Express Entry

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Canada's Express Entry - an "immigration super highway".

Canada’s Express Entry system was created to cater for Canada’s need for Federal skilled workers and professionals who need immigration services. A growing economy, abundant natural resources and a dwindling workforce resulted in a strong demand for skilled professionals from abroad.

In order to arrange for a faster and more efficient immigration process by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada – IRCC (previously known as Citizenship and Immigration Canada or CIC) created an online system known as Express Entry.

What is Canada's Most Popular Immigration System?

Canada’s Express Entry is a candidate assessment and selection system used by IRCC to select candidates for immigration to Canada. It is not a separate immigration program, it is a system devised to aid and manage applications for permanent residence. Its streams are connected to several federal economic immigration programs:

  • Federal Skilled Worker Class (previously known as – The Federal Skilled Worker Program).
  • Federal Skilled Trades Class (previously known as The Federal Skilled Trades Program).
  • Canadian Experience Class
  • Provincial Nominee Programs – Provinces and territories can also recruit candidates from the Canada Express Entry Pool through a section of their Provincial Nominee Programs in order to address local labor market needs.

The system is completely electronic, online and has put a stop to paper applications for greater efficiency.

The system was designed for Skilled Workers and Professionals who choose to immigrate to Canada as quickly and efficiently as possible.

Federal Skilled Worker Program

Requirements

Work experience:

  • A minimum of 1,560 work hours in the 10 years prior to the application.
  • Aforementioned work experience must be in NOC skill type/level 0, A, or B.
  • Aforementioned work experience must all be in a single occupation, but does not have to be with the same employer.
  • Aforementioned work experience must have been paid – volunteering or internships do not count towards your total experience.

Education:

  • A Canadian secondary (high school), or post-secondary certificate, diploma or degree, or
  • A foreign degree, diploma or certificate, equal to a Canadian credential. 
  • An Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) from a designated organization
  • Prove sufficient language proficiency in French or English to communicate with your environment. 
  • Language exam must be taken no more than 2 years prior to your application. 

Finances:

  • Prove sufficient funds to support yourself and family members who are joining you. People who are already residing and working in Canada at the time of the application do not require a proof of funds, or
  • Have a verified job offer which meets all the requirements below. 

Job offer requirements

  1. Must be in writing.
  2. Not be from an embassy, high commission or consulate in Canada.
  3. Set out details of the job they’re offering you, such as: your job duties, conditions of employment (like your hours of work), your pay and deductions.
  4. The job must be full-time, providing a minimum of 30 paid hours per week.
  5. The job must be non-seasonal. You need to have consistent and regularly scheduled paid employment throughout the year.
  6. The job is skill type/level 0, A or B under the NOC.
  7. The employer is offering you a contract with a minimum duration of 1 year. 

Federal Skilled Trades Program

Requirements

Work experience:

  • A minimum of 2 years full-time work experience in a skilled trade within the 5 years prior to the application. The experience only counts after you qualified to practice the occupation.

Education:

  • A Canadian secondary (high school), or post-secondary certificate, diploma or degree, or
  • An Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) from a designated organization
  • Prove sufficient language proficiency in French or English to communicate with your environment. 
  • Language exam must be taken no more than 2 years prior to your application. 

Finances:

  • Prove sufficient funds to support yourself and family members who are joining you. People who are already residing and working in Canada at the time of the application do not require a proof of funds, or
  • Have a verified job offer which meets all the requirements below. 

Job offer requirements

  1. Must be in writing.
  2. Not be from an embassy, high commission or consulate in Canada.
  3. Set out details of the job they’re offering you, such as: your job duties, conditions of employment (like your hours of work), your pay and deductions.
  4. The job must be full-time, providing a minimum of 30 paid hours per week.
  5. The job must be non-seasonal. You need to have consistent and regularly scheduled paid employment throughout the year.
  6. The job is skill type 72, 73, 82, 92, 632, and 633 (according to NOC).
  7. The employer is offering you a contract with a minimum duration of 1 year. 

Canadian Experience Class

Requirements

Work experience:

  • A minimum of 1 years full-time work experience in Canada within the 3 years prior to the application, while under temporary resident status with authorization to work.
  • Aforementioned work experience must be in NOC skill type/level 0, A, or B.
  • Aforementioned work experience must have been paid – volunteering or internships do not count towards your total experience.
  • Self-employed experience does not count towards your total.

Education:

  • A Canadian secondary (high school), or post-secondary certificate, diploma or degree, or
  • A foreign degree, diploma or certificate, equal to a Canadian credential.
  • An Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) from a designated organization
  • Prove sufficient language proficiency in French or English to communicate with your environment. 
  • Language exam must be taken no more than 2 years prior to your application. 

Finances:

  • Prove sufficient funds to support yourself and family members who are joining you. People who are already residing and working in Canada at the time of the application do not require a proof of funds, or
  • Have a verified job offer which meets all the requirements below. 

Job offer requirements

  1. Must be in writing.
  2. Not be from an embassy, high commission or consulate in Canada.
  3. Set out details of the job they’re offering you, such as: your job duties, conditions of employment (like your hours of work), your pay and deductions.
  4. The job must be full-time, providing a minimum of 30 paid hours per week.
  5. The job must be non-seasonal. You need to have consistent and regularly scheduled paid employment throughout the year.
  6. The job is skill type/level 0, A or B under the NOC.
  7. The employer is offering you a contract with a minimum duration of 1 year. 

Provincial Nominee Programs

For more details about the Provincial Nominee Programs, in which the provinces and territories recruit candidates from the Express Entry Pool through their own Provincial Nominee Programs to address the local labor market needs, visit the dedicated page.

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