Canada Immigration: Express Entry

Canada Immigration Express Entry is the most popular immigration system offering Canadian Permanent residence. It is an online assessment created to manage Canada’s immigration applications. Interested Candidates who meet the eligibility criteria must submit an online profile known as the Expression of Interest (EOI), under one of the three federal Canada Immigration programs or a participating PNP program.

Candidates’ profiles are ranked against each other according to a points-based system called the comprehensive ranking system (CRS). The highest-ranked candidate will be considered for an ITA for permanent residence. Those candidates who have received an ITA must submit a full application and pay a processing fee within a delay of 60 days. The federal government aims to process completed PR applications within 6 months. 

Express Entry is an online immigration system that manages skilled workers applications for permanent residence to Canada under federal and certain provincial economic programs.

It is not an immigration program in itself, but a method for selecting the best candidates for Canada’s existing skilled worker immigration programs.

Which Programs Are Covered by Express Entry?

  1. Federal Skilled Worker Program
  2. Federal Skilled Trades Program
  3. Canada Experience Class
  4. Select streams under Provincial Nominee Programs

Some Advantages of Express Entry?

  • Ability to alter the program quickly and efficiently based on Canada’s economic needs.
  • Better aligns Canada’s immigration intake with labour market requirements.
  • Candidates can improve their scores whilst in the pool, meaning they can work towards achieving an Invitation to Apply.
  • Offers a clear and realistic picture of a candidate’s Canadian immigration prospects.
  • Dramatically reduced processing times by prioritizing those more likely to be successful.
  • Gives government flexibility on immigration through CRS changes and program-specific draws.

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