Express Entry, first introduced in 2015, has become the main driver of skilled worker immigration to Canada and one of the most popular immigration systems globally. Under the Express Entry, individuals and families wishing to settle in Canada can become new permanent residents within just a few months.
Express Entry is an application management system used by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to manage and process applications received through three of Canada’s federal economic immigration programs for skilled workers.
The Express Entry involves two steps:
1. Complete an online Express Entry profile, be placed in pool of candidates.
2. Receive invitation to apply for permanent residence from IRCC.
Candidates in the pool are ranked using a point-based system (CSR).Getting into Express Entry does not guarantee invitation to apply, since applicants have to meet all eligible and admissibility requirements. Upon entering the pool, candidates are assigned a CRS score based on factors including education, work experience, language ability and other criteria. Highest-ranking candidates are regularly selected from draw and invited to apply for permanent residence. Results and previous rounds of invitations can be found at www.cic.gc.ca/english/express-entry/past-rounds.asp.
In order to be in a position to receive an invitation to apply in Express Entry draw, candidates are first required to meet the eligibility criteria of one of the three immigration programs managed through the Express Entry system:
If you want an idea of where you might score and which program works best for you, this tool helps you to calculate your score based on the answers you provide www.cic.gc.ca/english/immigrate/skilled/crs-tool.asp.
The Provincial Nominee Program is a process through which provinces nominate individuals and their families for permanent resident status based on its labour market and economic development priorities. Some streams under this program may target skilled workers, others students or businesses.
The provincial nominee program is for workers who:
have the skills, education and work experience to contribute to the economy of a specific province or territory
want to live in that province, and
want to become permanent residents of Canada
Each province and territory has its own “streams” (immigration programs that target certain groups) and requirements. For example, in a program stream, provinces and territories may target: