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Everything You Need to Know About the Express Entry Program

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In January 2015, the Canadian government is set to launch a new electronic immigration system that will offer express entry for skilled and qualified immigrants.

About the Express Entry Program

The new Express Entry program will manage applications for permanent residence for immigrants who can fill jobs where there is a lack of available skilled Canadian workers. (View LMIA information for a related topic as well.)

The Canadian government has recognized the fact that Canada requires new immigrants to meet future labour market needs and to help ensure the country’s long-term economic growth and prosperity.

The Programs Affected

The new system will allow Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) to pro-actively assess, recruit and select immigrants who are skilled and/or possessed the relevant qualifications under federal economic immigration programs:

The Express Entry program will also allow individual provinces and territories to use the system in order to recruit suitable candidates as part of the Provincial Nominee Programs so that labour market demands are met.

Employers will play a key part in selecting economic immigrants, and will be able to access suitable candidates via Canada’s recently improved Job Bank, as well as the relevant provinces and territories where applicable.

Permanent Residence  Opportunities

The good news is that candidates who are eligible for the Express Entry program and who are either offered jobs or nominated under the provincial nominee program will then be welcomed to apply for permanent residency.

Immigration Minister Chris Alexander said at a recent press conference: “You can bring your labour market opinion, your job offer, to the Express Entry system and ensure that the person you need comes to Canada as an immigrant, not a temporary foreign worker. Not as someone who is here with an uncertain future and likely to go back, but as a full immigrant to Canada.”

There are two main steps to the Express Entry system, which we’re going to go over in more detail below:

Step 1: Potential candidates fill out an online Express Entry form

 

Candidates who are eligible for the Express Entry program can complete an online profile which will include various details about themselves, including their skills, their language ability, education and previous work experience, amongst others. Candidates who successfully meet the criteria of one or more of the federal economic immigration programs under Express Entry will then be sorted into a pool of eligible individuals.

These individuals will be ranked according to their chances of economic success, and the highest ranking candidates, along with those who have qualifying offers of employment or provincial/territorial nominations (who will automatically receive high rankings), will receive a formal invitation to apply for permanent residency.

This way of doing things will allow Canada to pick the best possible candidates who are likely to go on to achieve success, rather than simply picking whoever is next in line.

Candidates who do not have a valid job offer or provincial/territorial nomination must sign up to the Government’s of Canada’s Job Bank, so that he or she can be connected to relevant Canadian employers.

Eligible employers will need to obtain a free Labour Market Impact Assessment via Employment and Social Development Canada for permanent residence applications.

There is no guarantee that candidates who fill out an Express Entry profile will be invited to apply for permanent residence, as this will mainly be determined by their ranking and the other factors mentioned above (offer of employment, provincial/territorial nomination).

Step 2: CIC will invite successful candidates and permanent residency will be processed within 6 months

Those ranking highly in the pool (based on skills, experience, eligible job offers and relevant nominations where applicable) will then be invited to apply for permanent residency, and will have a total of 60 days to submit their electronic application.

Electronic applications will be required to be submitted through one of the below programs:

Most applications will be pushed through swiftly by CIC, with many expected to be completed within six months.

Candidates who have applied for the Express Entry program but who are not invited to apply for permanent residency after a year may then resubmit their profile and re-enter the pool, provided they are still eligible for the program. This is to prevent backlogs and allow for quicker processing and turnaround times.

According to CIC, the Express Entry program will allow faster and more efficient immigration services to skilled immigrants. The program will also enable the Canadian Government to respond faster to Canada’s evolving economic conditions and changing priorities, and will increase flexibility.

Not All Immigrants ‘Sold’ on Idea

It goes without saying that many are welcoming the new, more efficient system, although a recent government study has suggested that not all immigrants are as taken with the January-anticipated Express Entry Program.

Some have expressed doubt’s about why places such as Ottawa aren’t doing more to ensure qualified immigrants already in the country get access to jobs, including those who “have been frustrated by the lack of recognition of their credentials and their inability to acquire a sufficient amount of Canadian experience.”

The government has expressed hope that the new program will reduce the amount of temporary foreign workers and help to address Canada’s current skills shortage. Alexander has stressed this is a “top priority”.

He said: “Express entry promises to be a game-changer for Canadian immigration and Canada’s economy. It will revolutionize the way we attract skilled immigrants and get them working here faster.”

Fraud concerns over the new scheme have already been addressed by Citizenship and Immigration, according to an official who stated: “Any applicant providing false information in either their Express Entry profile or permanent resident application could be found inadmissable due to misrepresentation.”

Any fraudulent applications could result in applicants being barred from applying to enter Canada again for five years.

Back in June, the Canadian government began accepting applications under the Federal Skilled Worker Program ahead of the Express Entry system launch, and is looking to actively recruit 25,000 skilled immigrants over 50 separate occupations, including auditors and accountants, financial managers, psychologists and civil engineers – with more to follow.

“Huge Obstacles” Associated with the Express Entry Program

However, participants in the recent Ipsos Reid study have expressed their concerns on the supposed lack of interest in Canada’s current skilled immigrants who are also looking for jobs.

Yet another government study has suggested that skilled immigrants such as engineers, doctors and pharmacists are struggling to find jobs and face “huge obstacles” despite their high credentials.

There is good news on the horizon for those existing immigrants and others who have expressed their concern over the lack of current opportunities, as the Canadian government has stated they will address these concerns and more very shortly (fall 2014).

As for the Express Entry program, the government want to ensure its every success and plan to invest $14 million over the next two years, with a further cash injection of $4.7 million after that.

Are You Interested in the Express Entry Program?

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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

100 thoughts on “Everything You Need to Know About the Express Entry Program

  1. Ambrish Pachori

    Hello,

    I am looking forward to register myself for express entry online and seeking to apply for PNP programme. My ECA process is already completed. Do I need to fill all academic credentials again through online portal or is there any way I can upload my ECA and fill remaining requirements.

    Reply
  2. Nicole

    Hello,

    I have received an ITA but i only have $9000 which is $3300 less than what it required. I intend to provide the outstanding amount from my salary over three months. Do you think this will be a problem?

    Reply
    1. Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello Nicole. We will need to know more about the details of your situation. I am going to suggest that you contact us to make an appointment to talk with one of our immigration professionals who will be able to plan the best strategy for you. You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-416-410-7484 or online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
      Regards, Muga

      Reply
  3. Jay

    Hello
    My name is jay and i am currently on workpermit. i did electrical engineering and currently i am doing food service supervisor job(Noc 6311).
    Do i eligible for express entry?

    Reply
    1. Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello Jay. We will need to know more about the details of your situation. I am going to suggest that you contact us to make an appointment to talk with one of our immigration professionals who will be able to plan the best strategy for you. You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-416-410-7484 or online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
      Regards, Muga

      Reply
  4. Abdul Samee

    Hi. I have MBA degree (full-time 1-year) from Canada and undergraduate degree (BSc (Hons.) full-time 4-years) from Pakistan. In order to apply for Express Entry do I need ECA for my undergraduate degree?

    Reply
    1. Vahe Mirzoyan

      Hello Abdul. It is always a good idea to have the ECA for your undergraduate degree; you will have the information if asked and you will avoid a delay.
      Regards, Vahe

      Reply
  5. Rishi

    I have done masters from US & Engg from India .I have 6+ years US experience in IT.Do I still have to appear for IELTS ?

    Reply
    1. Vahe Mirzoyan

      Hello Rishi. If you are apply for Permanent Residencey, yes you have to take the IELTS. If you have a job offer, you do not.
      Regards, Vahe

      Reply
  6. samer

    i am a retail pharmacist and i have 5 years bachelor degree of pharmaceutical science and i have
    10 years experience as a retail pharmacist in the middle east region and i have 33 years

    Am i eligible for express entry ?
    do i have to pass any evaluation exam to evaluate my bachelor degree from my home country or
    no need to get that with the new express entry program ?

    Reply
    1. Vahe Mirzoyan

      Hello Samer. There are many factors that are taken into consideration when evaluating how many points you will accumulate that can be applied to the Express Entry program. In order to get a better idea of where you will rank, we will need a lot more information about you; education, work, language, family. I am going to suggest that you contact us to make an appointment to talk with one of our immigration professionals who can assess your situation and advise on the best strategy to take. To make the appointment you can call us at 1-855-886-8472 or book the appointment online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
      Regards, Vahe

      Reply
  7. samer

    hello, i am a retail pharmacist i have 5 years bachelor degree from my home country. and i have 10 years experience as a retail pharmacist in the middle east region.and i have 33 years

    am i eligible for express entry?
    do i have to pass any kind of evaluating exam to evaluate my bachelor degree?

    waiting your kind reply as soon as possible

    Reply
    1. Vahe Mirzoyan

      Hello Samer. Thank you for writing to us. You have a lot of great work experience. There are many factors that need to be considered when evaluating your Express Entry eligibility. I am going to recommend that you contact us to make an appointment to talk with one of our immigration professionals who will be able to plan the best strategy for you. You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-855-886-8472 or online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
      Regards, Vahe

      Reply
  8. Niraj

    Hi. I have Masters degree and working jn a bank as a teller for more than a year now. Doesn’t Canada has clerical work requirements in banking under it’s occupation category. ?

    there’s a category for “1434 Banking, Insurance and Other Financial Clerks” which basically can be just defined as a bank teller. And when you look at the titles under that category, there are 71 possible job titles, including “automatic teller machine (ATM) clerk,”

    Reply
    1. Vahe Mirzoyan

      Hello Niraj. You are correct. Your NOC would be 1434. If you need help with your applications to make sure that you are not making any mistakes, and so that you will have a legal team taking care of all the matters, then please contact us to book a consultation with one of our immigration professionals. You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-855-886-8472 or online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
      Regards, Vahe

      Reply
  9. Shweta Vishisht

    I am btech mba

    8 yrs work expr
    30 age
    Ielts l 8.5
    R 6.5
    W 6.5
    A 7.5

    I am eligible for express entry canada ?
    What is required for creating a profile showi g interest for province ontario?

    Reply
    1. Vahe Mirzoyan

      Hello Shweta. It looks like you have excellent qualifications for the Express Entry program. The Express Entry minimum points requirement is at its second lowest ever since the program was started. It is an excellent time to apply and take advantage of the situation before the point requirements increase as predicted. If you want the fastest and most accurate method of applying for the program, You should book a consultation with one of our legal team members so that they can give you the advice that you need to make sure that nothing goes wrong with your application. You can make an appointment by following this link http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
      Regards, Vahe

      Reply
  10. Mandip

    Hello , I have done investment banking and securities and work in finance department in a company. The only problem is I have overstayed my uk visa would it effect my application to Canada.

    Thanks

    Reply
    1. Vahe Mirzoyan

      Hello Mandip. The immigration officers have the right to question you on every aspect of your travel and visa history. The policy that we subscribe to is to always tell the honest and straightforward truth. What we do with our clients is to make sure that every aspect of their history is well explained to the immigration officer so that there are no misunderstandings. I do not know how far you have proceeded with your goal for Canadian Permanent Residency, but I will ask one of our immigration professionals to contact you to see how we can help you achieve your dream.
      Regards,
      Vahe

      Reply
      1. Mandip

        When could you let me know about it

        Reply
        1. Vahe Mirzoyan

          Hello Mandip, You should have been contacted already. Please let me know.
          Vahe

          Reply
  11. Neelesh Kumar

    Hi Owen,
    Can I use TOFEL forEnglish proficiency for express entry or just IELTS?

    Reply
    1. Vahe Mirzoyan

      Hello Neelesh.

      The two language tests that are acceptable for the Express Entry program are:
      CELPIP: Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program
      IELTS: International English Language Testing System.

      TOFEL is not accepted.

      Regards
      Vahe

      Reply
  12. Laura

    Hello!
    I’m going to do the Toelf IBT on saturday 19, but when I took a look at the page for express entry, there is not option to chose TOELF. Can I apply for express entry? I’ve been worked in bank’s all my life, first I started at Santader, than I went to HSBC an worked there for 9 years, plus I’m graduate in business administration, am I abble to apply?
    Thank you very much
    Laura

    Reply
  13. Sandip

    Hi Owen:
    I have a query that is not yet asked in the forum. I have PhD in Engineering from US University. Do I need to take IELTS to show proficiency in English? Also, can TOEFL score (6 years old) be considered?

    Thanks in advance,
    Regards,
    Sandip

    Reply
  14. Olga

    Hello, I took TOEFL in November 2013, and since August 2014 I’ve been studying in the American university, where primary language of instruction is, of course, English. Do I still need to re-take the test if I am planning to apply in 2016?

    Also, does Research Assistant position in the scientific research laboratory qualify as the relevant work experience?

    Reply
  15. Vicente Vargas

    I have a valid TOEFL test score, but the Entry Express website does not have an option to report my scores. What can I do?

    Reply
  16. Enrique J Fernández

    Hello,
    I’ve just taken the TOEFL test and scored 99. I wanted to know if this test is valid for the Express Entry Program. I took the TOEFL because the Mc Gill University allowed me to take it for study reasons. I was planning to study an MBA, but I was wondering if there is any chance to use this score to apply to any inmigration program.
    Thank you.

    Reply
    1. Mira Freiwat

      Hello Enrique,

      Thank you for your inquiry. The Express Entry Program requires applicants to provide either IELTS or TOEFL test scores that are still valid (within 2 years of taking the test) and it must be the General English proficiency test, not the Academic one. If yours is the General one, you can surely use it. MF

      Reply
  17. Luis Andrade

    Hello guys, I’m a pharmacist, specialized in pharmacology in Brazil with 6 years of experience, I am fluent in English and my wife is a social worker with 2 years of experience, Am I eligible to Express Entry???

    Reply
    1. Mira Freiwat

      Hello Luis,

      Thank you for your post. Although I would still need more details from you to determine your eligibility, I can tell you that your occupation as a Pharmacist is highly in demand here in Canada. If you would like to schedule a consultation to go over the process, I would be more than happy to assist you, [email protected]. MF

      Reply
  18. Amol

    Hello,
    I am an engineer and i have recently taken iBT TOEFL securing a score of 102, so do i need to take IELTS exam again for will this TOEFL exam be valid for express entry program?

    Reply
    1. Mira Freiwat

      Hello Amol,

      Thank you for your post. The exam that you have taken is valid and recognized by CIC for the Express Entry Program, so you will not be required to take the IELTS. MF

      Reply
    2. Rica

      Hi. I am a registered Physiotherapist aiming to work and migrate in Canada. I am in a TOEFL review as it is accepted in the Canada Alliance of Physiotherapist Regulators. I learned that the Express entry accepts IELTS and not the toefl. I am confused now if I still need to take IELTS. What do you think?

      Also, is it ok if I apply for Credentialling in CARP and apply for FSWP and Express Entry Program simultaneously?

      Reply
      1. Muga Rajbhandari

        Hello Rica. Express Entry requires a score from IELTS. I am going to suggest that you contact us to make an appointment to talk with one of our immigration professionals who will be able to plan the best strategy for you. You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-855-886-8472 or online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
        Regards, Muga

        Reply
  19. Shahid

    Hi,
    My name is Shahid, I’m 34 Pakistani National, having over 11 years banking experience, 7 years on Managerial position and have MBA degree from one of the recognised a university. Worked as Branch Manager for 7 years in bank in retail banking segment. We are family of 3 people with one kid. My wife has done Master’s In Psychology and a housewife. Have a lot of family in Canada in provinces of Ontario, Alberta, British Colombia(both me and my wife, aunts, uncles, sister also). Have given IELTS just 2 days back, waiting for the result. We wish to immigrate as family and settle and have sufficient of funds over 130,000 CAD can be brought right away. Have a total property worth 500,000 CAD in Pakistan which I can declare and in my name. What chances do you see and we intend moving to Canada within this year as we want to start our children’s basic education to be started there. Thanking you in advance for your advise. Best Regards, Shahid.

    Reply
    1. Mira Freiwat

      Hello Shahid,

      Thank you for your post. Based upon the information you have provided, you would qualify for Express Entry. If you would like assistance in creating your profile and applying online, please contact us at [email protected] so that we can get started immediately! MF

      Reply
  20. paru

    hi i am parbatii from nepal i have passed b.ed . i have 4 year exeprebce in teaching in goverment school ..can i appy the appy the express vissa for canada .. if i cannot what i should plz give idea what i do?

    Reply
    1. owen

      Hello Paru,

      It appears that you may be eligible for express entry given your skilled work experience, however, you should ensure that you score at least 6.0 in each section of the IELTS in order to be able to obtain Canadian Permanent Resident status. We would be happy to help you immigrate, and once you fill out our free online assessment form, one of our immigration professionals will be in touch with you shortly http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/

      Regards,
      Owen

      Reply
  21. kaber

    i am 29 years old from nepal.i have 12 passed. now i am out of country .i want to appy the express program
    . but i have no IELTS . it is necessary need ielts. where i can read IElTS. there is any idea reads IElTs out of country..plz give kind infromation. where i can take ielts .

    Reply
    1. owen

      Hello Kaber,

      Yes, you must take the IELTS, and you should aim to score at least 6.0 in each section. Please refer to the IELTS website for testing locations around the world.

      Regards,
      Owen

      Reply
  22. Ramesh

    hi i am ramesh from nepal . i am 28 years old. i have 12 passed in management .i have 4 year working exeprience G4S security comny qatr.can i appy plz give me kind information..

    Reply
    1. owen

      Hello Ramesh,

      Given the information you provided, you may be eligible for express entry if you can score at least 6.0 in each section of the IELTS. We would be happy to help you immigrate, and once you fill out our free online assessment form, one of our immigration professionals will be in touch with you shortly http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/

      Regards,

      Owen

      Reply
  23. Asghar Ali

    Hello!
    I am a Medical graduate, done with MBBS in2013 and internship completed by 2014, since then am working in a hospital, which roughly equates to 6 months experience. My Ielt score stands at 8 with a minimm of 7 in writing. Am i eligible to epress entry given the current scenario, and do i have to clear MCC exams first for getting a job?
    Thanks

    Reply
    1. owen

      Hello Asghar,

      Thanks for the question. You would need to pass the MCC exams prior to being able to practice medicine in Canada, and you will also need to be licensed by the relevant provincial college of physicians. Once you do those things and obtain either a work permit or go through the express entry program, then you will be able to come to Canada.

      Regards,
      Owen

      Reply
  24. Syed

    Hi, My name is Syed and i have already applied for my PR in December 2014 through PNP program economy class and yet to receive any response/file number. I want to know that can i apply for express entry in this case and if yes, How? and would it be beneficial for me to apply for express entry if i have already applied for my PR in terms of processing of application?. Secondly, Meanwhile, if i get married to someone international can my spouse apply for express entry, is there any stream for spouse?. Thanks.

    Reply
    1. owen

      Hello Syed,

      Yes, you could apply for express entry, and this probably would not have any bearing on your PR application. Also, your spouse could accompany you to Canada if your express entry application is successful. We would be happy to help you immigrate, and once you fill out our free online assessment form, one of our immigration professionals will be in touch with you shortly http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/

      Regards,
      Owen

      Reply
  25. Moninder singh

    Sir i have complete the 10th in 2008 After complete diploma in civil engg. 2011 After complete B.tech in civil engg. in 2014 and 1 year experience in site engg. I am eligible for express entry canada program for canada

    Reply
    1. owen

      Hello Moninder,

      If you write the IELTS and score at least 6.0 in each section, then you likely will be eligible for express entry. We would be happy to help you immigrate, and once you fill out our free online assessment form, one of our immigration professionals will be in touch with you shortly http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/

      Regards,
      Owen

      Reply
  26. Dr Jehan zeb

    Hi,
    I am a Doctor (G.P), have 10 years of experience,last experience is 8 years,
    My ielts score is overall 7 & 6.5 in reading & writing & 7 in speaking & listening…May i eligible to apply ?to increase my score in the pool, I can not get a job offer before i pass my MCC qualifying exams …?
    Thanks

    Reply
    1. owen

      Hello,

      It appears that you would be eligible for express entry, and you are likely correct that you will need to be fully licensed prior to receiving a job offer. We would be happy to help you immigrate, and once you fill out our free online assessment form, one of our immigration professionals will be in touch with you shortly http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/

      Regards,
      Owen

      Reply
  27. Anonymous

    Sir i wants to know that whether Gnm nurses are eligible for express entry programme

    Reply
    1. owen

      Hello,

      Yes, nurses are eligible for express entry. You should look into the registration process for the nursing association in the province in which you wish to practice. Having a valid job offer would also be very beneficial. We would be happy to help you immigrate, and once you fill out our free online assessment form, one of our immigration professionals will be in touch with you shortly http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/

      Regards,
      Owen

      Reply
  28. prasad

    I would like to know whether IELTS is mandatory or optional for express entry. If we have valid offer from Canada, do we still need ielts?
    I am currently in India. In some places I have seen that its not mandatory.

    Also if there is no ielts, will it be still approved for LMO?

    Regards
    prasad

    Reply
    1. owen

      Hello,

      Yes, you will need to write the IELTS in order to be eligible for express entry, and you should score at least 6.0 in each section of the IELTS in order to qualify. We would be happy to help you immigrate, and once you fill out our free online assessment form, one of our immigration professionals will be in touch with you shortly http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/

      Regards,
      Owen

      Reply
  29. JASWINDER KUMAR

    Sir,
    I have done BCA (regular) and 3 years experiene and my experience has in diferent companies. how many exp. years required for express entry program.
    Am I elegible for express entry program ?

    Reply
    1. owen

      Hello Jaswinder,

      You may be able to enter the express entry scheme on the basis of having at least one year of full time work experience in a skilled occupation, and for express entry, more work experience will further increase the number of points which you are awarded. We would be happy to help you immigrate, and once you fill out our free online assessment form, one of our immigration professionals will be in touch with you shortly http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/

      Regards,
      Owen

      Reply
  30. Cane

    Hello Owen,
    I wish to apply for FSW under express entry programme. I have an MSc in Mechanical Engineering with 3 years experience in mechanical engineering related job. My degree result has been verified by ECA and my IELTS over all band is 6.5 with minimum of 6.0 in each of the test. My question is must a candidate get a minimum of 67 points before applying for FSW under Express entry because I think I came across somewhere on CIC website where it was stated that potential candidate MUST meet minmium point criteria be it FSW or federal skilled trade before the candidate will be accepted into the pool. My total points using FSW selection criteria is just 65 . Could you please throw more light on this.
    Look forward to your reply.
    Thanks

    Reply
    1. owen

      Hello Cane,

      You may qualify for express entry through one of the economic routes to immigration other than the FSWP, but in order to determine this we will need some more information from you. You may also want to search for Canadian employers, and accordingly we can assist you in obtaining a Work Permit which involves going through the LMIA process. We would be happy to help you immigrate, and once you fill out our free online assessment form, one of our immigration professionals will be in touch with you shortly http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/

      Regards,
      Owen

      Reply
  31. Hitesh

    Hi,

    I have completed MCA and more than 8+ years I’m working in IT field, since last 8 years I’m living and working in USA on H1-B visa.

    Do I need to attend the IELTS exam? If “YES” then how many minimum bands are required for me in each module?
    Or it is not required for me.

    Your response would be much appreciated.

    Thanks,
    Hitesh

    Reply
    1. owen

      Hello Hitesh,

      Thanks for the question. All applicants are required to write the IELTS exam, and you must score at least 6.0 in each section of the test. We would be happy to help you immigrate, and once you fill out our free online assessment form, one of our immigration professionals will be in touch with you shortly http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/

      Regards,
      Owen

      Reply
  32. Ashiq Hussain

    I am profession by hotel/catering manager with 15 years of experience.I am graduate in commerce submit my docs for WES.
    Please could you advise if I am eligable to migrate canada through any of schemes

    Reply
    1. owen

      Hello Ashiq,

      You will have to write the IELTS and aim to score at least 6.0 in each category. You may be eligible under the FSWP given your occupation, but we will have to carefully present your case to the government in order for you to qualify. We would be happy to help you immigrate, and once you fill out our free online assessment form, one of our immigration professionals will be in touch with you shortly http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/

      Regards,
      Owen

      Reply
  33. Navdeep

    Hi. i had checked the website and it shows part time work equals to full time can be considered. I had 2 years of part time experience which is equals to 1.5 years full time. ( 1560 hrs/ year = full time)

    Reply
    1. owen

      Hello Navdeep,

      According to the CIC website, 15 hours/week for 24 months = 1 year full time (1560 hours). We would be happy to help you immigrate, and once you fill out our free online assessment form, one of our immigration professionals will be in touch with you shortly http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/

      Regards,
      Owen

      Reply
  34. ali aman

    Hi,
    I am living in denmark on green card scheme and i am from Pakistan.I have done MBA in marketing and have 18 years education which is equal to 1 year danish master degree.I am working as financial and marketing manager.I have 6 years job experience.can you guide me how I will apply for express entry and am I eligible or not?

    Reply
    1. owen

      Hello Ali,

      As a financial manager, you would be eligible for express entry given your work experience, and your educational credentials will also help. You must also write the IELTS and score at least 6.0 in each section of the IELTS in order to successfully complete the immigration process. We would be happy to help you immigrate, and once you fill out our free online assessment form, one of our immigration professionals will be in touch with you shortly http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/

      Regards,
      Owen

      Reply
  35. RAJU BORUGADDA

    Sir, Is iBT TOEFL accepted ?

    Reply
    1. owen

      Hello Raju,

      Only the General Training IELTS or CELPIP may be used for immigration purposes. Please let us know if you have any more questions.

      Regards,
      Owen

      Reply
  36. digitha

    Hai i am digitha….i am a bsc nurse by profession ….and i have my ielts done with speaking-7 and rea,writ,list–6 and i have my credentials done i have two years ofwork expirence in my profession…can i apply for express entry

    Reply
    1. owen

      Hello Digitha,

      Yes, you would likely qualify for express entry. You should look into obtaining a license to practice from the relevant provincial nursing association. Please let us know if you require any further assistance.

      Regards,
      Owen

      Reply
  37. sandhya padmaraj

    I am 41 years old and have done my IELTS Academic and obtained the below scores …
    Reading – 6.5 ; Listening – 8 ; Writing – 7.5 and Speaking – 7.5 …. I have 12+ years of experience in Finance and Accounts and am currently working in Accenture Services Private Limited for the past 6 years ….

    Can I apply for Canadian PR visa ? I am told that only IELTS General will be accepted for Canadian PR Visa ? Please confirm if I need to re-appear my IELTS ?

    Reply
    1. owen

      Hello Sandhya,

      You will need to have General IELTS completed in order to apply for Canadian immigration programs.

      Regards,
      Owen

      Reply
  38. ALWIN JOSEPH

    Hi,

    I understand that as per new Express Entry System, the candidate should register with job bank Canada while submitting the application through Express Entry.

    Do the candidates who have been already registered with the job bank need to register again in January 2015?

    Regards,

    ALWIN

    Reply
    1. owen

      Hello Alwin,

      You don’t need to be registered with a job bank but it is certainly a good idea if you are searching for a Canadian employer. Please see http://www.visaplace.com/canadian-immigration/ for more information.

      Regards,
      Owen

      Reply
  39. Haider Anwar

    Hi!
    I have one question regarding the express entry online process that when will it exactly starts and what will be the deadline?
    I am a Nurse Supervisor with an International ngo and having degree of Master in Social work, my English is also good so what do you think about me.

    Haider

    Reply
    1. owen

      Hello Haider,

      Thanks for the question. Express entry begins in January 2015, and you may submit an application at any time. You must also write the IELTS and score at least 6.0 in each section in order to maintain eligibility. If you have been working as a registered nurse on a full time basis for at least one year then that would qualify as a skilled occupation and you would be eligible on that basis. Please see http://www.visaplace.com/blog-immigration-law/blog-immigration-law/express-entry-program/ for more information.

      Regards,
      Owen

      Reply
  40. Mani

    Hello,

    This is Mani having 11 years of software(IT) experience in Java and J2ee. I have already done my ECA assessment and did my ielts and has socre of R – 6.0, L,S,W – 4.5. Am I eligible for express entry program?. Please let me know your comments

    Thanks,
    Mani

    Reply
    1. owen

      Hello Mani,

      Generally, a minimum score of 6.0 in each category of the IELTS is required to immigrate to Canada. You could re-write your IELTS or you may want to search for Canadian employers. We can assist you in obtaining a Work Permit which involves getting an LMIA approval. Please see http://www.visaplace.com/canadian-immigration/temporary-visas/work-permits/ for more information.

      Regards,
      Owen

      Reply
  41. fahad sheikh

    Hi sir,
    My self fahad sheikh from India having master of science degree in chemistry subject and 1.9 year experience in chemical industry, my wife pursued master of economics degree, she has no any experience, so please tell me,i am eligible for express entry program?
    And how much band I have required,for ielts?

    Regards
    Fahad sheikh

    Reply
    1. owen

      Hello Fahad,

      Generally, a minimum score of 6.0 in each category of the IELTS is required to immigrate to Canada. Although you don’t appear to be eligible for express entry because you don’t have a skilled occupation, you may want to search for Canadian employers and we can assist you in obtaining a Work Permit which involves getting an LMIA. Please see http://www.visaplace.com/canadian-immigration/temporary-visas/work-permits/ for more information.

      Regards,
      Owen

      Reply
  42. PATOASKY

    please, when are applicants required to show proof of fund for express entry. When expressing interest to apply or after being invited to apply?

    Again, for how long should the fund be held in the account before showing it in your application

    Reply
    1. owen

      Hello,

      Thanks for the question. You should show proof of funds where it indicates in the application, as this will help show that you will not become a public charge. Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any further questions.

      Regards,
      Owen

      Reply
  43. Kamana

    If i Have Undergraduate and Masters Degree from USA, do i need to take the Language test for Express entry??

    Reply
    1. owen

      Hello Kamana,

      Thanks for the question. With very few exceptions, you will be required to take the IELTS. Please fill out our free online assessment form and one of our immigration professionals will be in touch with you shortly. http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/

      Regards,
      Owen

      Reply
  44. Anurag Biswas

    Hi,

    I am a National Retail Manager with more than 7 years of experience in retail operations across various industries. I have taken IELTS as well and i have an overall band of 7.5 Do you think i should submit an EOI.

    Reply
    1. owen

      Hello Harpreet,

      You will require a minimum IELTS score of 6.0 in each category in order to qualify. If you are teaching at the college/university level then you would be eligible for express entry since that is a skilled occupation. Please see http://www.visaplace.com/canadian-immigration/canada-permanent-residence/ for more information.

      Regards,
      Owen Ltwin

      Reply
  45. Natalie Meroro

    My name is Natalie ; I just want to know if I am eligible .Graduated from Humber College with Business Accounting Dimploma .Currently working for a Bank as Teller .Have work for over a year.I am working on Postgraduate work permit .Can I qualify under express entry ?

    Reply
    1. owen

      Hello Natalie,

      You do not have a skilled profession, so although you may not qualify under express entry, if you obtain a Work Permit from the company you work for, then you could train to become a financial brokerage manager, a financial analyst or another skilled profession which would allow you to qualify for express entry and become a permanent resident. Please see http://www.visaplace.com/canadian-immigration/canada-permanent-residence/skilled-worker-program/ for more information.

      Regards,
      Owen

      Reply
  46. Palak

    Hi Owen,

    My name is Palak. I completed MCA in june- 2013 and hold 1.5 year experience as a Computer Programmer. i have 6 band in each module of Ielts.
    my husband has done Master in computer. he got 4.5 in reading, 5.5 in writing, 6 in speaking and 6.5 in listening and doing own hospitality business. am i eligible to apply as FSW?

    Reply
  47. Dipesh Patel

    Hi i am MBA with more than 8 years of work experience in retail management and tour agency manager. i have oveall band score in IELTS 6.0 individual R-6.5 L- 6 S- 6 W-5.5.

    Am i Eligible for EOI

    Reply
    1. owen

      Hello Dipesh,

      Your occupations would not qualify as a skilled job, however if you have family in Canada or you are willing to invest in Canadian business then there may still be options for you to obtain Canadian PR. We can help you explore those options, and please see http://www.visaplace.com/canadian-immigration/canada-permanent-residence/ for more information.

      Regards,
      Owen

      Reply
  48. Venu

    Hi,

    I am planning to migrate to Canada. I am an Indian citizen. I am having around 11 years of experience on SAP and working as a Senior SAP Consultant. Working in Singapore from 7 years. I am a degree holder. My IELTS score is Overall-6.5, L-6, W-6.5, R-5.5, S-7.5

    I am I eligible to Express entry program. How to proceed further to migrate? Kindly suggest me
    Thanks
    Venu

    Reply
    1. owen

      Hello Venu,

      Thanks for the message. You may be eligible for the express entry program given your occupation and number of years of experience. Once you partner with us, our experienced immigration lawyers will guide you through the entire process step-by-step and we will help you submit a strong application to the express entry program. Please see http://www.visaplace.com/canadian-immigration/canada-permanent-residence/ for more information.

      Regards,
      Owen

      Reply
  49. sara arif

    HI, Im an MBBS doctor working as a general physician recently in KSA. I have working experience of almost 10 years. I have already applied for my MCCEE exam which is going to be held soon within a months period. My Credientials are already approved by the Canadian Medical Council and I am issued an original ECR report as well. I have done ielts in academic module last year.I have Canadian visitors Visa for 2 years. So kindly suggest me if I will b eligible for Express Entry Program.

    Reply
    1. owen

      Hello Sara,

      Thanks for the question. The express entry could be an option for you if you have experience working in Canada, or alternatively we could help you obtain a work permit and then at a later time you could become a permanent resident. Please see http://www.visaplace.com/canadian-immigration/ for more information.

      Regards,
      Owen

      Reply
      1. samm

        Hi Sara,

        Can you help me with a query..
        What is the level of education for MBBS degree? My wife is a recent graduate with an MBBS degree from India. Does she qualify for Bachelors or Masters or Doctorate level?

        Thanks

        Reply
  50. Zia-Ur-Rehman Nasir

    I am Zia. I have done BBA ( Honors ) having work experience of 9+ years in the Finance Sector. currently working as finance manager, with IELTS Score of 7.0 6.5, 6.5, 6.5. Also have my credentials assessed by ICAS with a positive. brother of my wife is in canada having PR. am i eligible to submit my application through express entry in jan 2015 or i need a valid LMIA? Thanks

    Reply

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