Canada has an abundance of opportunities and a flourishing job market for skilled workers. The economy is strong and growing, thanks to the low taxes and other initiatives the government extends to entrepreneurs and businesses – this helps Canada maintain its leadership position in research and innovation.
As a skilled worker, you will not have trouble finding employment and the low inflation rate will make it easy for you to afford the high quality of lifestyle you want for yourself and your family.
Another advantage of migrating to Canada is that it makes it easy for you to cross the border into the USA to find employment in the largest economy of the world – you can rub shoulders with the greatest minds working at the global headquarters of giants like Google, Microsoft, Tesla and Apple, amongst others.
Are you a skilled worker who has the right skills, background and experience? Express Entry Canada is an excellent opportunity to gain permanent residency in the country quickly.
What is Express Entry Canada?
Canada Express Entry program is the new, simpler and quicker, system adopted by the IRCC (Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada) for selection of immigrants using various economic programs, specifically:
- Federal Skilled Worker Program
- Federal Skilled Trades Program
- Canadian Experience Class
Canadian territories and provinces can also use the Express Entry pool to recruit candidates using the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) to fulfil the needs of their local labour markets.
Each of these programs has a different set of requirements – an immigration expert can help you determine the right category based on your situation.
The IRPA (Immigration and Refugee Protection Act) 2002 lays down various provisions to provide legislative authority to the Minister to issue Ministerial Instructions (MI) for the immigration officers to help Government of Canada achieve its immigration targets. These MIs, issued from time to time, lay down the intake measures for Express Entry Canada program – this includes the limit on the number of visas to be granted under this category.
We keep a close eye on the Ministerial Instructions to know precisely what is happening with the Canadian Express Entry program – including the deadlines, quota limits for each period, and changing regulations.
How does Express Entry Canada work?
The Express Entry program is an invitation-based program.
The first step is for you to find out if you are eligible to be entered into the Express Entry Pool. We can help you determine if you qualify – we have a lot of experience in working with the Express Entry Canada Program and understand the process well enough to know which economic program you may be eligible for. Click here to book a free consultation.
The next step is to get your documents ready and create an online profile with the IRCC making an expression of interest to migrate to Canada.
If you are found eligible by the IRCC, they will enter you into the Express Entry pool, where you will be ranked on the basis of a points-based system.
The IRCC will then invite the candidates (they typically do so every 2 weeks) who have scored the highest in the Express Entry Pool. Once you are invited, you will have 60 days to complete your application for Canadian permanent residence.
The IRCC will process the most complete applications, with all the case supporting documents included, within 6 months.
What are CLB and NOC?
When you start exploring if you are eligible for an economic program for Express Entry Canada, you will encounter the terms CLB and NOC frequently.
The CLB (Canadian Language Benchmark) is the Canadian standard for describing, measuring and recognizing the English language abilities of immigrants who wish to stay and work in the country, and the ones who want to become citizens. The standard makes use of speaking, listening, reading and writing language ability exams.
The NOC (National Occupation Classification) code lists all Canadian labour market occupations. Here are the main job skill levels for immigration purposes:
- Type 0: Jobs in management
- Level A: Professional jobs typically requiring a university degree
- Level B: Skilled trades and technical jobs usually requiring college diploma or apprenticeship
- Level C: Intermediate jobs generally requiring job-specific training and/or high school
- Level D: Labour jobs frequently accompanied with on-the-job training
The CLB and NOC are an important deciding factor to qualify you against one of the economic programs covered by Express Entry Canada.
Don’t get lost in the technical details and end up making costly mistakes in your Canadian residency process – we are here to help you with all aspects of the Express Entry Canada program. Book an absolutely free consultation session with our qualified immigration experts.
What documents do you need to make an expression of interest for Express Entry Canada?
When completing your profile, here are some of the documents you will need to submit:
- Your travel documents or your passport
- Results of your language test
- Assessment report of your education’s credentials if you are seeking points for schooling outside Canada
- Provincial nomination (if applicable)
- A Canadian job offer (in case you have one)
Once IRCC invites you to apply for Express Entry Canada, you will be required to submit additional documents to complete your application; some of them are:
- Police certificates
- Reports of medical examinations
- Proof of funds to support yourself, your partner and your dependent children in Canada – the amount needed depends on the number of family members. Note that you must include your spouse and dependent children even if they are not accompanying you to Canada or are already permanent residents/citizens of Canada – IRCC has regulations governing what forms of documentation are acceptable as proof of financial ability.
Based on your profile, you will be ranked based on a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS), which is the points-based system used by the IRCC to access, score and rank your profile in the Express Entry Pool.
How do you get points in the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS)?
Once you have qualified for one of the economic programs for Express Entry Canada, your chances of getting picked by the IRCC for processing from the Express Entry pool is based on the number of points you score on the CRS.
Here are the CRS scoring sections:
- A: Core/human capital factors
- B: Spouse or common-law partner factors (if applicable) – you can score a maximum of 500 points for A+B
- C: Skill transferability factors (maximum 100 points), and
- D: Additional points for various factors such as French language abilities, Canadian education, an offer of employment in the country, provincial nomination and a sibling living in Canada. You can score a maximum of 600 points here.
So, you can score a maximum of 1200 points, and we ensure you do not leave anything on the table – we have a few tricks up our sleeves to help you uncover more points that you may otherwise score.
Professional Visa Solutions has been helping its clients achieve their Canadian Permanent Residence dream for many years following the Express Entry Canada program. We have been following the Express Entry Canada program since its beginning and know how to maximise your chances of success – including helping you make an expression of interest with the maximum points possible and putting together a foolproof residency application once you are invited.