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What exactly is this Express Entry all about?

“What exactly is this Express Entry all about??” by Joel Duque

It is obvious that Express Entry Program has grown in importance and popularity not just in our community, but also globally. After spending number of hours researching and talking to several professionals I have found myself more confused about this New Express Entry Program. Do you feel the same? I’m writing this FB post to summarize the major points of the EE and hopefully this would give you a better understanding of our new immigration process system.

To start, this program began exactly on the first day of 2015. Express entry is an electronic system that will allow qualified foreign nationals to immigrate to Canada in under six months….Yes, you read that correctly UNDER 6 MONTHS. The main purpose of this program is to ensure strong links between economic immigration and the Canadian labour market. The system will manage applications for permanent residence from immigrants who participate in one of these federal economic immigration programs.

• the Federal Skilled Worker Program(FSWP),
• the Federal Skilled Trades Program(FSTP), or
• the Canadian Experience Class (CEC).

In comparison to the old program like the FSW, express entry is more practical and transparent for prospect immigrants. Federal government abandoned the list of 50 eligible occupations and stressful quotas to meet. Instead the government will in effect have full control in picking the right candidates rather than processing applications on a first-come, first-served basis. In my opinion, this would also give employers and provinces the ability to play a greater role in the immigration system, making it faster and more flexible for all.

Moving forward, applicants must first qualify under the above Economic Immigration applications. It is important to note that applicants may want to get most or all their documents ready at this point since there are deadlines to meet.

Secondly, they must create an online express entry profile in order to receive a personal reference number. This PRN will be use for applicants to register with the Government of Canada’s Job Bank (This is if they do not have a job offer or a nomination from a province or territory). It is also crucial that applicants must submit their profile and proper resume to Canadian Job Bank within 30 days or else Express Entry profile will expire.

Lastly,The Qualified applicants will go through the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS); this is a points-based system that is used to assess the candidate’s profile to rank them in the Express Entry pool.
The CRS will give applicants up to a maximum of 1,200 points. Basically, 600 points are given based on their human capital, on their work experience, on their education, on their language skills and on their age.
In addition to this, another 600 points will be given to skilled immigrants who receive a permanent job offer from a Canadian employer (exactly why applicant must register through the Job Bank) or who have been nominated for immigration by a province or territory.

The essential key here is the higher their score, the more likely the candidates are to be invited to apply for permanent residence. Once skilled immigrants have received an offer to apply for permanent residency, they would have 60 days to accept or decline the offer. However, If they do not receive an offer of permanent residency after 12 months, they will have to start the process again.

I hope this information further helps our Kababayans and those who seek information regarding the new Express Entry Program. This post is only to inform and guide you and it should not be taken as a legal advise in any manner whatsoever. On a regular basis I do offer free assessment to determine if you or any of your love ones are qualified to immigrate to Canada; whether it’s temporarily or permanently. Thus, I would encourage you to have your qualification assessed as soon as possible before taking any further steps.

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