As of January 2015, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has a new electronic case management system called Express Entry to organize applications for permanent residence under the federal economic immigration programs and certain applicants from the provincial nominee programs.
Potential candidates can complete an Express Entry profile at any time and anyone who is accepted into the Express Entry pool could get an Invitation to Apply for permanent residence. Rounds of invitations to invite candidates to apply will take place regularly over the course of each year. Top ranking candidates will be invited to apply for permanent residence, regardless of when they entered the pool.
If you are invited to apply, you will have 60 days to submit a complete Application for Permanent Residence online.
How it works
Express Entry is a case management system used to organize applications for permanent residence under these federal economic immigration programs:
- the Federal Skilled Worker Program
- the Federal Skilled Trades Program
- the Canadian Experience Class
Provinces and territories may recruit candidates from the Express Entry pool through their Provincial Nominee Programs. Potential candidates will complete an online Express Entry profile. This is a secure form that they will use to provide information about their:
- Work experience
- Language ability
- Other details to will help to assess
Once the profile is made, the applicant will be ranked against others in the pool using a point-based system called the Comprehensive Ranking System.
Candidates with the highest scores in the pool will be issued an Invitation to Apply. Candidates will be awarded points for:
- A job offer
- A nomination from a province or territory
- Skills and experience factors.
- A candidate can get additional points for:
- A job offer supported by a Labour Market Impact Assessment, or
- A nomination by a province or territory