An application pathway process for skilled immigrants that want to settle in Canada permanently. It is a point-based system that was implemented by the Canadian government to expedite the permanent resident visa process for various economic program.
Canada has three federal programs to attract skilled people with unique skills and experience.
How it works:
Step 1: Complete an online express entry profile.
Step 2: Receive invitation to apply for permanent resident.
Getting into the pool doesn’t guarantee invitation to apply. Upon entering the pool, candidates are assigned a CRS score based on age, education, language ability, work experience and adaptability. Highest ranking candidates have more chances of being selected from the draw. To review the result and previous rounds of invitation can be found at www.cic.ga.ca/english/express-entry/past-rounds.asp
Step 3: Submit the application for permanent resident.
There 3 economic applications under this program.
Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP)
The program has minimum requirements for skilled work experience, language ability and education. Candidate must meet all the minimum requirements to be eligible.
The selection factors are based through work experience, age, language ability, adaptability and education.
Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP)
The program is for skilled workers who aim to become a permanent residents based on their skilled trade.
The program targets candidates in specific occupation such as:
- Industrial, electrical & construction trades
- Maintenance & equipment operation trades
- Supervisors & technical jobs in agriculture, natural resources and related production
- Supervisors & central utilities control operators for processing, manufacturing & utilities
- Chefs & cooks
- Butchers & bakers
To be eligible you must also meet the minimum requirement.
Canadian Experience Class (CEC)
This program is ideal for candidates that is allowed to stay in Canada temporarily and gain skilled work experience and aiming to become a permanent resident.
Self employed and students who gain experience at co-op, interning or during their part time while studying do not qualify under this program.
Provinces and territories can also recruit candidates from the Express Entry pool through the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) to meet their local needs.
This program is for candidates that their application wouldn’t go through the express entry system.