Express Entry Takes Effect January 1st
Canada’s immigration system is adopting a new process in the New Year called “express entry”. It will be a two stage electronic process affecting permanent residency applications that first requires candidates to create an online profile and then, after each applicant is ranked against one another in a pool, a select few are invited to apply for permanent residence. The goal is to decrease processing times and to better select immigrants will contribute to the Canadian labor market.
Interested candidates that meet certain requirements and have created the online profile are placed in a pool with other candidates and ranked according to various criteria including whether you have a job offer and language skills. However, you can still rank without an offer of employment. If you do not have a job offer or a Provincial Nomination, you will have to register with the Government of Canada’s Job Bank which will direct you to eligible Canadian employers.
Those who rank highly will then receive an invitation to apply for permanent residence in Canada. Once you have been invited to apply for permanent residence, you will have sixty (60) days to submit your electronic application under one of the following programs:
- Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP);
- Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP);
- Canadian Experience Class (CEC); or,
- A portion of the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP)
The most important aspect of the Express entry program is to get an invitation to apply for permanent residence. Contact us and find out how we can help.
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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