On January 1, 2015 Immigration & Citizenship Canada introduced Express Entry – a new way to managing the number of applications. Through Express Entry, people who meet the criteria for one of these programs will be placed into a pool of candidates. The Government of Canada, provincial and territorial governments, and Canadian employers will be able to select people from this pool.
The Express Entry system applies to the following Canadian economic immigration programs:
Provinces and territories will also be able to recruit candidates from the Express Entry system for a portion of the PNPs in order to meet local labour market needs.
There is no limit to the number of people who may enter the Express Entry pool. Express Entry creates an inventory of high-quality candidates who employers in Canada will be able to consider when they cannot find Canadians or permanent residents to fill job vacancies.
The Application Process and Comprehensive Point System includes following factors:
- work experience;
- language ability;
- Arranged employment;
All Express Entry candidates will be given a score out of 1,200, based on the four parts of the Comprehensive Ranking System formula:
- Skills and experience factors (that we know are key to economic success for immigrants once in Canada)
- Spouse or common-law partner factors (such as their language skills and education – these are known to result in better economic success for both the spouse or common-law partner and the candidate)
- Skills transferability (including education and work experience – factors that when combined, result in better chances of being employed, and higher earnings)
- Additional points for those with a nomination from a province or territory or a valid job offer
For further information regarding the procedures for applying for Express Entry, please contact our office.