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In January 2015, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) introduced an online system that made it easier to apply for permanent residency under the following economic immigration programs:

  • The Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSW),
  • The Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP), and
  • The Canadian Experience Class Program (CEC).

Thus, in order to qualify for Express Entry, you will have to fit in one of the above categories.

As of November 19, 2016, CIC updated the Express Entry system to make it easier for individuals with specific qualifications to further qualify for the program. Some of the updates are the following:

  • If you have studied under a valid study permit in Canada, you can earn additional points towards your profile;
  • Whereas all job offers required an approved LMIA to get additional points towards an Express Entry Profile, it is not necessary for all jobs to have an approved LMIA;
  • A job offer now is only required to be for a period of one (1) year;
  • Once an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for Permanent Residency is received, you now have 90 days to apply for it instead of 60 days.

The Express Entry system has two steps:

Step 1) Individuals who qualify under FSW, FSTW or CEC can complete an online Express Entry profile

Candidates who qualify under the FSW, FSTW or CEC program are able to complete an online Express Entry profile.

In this profiles, candidates will be required to provide specific information regarding themselves in the following categories:

  • skills,
  • work experience,
  • language ability,
  • education, and
  • other details that will help us assess them.

Once the profile is submitted, the profile will be assessed. Candidates will then be ranked  using a point-based system called the Comprehensive Ranking System based on the information provided in the profile. In other words, candidates will be provided with a score. If the score provided is higher than the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score, the candidate might have an opportunity to receive an invitation to apply for permanent residency. It is important to note that if are placed in the Express Entry pool, you are not guaranteed an invitation to apply for permanent residence

Once an Express Entry Profile is submitted, candidates are required to register with Employment and Social Development Canada’s (ESDC) Job Bank. The purpose of this is to connect candidates with potential employers in Canada.

Please note that candidates only have 30 days to register with Job Bank in order to keep their Express Entry Profile active. If not done in 30 days, the profile will be deleted and the candidate will have to create a new Express Entry Profile.

In order to increase a score, candidates are encouraged to:

  • Get a job offer supported by a Labour Market Impact Assessment (if required)*; or
  • A nomination from a Canadian Province or Territory.

* There is no LMIA fee for permanent resident applications.

Step 2) Individuals with high scores in the pool will be invited to apply (ITA) for permanent residence

Candidates who meet the specific requirements to qualify for Express Entry will be provided with a score based on the information they provide in their Profile. Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) will issue a candidate with a high score an invitation to apply for permanent residency.

Once an ITA is received, an candidate will have 90 days to submit on online application for permanent residence.

Please note that the online application will ask for proof of all the information a candidate has provided in his or her Express Entry Profile. In the event that information from the profile and documents provided in the online application for permanent residence do not match, this will be considered misrepresentation and the application will be refused.

Once an online application for permanent residence is submitted, CIC can take up to 6 months to one (1) year to process the application.

Please contact Subuhi Siddiqui Immigration Law Firm for your immigration, citizenship or status matter. To set up a consultation, give us a call at (647) 454-9364 or e-mail us at subuhi@ssimmigration.ca.