permanent residence online

Online Express Entry Profile

Create your Express Entry profile

  • Potential candidates express their interest in coming to Canada by creating an Express Entry profile and providing information about their skills, work experience, language ability, education and other details.
  • To qualify for the Express Entry pool, potential candidates must meet the criteria of at least ONE of three federal economic immigration programs:
    • Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP)
    • Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP)
    • Canadian Experience Class CEC)

Job Bank & Self-promotion

Register with Job Bank and promote yourself to employers

  • Candidates will need to register with Job Bank if they do not already have a Canadian job offer or a Provincial/Territorial nomination.
  • Candidates should also promote themselves and signal their presence in the Express Entry pool to employers, recruiters, private sector job boards, etc.

Express Entry Pool

  • Candidates will be given a score to determine their place in the pool using a Comprehensive Ranking System, which will consider skills, work experience, language ability, education and other factors that we know contribute to economic success for immigrants once in Canada.
  • While in the pool, candidates will be required to update their profile to reflect changes in status, e.g. language, education, family composition, etc.

Before creating the online profile, you will need to take a language test in English or French. If you were educated outside of Canada, you may also need to have your education assessed against Canadian standards.

If you meet the criteria of one of the federal economic immigration programs subject to Express Entry, you will be placed in a pool of pre-screened candidates.

Express Entry Pool

You will be given a score to determine your place in the Express Entry pool using a Comprehensive Ranking System that includes factors known to contribute to economic success (such as language, education, and work experience).

There will be regular draws of candidates from the Express Entry pool, inviting them to apply for permanent residence. Candidates with the highest scores, including those who have a valid job offer or a provincial/territorial nomination, will be invited to apply.

Your Express Entry profile will be valid for 12 months. During that time, you will need to update your profile if circumstances change, such as your level of education or language test results.

Step 2

Selected candidates are invited to submit an electronic application for permanent residence

ITA: Invitation to apply

  • An Express Entry candidate can receive an Invitation to Apply if they:
    • Have a valid job offer from a Canadian employer (subject to the Labour Market Impact Assessment in place at that time);
    • Are nominated by a province or territory; or,
    • Are among the top ranked in the Express Entry pool based on their skills, education and experience.
  • Candidates who receive an Invitation to Apply will have 60 days to submit anonline application for permanent residence in one of the following programs:
    • Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP);
    • Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP);
    • Canadian Experience Class (CEC); or,
    • A portion of the Provincial Nominee Program PNP).
  • CIC will process the majority of complete applications received within six months or less.