Express Entry is an online application system designed for skilled immigrants who desire to settle in Canada and contribute to the Canadian economy. It uses a points-based system, known as the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS), to rank skilled workers on the basis of the information provided by them, and then select the most competitive for immigration by conducting regular draws.
This programme is managed by the department of Immigration of the Government of Canada, i.e., Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). IRCC selects and communicates with qualified and skilled immigrants on the basis of their skills and ability to contribute to Canada’s economy and helps by fulfilling the labour market requirements of Canada.
There are three programmes which could easily help skilled workers choose the category and apply accordingly. These three programmes are:
Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) is one of the economic immigration programs managed under Express Entry. This economic immigration program is for skilled workers with foreign work experience who want to immigrate to Canada permanently and support the economy by utilizing their skills.
In this program, it is mandatory for the skilled workers to meet the eligibility criteria on the basis of factors including:
These 6 factors are a part of a 100-point grid, which is used to check the eligibility of the candidate for the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP). Out of 100-point, it is mandatory for the applicant to score a minimum of 67-points, in order to submit an application for a Canadian Permanent Residence Visa.
Before submitting an application to IRCC, skilled workers must have at least two years of full-time paid work experience (or an equivalent amount of part-time work experience) in a Skilled Trade Profile (Skill Level “0,” “A,” or “B”).
In addition to this, it is mandatory for a skilled worker to have:
The minimum score requirements for Express Entry’s Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP) vary depending on the language module, i.e.,
The Canadian Experience Class (CEC) is one of the Express Entry-managed economic immigration programs. This economic immigration program is designed for temporary foreign skilled workers and foreign graduates with Canadian work experience who wish to become Canadian Permanent Residents.
It is mandatory for the skilled worker to have at least one (1) year of cumulative paid and full-time (or equivalent part-time) work experience in Canada in the past 3 years before the submission of the application. Work experience can be in 1 or more of the below-stated National Occupational Classification (NOC) job groups:
In addition to this, the minimum language score requirements for the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) Program vary depending on the National Occupational Classification (NOC) job group/s, i.e.
Yes, paid internships and part-time jobs are applicable to programs. If the student or immigrant meets the minimum eligibility requirements with the claimed experience, he or she can file for the Express Entry pathway.
Yes, one can apply without an offer letter, but he or she has to show his or her previous work experience as well as proof of funds that he or she can use in the meantime.
No. Atleast one year of experience is required.
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