Introduced in January 2015, Express Entry program is a flagship immigration program from the Federal Government of Canada. It allows skilled workers from across the world to settle in Canada and contribute to its economy. The Express Entry program as its name also suggests, is aimed at faster processing of PR Visa applications and offer applicants an express entry to Canada. Under this program, the Government aims to process such applications within 6 months, while the current average processing time is 4-5 months.
Express Entry program is an online application management system, which is used by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) for managing and processing applications received for Canada’s 3 federal economic immigration programs for skilled workers. These are:
The competitive immigration system offering express entry into Canada ranks the eligible candidates basis their points and the top ranking candidates are invited to apply for Canada permanent residence (PR) visa.
Following are the benefits of the Express Entry program 2020:
We can summarize the Express Entry system in 5 steps, which are listed below:
The first step is checking if you are eligible under the Express Entry system. For this you are required to score the minimum of 67 points considering the following 6 eligibility factors:
Use our 67-points calculator to check your eligibility.
Once you know that you meet the basic requirements for the program, you can proceed to create an Express Entry profile. It is important to note that creating an Express Entry profile does not guarantee receiving Canada PR. It only acts as an Expression of Interest (EOI) on your part as an applicant. Once you create your profile, you will get entry into the Express Entry pool alongside other applicants where your profile will be ranked as per your Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score. It awards points to applicants out of the maximum of 1200 points. Your CRS score is a reflection of how economically successful you are likely to be in Canada. A higher CRS score increases your chances of receiving an ITA.
At this stage, you can start looking for a job while you are still in your home country. This gives you the advantage of earning additional points for a job offer in Canada. You can create a Job Match account with Job Bank, which acts as a database to help match an applicant with the employers looking for workers possessing the skills the applicants have. For this, you need to go to Job Bank’s website and follow some easy steps to create your profile. It used to be a mandatory activity earlier, but is optional now.
CRS cut-off score for Express Entry is announced in the Express Entry draw which is held twice every month. Those applicants, who have a score above the cut-off score, are sent an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residence (PR) visa.
Those applicants, who do not meet the cut-off score, can always try to improve their CRS score to get an ITA in a subsequent Express Entry draw. For this, they can try these:
However, not receiving an ITA through Express Entry should not discourage you. You can also apply for nomination under a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP), which will also award you 600 CRS points, significantly boosting your CRS score and improving your chances of receiving an ITA via Express Entry program.
Once you receive your ITA, you will have 60 days to submit your online application with the required documents and pay the required fee. You will be required to pay approximately CAD $1,040 that includes processing and right of permanent residence fee. Refer to this page for information on the fees required to be paid.
Along with ITA, you will receive information regarding the program you have been selected under. Following is the list of documents that you will need to submit at this stage:
After this, IRCC will thoroughly check the information and documents submitted by you to ascertain their authenticity. This can take 4-6 months. Once the checks are done to their satisfaction, they will send you a letter asking you to submit your passport for stamping which takes around 7 days.
Nationwide Visas is the premier immigration agency in Delhi which is powered by a strong team of professionals. We have helped over 25,000 applicants successfully move to Canada on a Permanent Resident (PR) Visa. Our 100% success rate speaks volumes about the kind of expertise we have with Canada immigrations. We will ensure that your application for Canada PR is error free and you get your PR in your first attempt.
The scope of our services does not end here. We have carefully designed post-landing services as well, aimed to ensure you settle smoothly in Canada. If moving to Canada is on your mind with Canada PR Express Entry, wait no more and get in touch. We’ll be glad to help you realize your dream Canada.