Overview

Express Entry provides a pathway to Permanent Residence for skilled workers in Canada or overseas. For potential skilled foreign workers, Express Entry will result in fast processing times of six months or less.

The Process

How to Get Fast Processing Times of Six Months or Less?

Federal Economic Programs

The main objective of Express Entry is to help Canada grow economically. The Canadian government has created three main economic programs within Express Entry that allow prospective applicants to be invited to apply for their Permanent Residency. There are several skilled worker programs:

These programs subsequently have three main areas of minimum requirements:

  • Work Experience
  • Education
  • Langauge Ability

Qualifications

  • Individuals who are successful to gain entry into Canada get permanent resident status.
  • They are not required to compete against the occupational ceiling or go through the first come first serve system. Moreover, they are not bounded by any kind of predefined deadlines.
  • Any person can create his profile free of cost. The profile is reserved for 1 year, after which it can be resubmitted.
  • You must be fluent in English/French and possess the required language skills.
  • You must have the required education and work experience which will be checked during the preliminary process.
  • After a complete evaluation of the profile, the person will be ranked based on the marks obtained by the Comprehensive Ranking system.
  • The shortlisted candidates must reply within 60 days, otherwise the invitation will be canceled.
  • The shortlisted individuals can also apply for permanent residency in Canada.

Additionally, you must show you have enough money for you and your family to settle in Canada, unless you:

  • are currently able to legally work in Canada
  • have a valid job offer from an employer in Canada

You must be admissible to Canada. You must plan to live outside the province of Quebec. The province of Quebec selects its own skilled workers.


Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP)

Minimum Requirements

Skilled Work Experience

Skilled work experience means you’ve worked in 1 of these National Occupational Classification (NOC) job groups:

  • Managerial jobs (skill type 0)
  • Professional jobs (skill level A)
  • Technical jobs and skilled trades (skill level B)
  • You must show that while working in your primary occupation you performed the duties set out in the lead statement of the occupational description in the NOC. This includes all the essential duties and most of the main duties listed.

Your skilled work experience must be:

  • in the same type of job (have the same NOC) as the job you want to use for your immigration application (called your primary occupation)
    within the last 10 years
  • paid work (This means you must have been paid wages or earned commission. Volunteer work or unpaid internships don’t count.)
    at least 1 year of continuous work or 1,560 hours total (30 hours per week). You can meet this in a few different ways:

    • full-time at 1 job: 30 hours/week for 12 months = 1 year full time (1,560 hours)
    • equal amount in part-time: 15 hours/week for 24 months = 1 year full time (1,560 hours)
    • full-time at more than 1 job: 30 hours/week for 12 months at more than 1 job = 1 year full time (1,560 hours)

For part-time work, you can work more or less than 15 hours/week as long as it adds up to 1,560 hours. Hours above 30 hours/week are not counted.

Language ability

You must:

  • take approved language tests in English or French for:
    • writing
    • reading
    • listening
    • speaking
  • get a minimum score of Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 7 in all 4 abilities
  • enter the test results in your Express Entry profile

Your language tests are valid for 2 years after the date of the test result. They must be valid on the day you apply for permanent residence.

Education

If you went to school in Canada, you must have a certificate, diploma or degree from a Canadian:

  • secondary (high school) or
  • post-secondary school

If you have foreign education, you must have:

  • a completed credential, and
  • an Educational Credential Assessment report from an approved agency showing that your education is equal to a completed certificate, diploma or degree from a Canadian:
    • secondary (high school) or
    • post-secondary school

Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP)

The Federal Skilled Trades Program is for skilled workers who want to become permanent residents based on being qualified in a skilled trade.

Minimum requirements

To be eligible, you must

  • meet the required language levels for each language ability:
    • writing
    • reading
    • listening
    • speaking
  • have at least 2 years of full-time work experience (or an equal amount of part-time work experience) in a skilled trade within the 5 years before you apply
  • meet the job requirements for that skilled trade as set out in the National Occupational Classification, except for needing a certificate of qualification
  • have a:
    • valid job offer of full-time employment for a total period of at least 1 year or
    • certificate of qualification in that skilled trade issued by a Canadian provincial, territorial or federal authority.
Skilled Work Experience

Skilled trades for the Federal Skilled Trades Program are organized under these groups of the National Occupational Classification (NOC):

  • Major Group 72, industrial, electrical and construction trades
  • Major Group 73, maintenance and equipment operation trades
  • Major Group 82, supervisors and technical jobs in natural resources, agriculture and related production
  • Major Group 92, processing, manufacturing and utilities supervisors and central control operators
  • Minor Group 632, chefs and cooks
  • Minor Group 633, butchers and bakers

The major NOC groups are subdivided into different occupations, and they are all skill type B.

You must show that you performed the duties set out in the lead statement of the occupational description in the NOC. This includes all the essential duties and most of the main duties listed.

If you do not show that your experience meets the description in the NOC, your application may fail.

Federal Skilled Trades Program applications must be made based on the 2016 version of the NOC.

Education

There is no education requirement for the Federal Skilled Trades Program. But, if you want to improve your rank in the Express Entry pool, there are 2 ways you can do this.

  • if you went to school in Canada, you can get points for a certificate, diploma or degree from a Canadian
    • secondary (high school) or
    • post-secondary school

    or

  • If you have foreign education, you can get points for
    • a completed foreign credential and
    • an Educational Credential Assessment report from an approved agency showing that your education is equal to a completed certificate, diploma or degree from a Canadian:
      • secondary (high school) or
      • post-secondary school
Language Ability

You must

  • meet the score of Canadian Language Benchmark 5 for speaking and listening, and Canadian Language Benchmark 4 for reading and writing
  • take approved language tests for
    • writing
    • reading
    • listening
    • speaking
  • enter the test results in your Express Entry profile

Your language tests are valid for 2 years after the date of the test result. They must be valid on the day you apply for permanent residence.

Proof of Funds

You must show that you have enough money for you and your family to settle in Canada, unless you

  • are currently able to legally work in Canada and
  • have a valid job offer from an employer in Canada
Admissibility

You must be admissible to Canada.

Destination

You must plan to live outside the province of Quebec. The province of Quebec selects its own skilled workers.

Assessment

You’ll likely have to go to the province or territory to be assessed for your trade. You may also need an employer in Canada to give you experience and training.

To learn more about getting assessed, please advise us which province you would like to live and work in and we can properly advise you.


Canadian Experience Class (CEC)

The Canadian Experience Class is for skilled workers who have Canadian work experience and want to become permanent residents.

Minimum Requirements

You must

  • meet the required language levels needed for your job for each language ability
    • writing
    • reading
    • listening
    • speaking
  • have at least 1 year of skilled work experience in Canada, in the last 3 years before you apply. The work experience must be:
    • full-time or
    • an equal amount in part-time
  • have gained your work experience by working in Canada legally

According to the Canadian National Occupational Classification, skilled work experience means:

  • managerial jobs (skill level 0)
  • professional jobs (skill type A)
  • technical jobs and skilled trades (skill type B)

Your work experience can be in 1 or more NOC 0, A or B jobs.

You must show that you performed the duties set out in the lead statement of the occupational description in the National Occupational Classification. This includes all the essential duties and most of the main duties listed.

Self-employment and student work experience

Self-employment and work experience gained while you were a full-time student (such as a co-op work term) doesn’t count under this program.

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