First Round of Express Entry Candidates Invited to Fill Labour Market Needs

express entry programAt the beginning of the month, Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander stated that the first round of pool-topping Express Entry candidates is already making a significant difference to Canada’s labor market.

On January 31st, a total of 779 skilled workers (covering a plethora of professions) received invites to apply for permanent residency in the country. The applicants possessed either a provincial nomination or valid job offer.

Express Entry Program Getting Impressive Results

Here’s what Alexander had to say about the system’s success: “Express Entry is already getting impressive results in its first month. The fact that everyone who was invited to apply for permanent residence in this round of invitations already has a valid job offer or provincial nomination shows that Express Entry is working to fill Canada’s existing labor market gaps.” Many of the skilled workers were professionals in areas such as applied sciences, industrial works, construction and electrical trades.

Like so many others who have applied for Express Entry, the chosen candidates had previously created online profiles and expressed a desire to live and work in Canada on a permanent basis. CRS then ranked them by taking into account their qualifications, experience, age, and other factors. Additionally, candidates get extra points if they already have a job offer or provincial nomination.

Canada will regularly invite the highest ranking candidates from the pool to apply for permanent residency, and in the meantime there’s plenty you can do to increase your score whilst you wait for an invitation.

An Expedited Process

The Minister further said: “With Express Entry, highly skilled candidates with a high chance of success in Canada are invited to apply for permanent residence, bringing them to Canada more quickly and easily than ever before.”

Once candidates have received their invites to apply for permanent residence, they’ll have 60 days to submit their online application. Most applications for Express Entry will be processed within six months.

Are you Interested in Applying for Express Entry?

The most important aspect of the Express Entry program is to get an invitation to apply for permanent residence. Without an invitation, you can’t get your Permanent Residence. In order to get an invitation, you have to be selected from a pool of applicants who are all competing for an invitation.

Our job is to make you STAND OUT from the crowd. We will assess your case, highlight the best aspects of your application, and make sure that the government notices you! This way, your chances of getting an invitation are maximized. In addition, if you are selected, we are there for you to help with the complicated application paperwork to get you your Canadian Permanent residence.

Call us today for an assessment to see if you are eligible for Express Entry to Canada, or fill out our online assessment form.


Michael Niren

About Michael Niren

Michael is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Association’s Citizenship and Immigration Section and the Associate Member of the American Bar Association. Read more

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