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Canadian Express Entry

On this page:

  • Overview
  • Who Can Apply
    • Federal Skilled Worker Program
    • Federal Skilled Trade Program
    • Canadian Experience Class
  • How Long it Takes
  • How It Works
  • Eligibility Criteria

Overview

Canada Express Entry is the most popular and quickest program for immigration to the great land of Canada, specifically targeting skilled and talented individuals. Candidates with high levels of education and/or work experience in specific industries, who are within a specified age bracket, and fluent in English and/or French are eligible to apply.

The program consists of the Federal Skilled Worker Program, Federal Skilled Trade Program and the Canadian Experience Class- each having their own minimum requirements based on multiple factors.

If you meet the minimum requirements, you are eligible to apply. The next step is having your consultant create a great Express Entry profile and prepare it for submission.

You are then chosen through a draw from the Express Entry Pool according to your Express Entry points in the Comprehensive Ranking System- out of a total of 1200.

The highest scoring applicants are sent an invitation to apply for permanent residence and must submit relevant documentation. After the documents are processed, the doors to a new life in Canada are open.

Who Can Apply

  • Educated and Experienced Professionals
  • Skilled Workers in Technical/Artistic/Culinary etc Occupations
  • Candidates with Canadian Work Experience

You need to qualify for one of the three mentioned programs to file your Express Entry application and be eligible for Canada immigration.

Federal Skilled Worker Program

This program is for talented individuals with proven work experience in occupations which are outlined in the National Occupation Classification. The minimum requirements for this program are based upon:

  • skilled work experience
  • language fluency
  • education

You must have at least 1-year of proven full time or equivalent part-time work experience in a role that falls under:

  • Managerial jobs
  • Professional jobs
  • Skilled Trades or Technical jobs

If you meet the minimum requirements, you can apply through this program and you will score Express Entry points on the basis of six factors which are:

  • age
  • education
  • work experience
  • job offer in Canada
  • English or French fluency
  • and your likeliness to adapt to life in Canada

Federal Skilled Trade Program

This Program is relevant for people who want to become permanent residents because of proven experience in a skilled trade ie, chefs, cooks, technicians, constructors, etc.

The minimum requirements for this program include:

  • language fluency (English or French)
  • at least 2 years of experience in the mentioned trade within 5 years of your application
  • job responsibilities categorized in one of the National Occupational Classifications
  • having a full-time job offer for 1 year by a Canadian authority

* Program not applicable in Quebec

Canadian Experience Class

This program is for skilled workers who have previously worked in or are working in Canada and would like to obtain permanent residency on that basis.

The minimum requirements for this program include:

  • language fluency
  • 1-year of skilled work experience in Canada within 3 years of your application
  • Must be able to legally enter Canada again

How Long it Takes

From 45 days to 6 months.

How It Works

The Canada Express Entry program is the quickest way to gain entry and permanent residence in Canada. In order to be eligible to apply you need to meet the minimum requirements for one of the programs: Federal Skilled Worker, Federal Skilled Trade, or Canadian Experience Class. You must then take a relevant language test such as IELTS or TEF and gather your documentation. Then an expert can help you create your Express Entry Profile and submit it for the draw, which usually occurs bi-monthly but can vary.

If you are amongst the highest scoring candidates, you will receive an invitation to apply. Your consultant can help you submit documents and wait for processing- which can take up to 6 months. Once approved your consultant can also help in preparing you for preliminary hurdles, looking for a job (if you don't already have a valid job offer) accommodation, and other issues that you may need to take care of.

Then you are off to live a life full of opportunities in Canada!