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The primary method through which the Canadian government grants permanent residency to qualified employees is through the Express Entry system.
Candidates that meet the requirements post a resume and cover letter on the agency’s website (IRCC). As a result, they are given a CRS score. IRCC invites immigration candidates with the highest CRS scores every two weeks to apply for permanent residency. CanadaVisa’s comprehensive Express Entry immigration website has all the information you need.
In-Depth Look at Express Entry
1. Is Express Entry the same as a regular visa?
Applicants for permanent residency in Canada who meet the Express Entry criteria are processed using an electronic system.
The federal government evaluates if a candidate is qualified for a program operated by Express Entry once the candidate provides an online profile. The Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) is used to rank eligible candidates in the Express Entry pool (CRS). Express Entry applicants are assessed and ranked using the CRS, a points-based system devised by the government. A candidate’s CRS score is determined by a variety of characteristics, including age, education, job experience, and language proficiency.
A new batch of Express Entry candidates is chosen every two weeks, and they are sent an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residence in Canada.
2. What is the impact of COVID-19 on Express Entry?
The Canadian government has restored normalcy to the Express Entry system by encouraging applicants from all programs to submit an application for permanent resident status. Canada’s goal is to complete most Express Entry immigration petitions within six months.
Immigration is a top priority for the government of Canada, and it will not waver. To sustain a strong economy and society, Canada need a large number of highly-skilled individuals.
Roughly the next three years, Canada’s Immigration Levels Plan seeks to welcome over 430,000 new immigrants annually. As a result, most of these new immigrants will be skilled workers, and Express Entry will be the primary method for IRCC to process their applications.
In the year 2024, IRCC expects to receive more than 110,000 Express Entry immigrants per year.
3. Explanation of how the Express Entry system works
There are only two steps in the Express Entry process. Candidates who are qualified for Express Entry at the first major stage of the process signal to the Canadian government their desire to become a permanent resident of Canada. The Canadian government invites the best-scoring individuals to come to Canada in the second major step.
In order to immigrate to Canada, you must first submit an Express Entry profile and then secure a permanent residence visa:
Step 1: Determine whether or not you qualify for Express Entry.
Obtaining an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) is the second step in the process (ECA).
Next, you must register with the federal government’s Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada website (IRCC).
Awaiting an invitation from the Immigration and Refugee Protection Agency (IRPA) is the fourth step.
APRs must be submitted to the Immigration and Refugee Protection Agency (IRPA) before the stipulated date, and fees must be paid in full. As part of this process, you must submit your medical and police certifications. After that, you’ll get an Acknowledgement of Receipt from IRCC (AOR).
Step 6: When IRCC asks for your biometrics, submit them.
7th and last step: watch for an IRCC ruling on your APR. Within six months, the IRCC hopes to have completed all applications. It will be possible for you to go to Canada and complete your landing in Canada once you have received your Confirmation of Permanent Residence and/or a permanent resident visa, depending on where you are from.
Is Express Entry a quick or long process?
For up to a year, an Express Entry profile can be active. With an ITA, applicants should expect a six-month processing time for their permanent residence petitions from the Canadian Government. After receiving a full application for permanent residency, the government begins tracking the processing time. When a decision is made, the application’s processing time is over. You can re-submit your Express Entry profile in the event that you don’t obtain an ITA within one year after generating it.
The benefits and downsides of Express Entry may be summarized as follows:
Express Entry has a number of advantages and disadvantages, but the advantages significantly exceed the disadvantages.
New Zealand and Australia inspired Canada to create Express Entry. “Expression of Interest” systems were introduced in New Zealand and Australia, respectively, in 2004 and 2012.
Expedited processing of skilled worker applications and better customer service for immigrants were two of Canada’s goals when it established Express Entry in 2015.
A first-come, first-served application process was in place in Canada prior to the introduction of Express Entry. A major flaw in the former system was that it resulted in significantly more applications each year than there were available seats for experienced workers. Candidates who were accepted would have to wait a long time before IRCC could provide them with permanent residency visas.
Express Entry was created by the IRCC in order to expedite the issuance of permanent residence visas to qualified applicants. It can now give visas to successful applicants in six months, as opposed to the previous six-year wait time.
Additionally, Express Entry is advantageous to immigrant candidates since the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) is based on extensive Canadian government research that has been able to discover which traits allow immigrants to prosper in Canada and obtain decent employment.. Young and middle-aged immigrants, as well as those with advanced degrees, professional work experience, and fluency in both English and French, have a leg up on the competition in the Canadian labor market. Since 2015, IRCC research has found that Express Entry immigrants perform extremely well in the workforce. They may be certain that they will ultimately land a high-paying job in Canada through Express Entry.
One of Express Entry’s main drawbacks is that it doesn’t guarantee that applicants will be invited to apply for permanent residency. As long as an applicant completed all of the qualifying and admissibility requirements under the prior system, they were guaranteed a permanent residency visa. Only applicants with the highest CRS scores are eligible for a permanent residency visa under the Express Entry system.
It’s possible to get a permanent resident invitation more than once, thanks to the frequent Express Entry lotteries (typically every two weeks). It’s never too late to try to improve your CRS score by finding a job in Canada, gaining a provincial nomination, going to school in Canada, accumulating additional work-related experience, or doing better on your English or French language tests. In addition to Express Entry, Canada has over a hundred alternative means of bringing in skilled laborers from across the world.
How much does it cost to use Express Entry?
Express Entry profiles can be submitted for free to the government’s pool of qualified individuals.
However, before submitting their Express Entry profile, hopefuls must pay a fee.
Before submitting an Express Entry profile, there are a number of expenses to consider:
A language test that has been approved by the Canadian government in either English or French.
Fees for the evaluation of educational credentials if you require any papers in English or French translated
Using the services of an immigration attorney (e.g., a law firm). To discover more about how our law firm can assist you with Express Entry, please click here.
Following the receipt of an ITA, the following fees and expenses apply:
Permanent residency application processing costs levied by the Canadian government
a physical examination (s)
A background check by law enforcement (s)
The charge for biometric services (s)
Express Entry applicants must pay a fee to the Canadian government to apply for permanent residency (Effective April 30, 2022)
Your application has been accepted.
850 dollars for the processing fee; 515 dollars for the privilege to remain permanently.
There is a $515 cost for the right to permanent residency for a spouse or partner.
An additional $230 is deducted for each dependent kid (per child)
For Express Entry, do I require the services of a lawyer?
Express Entry does not necessitate the use of legal counsel, although it may be useful to do so.
To get the best possible results under the Express Entry system, you need choose an experienced, competent, and reputable Canadian immigration lawyer.
They can guide you through the Express Entry process, from uploading your profile to drafting your permanent residence application once you have received an invitation to apply (ITA) for permanent residence, and help you get the most Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points possible. An immigration lawyer’s responsibility also includes making certain that you don’t make any mistakes or misrepresent your case in any way.
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has approved Cohen Immigration Law to represent applicants in the Express Entry system. It has been 45 years since Cohen Immigration Law has supported qualified professionals in Canada’s immigration process. Every year, a substantial number of Express Entry candidates turn to Cohen Immigration Law for help in creating the strongest possible Express Entry profile and obtaining a permanent residence visa upon receipt of an ITA. Cohen Immigration Law has earned this confidence.
In order to be considered for Express Entry, do I need a work offer from a Canadian employer?
Express Entry does not require a job offer to be successful. A job offer does not ensure success, but it does assist you improve your Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score. A job offer that qualifies for Express Entry can earn you an additional 50 or 200 CRS points, respectively.
How well-paying jobs are available for Express Entry applicants in Canada?
Yes. Immigrants selected under the Express Entry program have an advantage in the Canadian labor market because they possess the human capital qualities that Canadian companies want. The study found that Express Entry immigrants tend to make more money than the ordinary Canadian worker and had a greater employment rate and lower unemployment rate than the general population. Employers in Canada will need more workers to replace those who are retiring during the next decade, so immigrants who came to the country through Express Entry should perform well in the labor market. A rapidly aging population coupled with a low birthrate puts Canada’s economy and finances at risk, and it is only via immigration that these issues can be addressed.
Immigrants with Express Entry status come from what kinds of backgrounds?
Over 100 nations are represented in Canada’s Express Entry program each year. After launching a points system for skilled employees back in 1967, Canada does not filter skilled worker candidates based on their nationality. Candidate evaluations in Canada are only focused on a person’s capacity to function in the Canadian labor market. The Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) examines talented people on their age, education, language abilities, job experience, and other human capital variables in order to rank them in order of importance. Because the world is full with bright individuals and because Canada’s economy is varied, the country welcomes newcomers from a wide range of nations, skill sets, and occupations each year. Every year, IRCC publishes a report on Express Entry immigrants to provide the public a better understanding of the people who choose to immigrate to Canada with their skills and experience.
Under Express Entry, may I bring my family along?
Yes. It is permissible to include your wife, spouse, or common-law partner in your Express Entry application. As an additional option, you can include your dependent children, as well as those of your spouse or common-law partner’s children. Your family members who are traveling with you will be granted permanent residency as well if you are selected through Express Entry.
What is meant by the term “dependent children”?
being under the age of 22 and not married or in a common law relationship, or being above the age of 22 and having relied on their parents for financial assistance before turning 22, and being unable to sustain oneself due to a medical or mental health condition.