In 2015, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) launched a new electronic system called Canada Express Entry to manage the applications for permanent residency in Canada. The new program made many improvements to Canadian immigration:

  1. Quicker processing time
  2. Choosing applicants from a wider variety of fields
  3. Focus on quality of applications.

Express Entry Draws take place at regular intervals to invite candidates to apply for PR in Canada.

How does the Canada Express Entry Program work?

A step by step explanation of Canada Express Entry Program is as follows-

step 1 - Create an online profile

step 2 - Explain your skills, work experience, language ability, education and other important details.

step 3 - According to eligibility criterion, you need to take a language test in English or French.

step 4 - If you have studied outside Canada, then you will have to get your certificates assessed against Canadian education standards

step 5 - If you meet the Canada Express Entry eligibility criteria for any of the federal economic immigration programs, then you will be selected from the pool of eligible candidates.

The Canadian government will review the profile and the relevant documents thoroughly and place the candidate in one of these programs.

  1. Federal Skilled Worker Program
  2. Provincial Nominee Program
  3. Canada Experience Class
  4. Skilled Trade

Immigration to Canada without a job offer

Applicants without a job offer from a Canadian employer need to register with the newly upgraded Canada Job Bank. These job banks help Canadian potential employers to meet deserving candidates.

Selection procedure-

  • You will be given a score which will decide your place in the Canadian Immigration Entry Pool.
  • It will be based on a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) and the parameters for CRS scoring are education, language, work experience and others that contribute to economic success of an individual.
  • Invitations are issued regularly to the candidates from the Express Entry pool, giving them a chance to apply for permanent residency.
  • Even after receiving the Invitation to Apply, applicants will be required to meet the criteria of the chosen program.

Once an individual receives an Invitation to Apply (ITA), Citizenship and Immigration Canada processes their application within six months.

  • Candidates who score the highest which includes those who have valid jobs or provincial nominations will be given invitations,
  • The validity of your Express Entry profile will be 12 months. During this time, you should update your profile in case there are changes in your circumstances like change in language test

You can expect to receive an Invitation to Apply for Canada permanent residence if you meet the following criteria.

  • You have a valid job offer from an employer in Canada
  • You have been nominated by a province or territory; or
  • You are among the top ranked in the pool based on your experience and skills.

If you do not receive an Invitation to Apply for Canada permanent residence after 12 months, you can resubmit your profile and re-enter the Canada Express Entry pool, as long as you meet the criteria.

Canada Express Entry Points Calculator

The Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) is a point-based system that the Canadian Immigration Authorities have adopted in order to keep a check on the unskilled labour movement. There are certain parameters to this system; if you meet these parameters successfully then you will be awarded some points that are considered while granting you the Visa.

Important points to calculate your score for Canadian Immigration Entry Pool are:

  1. The total number of points allotted in the Canada Express Entry program is 1,200
  2. Age, education, experience, and language will be awarded a maximum of 500 points
  3. Up to 40 points, if an applicant has an accompanying spouse or common-law partner
  4. 80 Canada Express Entry points if the candidate holds at least one year of Canadian job experience
  5. 100 points for the transferable skills, which can be used in technical and non-technical jobs.

Canada Express Entry Points Calculator

Eligibility criteria for Canada Express Entry Program

The Canada Express Entry program doesn’t have an occupation list and applicants can present their credentials irrespective of what profession they are in. It is divided into three parts:

  1. Federal Skilled Worker Program
  2. Federal Skilled Trades Program
  3. The Canadian Experience Class

If you meet the eligibility to immigrate under any of these programs then-

  1. You will be placed in a pool of eligible candidates.
  2. You will be ranked based on several factors.
  3. If you make it to the top of the list, you will get an invitation.
  4. Once you are invited, you may apply for permanent residence.

To be eligible, you must make sure that you meet the criteria of one of the programs and make sure that you create a Job match account in a Job Bank. The Job Bank connects employers who are looking for job seekers with the skilled candidates who apply.

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Steps to be taken to prepare for Canada Express Entry

  • IELTS: a language test is required for in order to apply for Permanent Resident Visa
  • Credential assessment: Foreign diplomas are given an equivalent value in Canada. Credential assessment is an important first step towards licensing or certification in any field chosen by the candidate.
  • Resume and reference letters: Create an updated resume and determine how to obtain references that may be useful for job search during the permanent residence or PR process for Canada.

Points to be noted:

  1. There is no deadline to complete a profile.
  2. There is no upper limit on the number of candidates that can get selected in a pool
  3. Anyone who is selected into the Canadian Immigration Entry Pool could get an Invitation to Apply for permanent residence.
  4. A candidate is given 60 days to submit a completed Application for Permanent Residence online.
  5. Try our free service to find out whether you are eligible for this visa.
  6. Fill out the assessment form and please make sure that all information provided is authentic.

How can ISA Global help you apply for the Canada Express Entry Visa Program?

If you have decided that you want to apply for the Permanent Resident Visa via Express Entry through ISA Global, you are assured of getting the best services related to:

  • All the documentation required for the Canada Immigration Program - Federal Skilled Worker and all Provinces.
  • Filling up all the forms on your behalf.
  • Guidance on ECA or the Educational Credential Assessment.
  • Guidance on IELTS
  • Other options available on your profile

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Latest News for Canada Immigration

2750 Candidates receive ITA in Nov 15 Express Entry draw

Candidates who scored 439 or higher in Comprehensive ranking score received an Invitation to apply by Immigration, Refugee, and Citizenship Canada. The draw was held on 15Th November.

IRCC has invited 2,750 candidates in the Express Entry pool to apply for Canadian permanent residence in a draw, that took place on Nov. 15. The Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of the lowest-ranked candidate, issued an Invitation to Apply (ITA), was 439.

A few cases of threshold CRS score were decided with tie-break procedure. Candidates who scored the same CRS 439, were given priority, if they entered their profiles in the express entry pool prior to Oct 19, 2017, at 12:02:28 UTC.

The CRS threshold this time is 19 points lower than last week’s draw, which had a cut-off score of 458.

The noticeable fact here is that this draw was the fourth draw in three weeks under Express Entry Pool, which has happened only once since the entry has come into being.

2000 Candidates received ITA in November 8 Express Entry Draw

The Immigration Refugee and Citizenship Canada conducted Express Entry draw on November 8, 2017. In which, it allotted Invitation to apply to 2000 applicants. The candidate with a CRS score 458 or more received the ITA to apply for the permanent residency of Canada.

This is the 77th draw since the entry was first introduced in the year 2015 and 27th for this year.

The candidates, who scored same CRS points, were ranked depending upon the date and time of submission of their profile. The profiles which were on hold since long were given priority in this pool.

Last week IRCC announced its immigration goals to allow one million immigrants in next three years. To meet this target IRCC has to organize frequent draws or the larger one. Possibilities are that IRCC may invite more candidates and perform more frequent draws in the future.

Canada to intake one million immigrants in next 3 years

Immigration, Refugee, and Citizenship Canada have declared to intake nearly one million immigrants between 2018 and 2020 under a multiyear immigration plan defined as “the most ambitious immigration level in recent Canadian history” by Immigration minister’s Canada, Ahmed Hussen.

Economic migrants are expected to make the most of this new multi-year Immigration levels plan by Express Entry immigration selection system. The target for economic as well as express entry category immigrants will increase every year.

The plan is to provide 310,000 new Canadian PR visas in the year 2018 and increase the numbers to 330,000 and 340,000 in the year 2019 and 2020 respectively.

CRS dropped 2,757 ITA distributed in October 18 Express Entry draw

Comprehensive Ranking System for Canada reduced to 436 in the latest draw which took place on October 18, 2017. With this, a total 2,757 candidate in the pool received Invitation to apply (ITA).

CRS to apply for permanent residency in Canada was 438 in the previous draw, which reduced two points and reached 436 this time.

Candidates who received Invitation to apply have to submit their complete application for Canadian PR to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) within 90 days of receiving ITA. The applicant needs to mention about the spouse or common-law partner, dependent children or any other family member in the application form while applying if, they are also immigrating along with him.

2,801 ITA for Express Entry allotted in October 4 draw

The Express Entry Draw, which was held on October 4, 2017, invited 2,801 candidates to apply for permanent residency of Canada. Candidates successful in scoring 438 or more points in Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) received the ITA by Immigration Refugee and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) in the pool.

Invited candidates have to submit their application within 90 days of receiving ITA (invitation to apply) along with all the supporting documents. The processing of these applications is usually done within six months.

This was 23rd draw of the current year. So far, 72,221 ITAs have been issued. The Canadian Minister of Immigration, Ahmed Hussen, earlier this year stated that the current overall target of 300,000 new immigrants annually will form the ‘baseline’ target over the coming years.

CRS slipped to threshold in September 20 draw for Canada

Comprehensive ranking system (CRS) has slipped to 433 in the September 20 draw, two points below from the previous draw which took place on September 6 last week. Applicants scoring 433 or more points are eligible to get invitation to apply (ITA) under Canada Express Entry.

Candidates who receive an ITA have 90 days to submit a complete application for permanent residence, including supporting documentation. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) aims to complete the processing of applications within six months.

Express Entry System was first introduced in January, 2015. Since then, the vast majority of applications have been processed within this six-month time frame.

Candidate with CRS 435 or more can apply for Express Entry, Sept 6 Draw

In the recent draw announced for express entry pool candidates with the comprehensive ranking of 435 or more are allotted with the invitation to apply for Canada Express Entry. The draw held on September 6, 2017.

Total 2772 people received invitations to apply this time, increasing the overall invitation graph to 66,549 for the current year.

The invitees have 90 days to submit their completely filled application form along with all the supporting documents to become a permanent resident of Canada. As per Immigration, refugee and citizenship Canada (IRCC), the application process is to be completed within six months to the ITA announced.

CRS at 434 for Canadian express entry in Aug 23 draw

Maintaining the threshold value for express entry pool CRS remained at 434 in the recent draw on August 23, 2017. Candidates scoring 434 or a higher comprehensive ranking system score received invitation to apply (ITA) for permanent residency in Canada.

A total 3,035 applicants have been issued with the ITA.

This is the fifth draw since changes to CRS were implemented in the month of June this year. The candidates need to submit their complete application form for permanent residency, along with the supporting documents within 90 days of the draw. This includes documents of their spouse/common law partner or dependent children too.

Indian professionals beat China in getting Canadian work visas. Report

The number of Indian professionals skyrocketed to grab the opportunity to work in Canada beating its Chinese counterparts.

A report says that a total 13,670 Indians were provided with work visas in between January - June this year by the Canadian Immigration department, which is 4990 times greater than the Chinese professionals granted the permission. 2190 Indian professionals qualified for the temporary foreign work Visa while only 635 of Chinese professionals could qualify for the same.

Canada is the most sought after destination among immigrants to work and settle down and the recent statistics shows that Indians are among the most sought after work force to be absorbed by Canada. As this North American nation accepts migrants from all across the globe which can contribute potentially to the growth of the nation. Increased number of Indian professionals to receive the grant of Canadian work visas is an encouragement for the other Indian Immigration aspirants to Canada.

Canada’s immigration plan 2017

Canadian government follows a point based system to assess the profile of immigrants, to allow them to apply for immigration in Canada. The system benefits their economy as it allows highly skilled professionals to join the nation. As per the available statistics, Canada has planned to allow 300,000 immigrants into the country this year.

Canadian immigration system follows a skill based assessment to check the ability of an immigrant to work in Canadian workforce. The point based system is purely based on the skills of the applicant. For which the basic parameters are - Educational Qualification, Work Experience, Age, and Language Skills (English or French). The majority of Canada's economic immigrants this year are expected to come from the same Express Entry System.

Canada, with an overall population of about 35 million, has set the immigration target for the year 2017 to be 0.9 percent of their total population. According to the 2011 census, 20.6 percent of the population were foreign-born and immigrated to Canada.

Manitoba Invites 605 Candidates to Apply for Immigration in Latest Two Draws

A total of 605 skilled workers in Manitoba and overseas have been invited to apply to the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) in the province’s two latest draws, which followed each other in quick succession. On May 30, a total of 401 candidates who had previously made a formal Expression of Interest in settling in Manitoba as a skilled worker were invited to submit an application for a provincial nomination certificate to the MPNP. This draw was followed by another on June 16, in which a further 204 candidates were invited to apply. Prior to these two draws, the MPNP had not invited skilled workers through the two sub-categories included in this draw since March 30.

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