Canada Express Entry Program was launched in January 2015 by Citizenship and Immigration Canada for skilled labor to come and join the Canadian workforce. To understand it better, one must know that the invitations are open throughout the year.

The recent changes

According to the new system introduced by IRCC, the whole process will now be electronic and all the PR applications will be managed online. It has been named the Canada Express Entry System. Presently, the immigration programs under IRCC are – The Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), The Federal Skilled Trades Program, The Canadian Experience Class and the Provincial Nominee Program. There is no restriction placed on the number of people who can apply through this program. Applicants with experience under the Skill Type 0 : management jobs, Skill Level A: professional jobs and Skill Level B: technical jobs and skilled trades can create their profile in the pool. This will allow the Federal and Provincial governments of the country to choose the eligible applicants.

The Process

The Canadian employers and provinces will further choose from the pool, to find those candidates who can fill positions that are vacant. To be placed in the pool, an applicant must submit an Expression of Interest under any one of the programs. Following this, the highest ranking applicants will be sent an Invitation to Apply [ITA] under any of the above mentioned Canadian Economic Programs.

Once an ITA is received, a candidate must submit a PR application that is fully completed. Such applications will take 6 months or less to be processed. The Canadian Express Entry requires an applicant to be eligible in terms of age, English language proficiency, work experience (in and outside Canada) and educational qualification.

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