Express Entry Begins in January 2015

The new Express Entry system in Canada will be effective as of January 2015; it will involve a two-step online process that begins with the candidate completing an online profile and concludes with the government, after ranking those found eligible, inviting candidates to apply for permanent residence.

citizenship-act-bill-c-24The purpose of the system is to match potential immigrants with highly skilled vacant jobs in the Canadian labour market where Canadians are not available. “The idea is that more and more applicants will be coming in [to Canada] with that job offer already in hand,” said Sarah Anson-Cartwright, director of skills policy at the Canadian Chamber of Commerce.

The Express Entry system is expected to decrease permanent residency processing times to six months for those invited. However, some are concerned that the program will ignore those applicants looking for unskilled labour or low wage positions. As well, employers will not be given direct access to those in the Express Entry pool and it will be up to the government to match businesses with potential employees. In short, the new system we will have to wait and see what the new system has to offer once it comes into effect.

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

  • edwin

    Im in canada right now and waiting for my LMIA am i eligible for this changes? Thanks

    • owen

      Hello Edwin,

      Whenever the CIC adjudicates your application, you will be assessed according to the laws which are in effect at the time of adjudication. Please let us know if you have any further questions.


  • afnan ali

    i am from pakistan. my qualification is graduate electrical engineer what is scope for me in canada?

    • owen

      Hello Afnan,

      You will need at least one year of full time work experience in your field of engineering in order to immigrate to Canada. Alternatively, 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 for more information.


  • Jassm Esteban

    Sir I’m 24 year old from the Philippines,but now I am currently working here in KSA as a Diesel Mechanic. I am a graduate of a Automotive Technology way back in the philippines. CAN I APPLY FOR THIS EXPRESS.

  • Dear sir .!
    I am 22 years old and i’m from pakistani . i have diploma of Information of technology i have practical experience 8years in networking information technology .. how i apply this visa programe.
    i have NTN no and import export licence of world wide.. how can apply..? i

    • owen

      Hello Muhammad,

      Thanks for the question. Although you don’t appear to have a skilled occupation, you may still have other immigration options available to you. You can also try looking for an employer in Canada and then obtain a Work Permit which is something that we can definitely help you with. Please see for more information.


  • harjeetsingh

    im living in spain i have P:R resdance in spain how can possbile in visa for canada work o possbile change resdance

  • hello,
    I am an agriculture graduate working in a pineapple industry for two years.. I wonder if I am qualified.

    • owen

      Hello Eden,

      Thanks for the question. Although you don’t appear to have a skilled occupation, there may still be options for you depending on your particular circumstances. You could try to find a Canadian employer, and then we can help you obtain an LMIA and a Work Permit. Please see for more information.


  • B P

    Sir iam 32 years and i have completed 13.5 year course and i have 8 year work experience in hospital as iam medical lab technician and i score in Ielts only 5.5 do i apply for canada immigrat

  • Syed Rizwan Ahmed

    Dear Sir,
    I have done MBA in Finance i have seven years experiance in the filed of finance working in the capacity of manager finance i want to go for Express program to get job there as well as P.R card to stay in Canada i am Almost 30 years old.
    Do i qualify for then please help me to take decision to apply for immigration.

  • nadeem mukhtar

    I am land survior in kuwait almost I have more than six years experience in this field .I have three years diploma and autocad certificate please give me details of this programme thank you

  • Kuenryoul Park

    I am 36 years old. I graduated from Gorgebrown college last year. Now I am working at a Japanese restaurant as a cook. Actually I had prepared CEC. I have 1year experience. But I am not sure the owner of the restaurant would support me. Is the express entry sutable for me?

    • owen

      Hello Kuenryoul,

      Thanks for the question. Cooks do not qualify under the CEC program, but our experienced immigration lawyers can help you find an option which is most suitable for you so that you can remain in Canada. Please see for more information.


  • Saleem

    I am 34 year from pakistani living in Oman muscat job in oman spray painter , cost aluminium and matel work can i do express visa entry

    • owen

      Hello Saleem,

      Thanks for the question. There may be some better options for you than express entry, and we would be happy to help you explore those options in detail if give us a quick call so that you can set up a consultation with one of our experienced immigration lawyers. Please see for more information.


  • Funmilola Bamidele

    I am 54 years Nigerian, can I do a caregiver job to get permanent residence.

    • owen


      Thanks for the question. Yes this is a possibility, and we can certainly assist you with this application for permanent residency. Please don’t hesitate to set up a consultation with one of our experienced immigration lawyers.


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