Who Can Apply for Express Entry Canada

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Good news for Canada Express Entry Program. This is Michael Niren, immigration lawyer and founder of VisaPlace.com.

You don’t often hear me say good news when I speak about Canadian immigration law. Over the last few years, it has been harder and harder to qualify for immigration to Canada and to United States, but under the Express Entry Program, I am optimistic because it’s what I will consider an open system. And what I mean by that is virtually anybody can apply unlike in the past where you needed, for example, an occupation on a government occupation list or you needed certain level of education. Under the Express Entry Program anybody can submit their profile and be considered for immigration. How it works is that you will be put in a pool of applicants and then the government will select the best applications it considers for immigration.

Who Can Apply for Express Entry?

Now, there are some criteria that they use but generally speaking anybody can submit their profile and potentially be selected. So this is really good news. Now of course if you have a job offer lined up, you are likely in a better position to qualify but it doesn’t mean that you won’t be selected if you don’t have a job offer.

So this is really encouraging and as an immigration lawyer, our job now becomes to highlight and emphasize the best qualities of our applicants to try to convince the government that they would make good candidates for immigration and to be selected. So this is to me really good news. A lot of people can contribute to the Canadian economy, can make an impact, who would otherwise not necessarily be considered under the old system. So this is something that, as I said, I consider good news and I am looking forward to helping people process applications through the new Express Entry System. So, hopefully this has given you hope as well and don’t be discouraged.

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Are You Interested in the Express Entry Program?

The most important aspect of the Express Entry program is to get an invitation to apply for permanent residence. 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! 

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

  • Brenda H

    I am a Canadian Citizen born and raised here in Toronto. However, I am married to a wonderful Man from The USA who is a US Citizen and would like to immigrate to Canada through Express Entry providing this is a lot quicker then for us to do the Spousal Sponsorship? and become a permanent resident here in Canada. He has no job offers here in Canada as they the company’s he has applied to said that he must be a resident first.
    Also question becomes this. If my husband and I were to do the Express Entry how long would this take and what is the cost?
    Also if we did this Express Entry Program and this should not work out for him as he has not been selected for this program could we still go ahead and do the Spousal Sponsorship? Or would it be just best for us to just carry on with the Sponsorship?

    • Mira Freiwat

      Hello Brenda,

      Thank you for your inquiry…it really is a good one! I’ve been asked this same question several times since Express Entry has launched and applicants are always looking to weigh their options to determine which is the best avenue for them. To answer your specific question Brenda, it really depends on what YOUR time frame is, how soon your husband can come to Canada and leave his employment in the US and sustain himself without working here while awaiting either an employer or employment authorization…now in order for me to fully assess and advise you correctly, I need to learn more about you and your spouse. Please complete this form for me Brenda, http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/ as it will provide me with all the details I need. You will be contacted once it has been reviewed. MF

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