Express Entry is Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada ‘s file management system. Anyone who is applying as a member of the Federal Skilled Worker, Federal Skilled Trades, Provincial Nominee (Express Entry Programs only) or the Canadian Experience Class submits their application through this system.
This type of application is a two step process where you submit your profile into the Express Entry System (if you meet the requirements of one of the qualifying immigration programs) and are then assigned a Comprehensive Ranking System score.
You then wait for your score to be selected, at which time you will be issued an Invitation to Apply for Permanent Residency application
The Express Entry Pool is the database of all eligible Candidates, which have been accepted under the Express Entry file management system. This is where Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada selects people from to apply for Permanent Residency.
The amount of time it will take for you to receive an invitation to apply cannot be guaranteed as it is based on your score and when your score is selected. Some applicants have been selected after 2 days and some have been waiting for over 12 months. There is no guarantee you will ever be selected if your score is too low.
LMIA stands for Labour Market Impact Assessment. An LMIA is a written approval of a Canadian job offer issued by the Canadian Government, issued to a Canadian employer who wishes to hire a foreign worker.
Your visa will have an expiry date. You will need to enter Canada before this expiry date to avoid losing your status. The expiry date should be set for one year from the date you underwent your medical examination.
Canada does not quarantine all animals. Cats and dogs can accompany you to Canada without being quarantined as long as they are rabies vaccinated. You will need to complete some additional paper work for the Canada Border Services Agency. Other animals may not be allowed depending on country of origin. You will need to confirm before traveling.
Canada offers a variety of different immigrant services. There are immigrant services centres throughout Canada to assist you. Private organizations also offer other paid services such as airport collection, home finding assistance, etc.
For those applying as Federal Skilled Worker you can obtain eligibility points for having one of the following relatives in Canada. They do not provide any additional points on the Comprehensive Ranking System.
Choosing to use a representative is not a mandatory requirement of any Canadian immigration application. However, there are many benefits to hiring an authorized representative. Authorized representatives are trained in Canadian Immigration, attend mandatory yearly courses to keep up to date with changes to the law and requirements, can act on your behalf with the Canadian government and can complete your application on your behalf, saving you time. Authorized representatives are trained in completing all types of immigration applications and know all of the mandatory requirements as well as what goes into a successful application. There are many things that can come up during an application such as custody issues, medical inadmissibility issues and criminal inadmissibility issues which an authorized representative can assist you in overcoming. Authorized representatives also stay on top of all current immigration trends and changes, ensuring that your application is complete and current at the time of submission.
No. Depending on the country you are flying from, there may not be a direct flight to your anticipated destination. You need to keep in mind though that certain immigration programs require you to live in your stated destination.
Obtaining employment in Canada can be quite difficult. Many employers are not looking to hire foreign nationals. The reason for this is that if they do want to offer you the position, in most cases they need to complete something called a Labour Market Impact Assessment before you can apply for your work permit. Without this, the job offer may not be enough to allow you to apply for a Work Permit.
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An Invitation to Apply is the document that you receive from the Canadian Government once your Comprehensive Ranking System Score has been selected. Only those who are in the Express Entry Pool and have had their score selected will receive an Invitation to Apply. This then allows you to apply for your Permanent Residency.
No. Certain applicants can qualify to immigrate to Canada without a job offer. For instance, those who qualify as Federal Skilled Workers, and have a high Comprehensive Ranking System Score can be eligible to immigrate without needing a job offer.
Once you have been entered into the Express Entry Pool of Applicants you will be assigned a Comprehensive Ranking System Score
This score is out of 1200
The first 600 points are based on your age, education, language abilities in French and English, qualifying work experience, Canadian work experience, your spouse’s education, your spouse’s language abilities in French or English and your spouse’s Canadian work experience as applicable
The remaining 600 points can be obtained by either obtaining a Provincial Nomination or a qualifying job offer from a Canadian employer with a Valid Labour Market Impact Assessment
This score will dictate if and when you are issued with an Invitation to Apply
If you are applying as a Federal Skilled Worker, you require a minimum score of 67 points or higher on the Federal Skilled Worker points system. You will then be entered into the Express Entry Pool and given a Comprehensive Ranking System Score.
There is no passing mark for the Comprehensive Ranking System Score. There are scores which are considered to be low and those that are considered to be high but there is no official passing score.
Unfortunately, friends cannot sponsor you to Canada. Certain Provincial Programs look at ties that you have to that Province when applying. Having friends in those Provinces can assist with your application in some cases.
Once you have immigrated to Canada and have physically arrived in Canada you will be issued with a Permanent Residency card. These can take several weeks to be issued and will not be given to you on arrival. You will use this card as your proof of status in Canada and you will use it with your passport when traveling into Canada.
You can apply for your Canadian Citizenship once you have lived in Canada as a Permanent Resident for four years within a five-year period. You will may need to meet additional criteria such as proving you are proficient in English / French or passing a Citizenship test.
There is no guarantee that your application will be approved. The decision is at the discretion of the Canadian Government. Even if you are eligible for the program you applied to, your application could still be rejected due to a criminal record, medical condition, insufficient funds, incorrect documentation or missing information.
No, the entire family does not need to enter at one time. However, the main applicant has to enter first before anyone else if you are travelling separately. Also, you need to ensure that every family member enters Canada before their visa expires.
If you have children who are under the age of 19 and not accompanying you to Canada, they will need to be assessed with your application whether they are accompanying you are not. This will require them to undergo a medical examination, and possibly submit police clearances depending on their age. You will also need to provide certain documentation for the child(ren).
Yes. If your application requires you to show Settlement Funds you have to show the required amount of Settlement funds unless you are currently working in Canada on a valid work permit and have a valid job offer from an employer in Canada
Only spouses and dependent children can be included with your application
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