If you are a person with skills who wishes to immigrate to Canada, you may be able to speed up the process under the Express Entry Program.
Who Is Eligible for Express Entry?
Express Entry is available to candidates who qualify for permanent resident status under the Federal Skilled Worker Program, the Federal Skilled Trades Program, or the Canadian Experience Class.
Firstly, a candidate must ascertain whether they qualify under one of the above-mentioned programs. If so, they can then create a profile and upload information to an applicant pool. They are then ranked against all the other people in the pool using a point system. From time to time, immigration officials with Citizenship and Immigration Canada will draw and select the highest-ranking applicants and issue these individuals with an invitation to apply (ITA) for permanent residence.
Once invited, selected applicants have 60 days to apply. Candidates are allowed to remain in the applicant pool for up to one year and may submit another Express Entry information profile if they don’t receive an invitation to apply within that one-year period as long as they still satisfy the eligibility requirements for one of the three federal programs.
What Types of Occupations Qualify?
The Express Entry program does not qualify candidates based on a specific list of occupations. Rather, it asks applicants to provide information about their specific skills, work background, language abilities, educational history, and any other qualifications.
Applicants can also earn points by possessing past work experience in Canada or proving that they have a provincial nomination or have secured a job offer from an employer in Canada. The process is similar to placing a resume on file and waiting for an invitation to interview for employment.
If you are interested in accelerating the path to permanent residence, and you believe you qualify under a federal program, call us to discuss the Express Entry Program. Even if you don’t currently qualify for Express Entry, there may be steps you can take to improve your eligibility. We can help identify areas for improvement and point you toward resources that can help. Permanent residence may be closer than you think.