Immigration to Canada based on Express Entry System
The Express Entry (EE) system was launched on January 1, 2015, as a new method of managing applications for permanent residency. The process is used in the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP) and the Canadian Experience Class (CEC), and is also part of the Provincial Nominee Programs (PNP). Under this system, skilled foreign workers who are interested in moving to Canada create an online profile. Those who meet the minimum criteria for one or more of the designated programs are entered into a poll, assessed and given a ranking using the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). Individuals with the highest scores are selected from the pool and issued an Invitation to Apply (ITA).
Who is the program for?
The Express Entry program oversees applications for three economic immigration programs:
Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP)
The FSWP is for skilled workers with foreign work experience who want to permanently immigrate to Canada.
Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP)
The FSTP is for skilled workers who want to become permanent residents based on their qualifications in a skilled trade.
Canadian Experience Class (CEC)
The CEC is for people with skilled work experience in Canada. It was developed for temporary foreign workers and foreign graduates who have qualifying Canadian work experience.
Provinces and territories can also recruit candidates from the EE pool through the PNP to meet local labour market needs.
Advantages of the program FOR immigration
- Quick processing times
- A job offer is not necessary, but may be advantageous
How Express Entry Profiles are Ranked
The calculation of points is based on: