When you say Express Entry, what do you mean by that?
Express Entry is the new selection system for Canadian immigration, designed to select skilled workers for immigration to Canada.
How does it work?
Express Entry System has 2 steps:
1) Potential Candidates complete an online Express Entry profile. The form requires information like, work experience, education, skills, language etc. The candidate will be selected from the list of people if he/she meets the criteria from the federal immigration program.
2) The highest ranking candidates will be invited to apply for permanent residence.
In this process, points are awarded to the potential candidate using the information in their profile. Then according to that, candidates with the highest score will receive an invitation to apply.
Previous Requirement and Recent Improvement:
Previously, in order to qualify for a job offer supported by Labor Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) under Comprehensive Ranking Service (CRS) was 600 points but now, it’s worth 200 or 50 points, depending on the position.
In addition to LMIA holders, the new regulations also allow the following individuals to be awarded points for a qualifying job offer:
- Individuals with a work permit issued under an international agreement, such as the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).
- Individuals with a work permit issued under the ‘significant benefits to Canada’ criteria, such as Intra-Company Transfers.
In both above cases, the worker must have been working in Canada for at least one year and the job offer must be made by the same employer named on the work permit.
Also previously, invitation to apply (ITA) was valid for 60 days but now, candidates will have 90 days to submit an application after they receive an ITA.
One of the most valuable factor is that candidates who receive Express Entry through a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) will continue to be awarded 600 points. Also immigration plan for 2017 revealed that the government of Canada aims to welcome around 51,000 new immigrants through the PNPs this year, which is a 7% increase on the target for 2016.
And now, there is also a new and improved CRS calculator available to find out what the candidates score would be under the new points system.
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