Program Overview

1.What is an Express Entry profile?

It is an online system for Canadian immigration. Canadian government officials use it to allocate points to individuals to invite them to apply for immigration. Points are based on criterions such as the applicant’s skills, work experience, language ability, education, and other factors. Completed applications are then pooled together with other applications.

2. What is the Comprehensive Ranking System?

There are up to 1200 points total available under the system for a candidate’s core human capital and skill transferability factors. Up to 600 points are awarded if an applicant receives a provincial nomination.

3. How can someone be eligible to apply?

Through the Federal Skilled Worker (FSW) program, applicants need to score at least 67 points initially. Points are awarded for factors such as age, education, work experience, language skills, adaptability, and an offer of employment. Candidates are then awarded points for their Express Entry profile. Through the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP), Canadian provinces or territories nominate candidates.

4. What does an Invitation to Apply (ITA) mean?

An ITA means that the applicant has been selected from the pool of other candidates. A candidate who receives an ITA will have to submit further documentation for the points they initially claimed.

5. Is there any work experience required?

Yes, the candidate must have one-year of full-time, or equivalent part-time, work experience in an occupation that has a National Occupation Classification (NOC) code of skill type A, B, 0, and C.

6. How long does a candidate have to apply if he or she receives an ITA for permanent residence?

From the moment the candidate is issued an ITA, he/she has 60 days to submit a complete electronic application with all the supporting documentation.

7. Are candidates required to get an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA)?

An ECA is required for candidates in the Express Entry pool unless they received their post-secondary education in Canada.

8. Does the applicant’s spouse need to get an ECA done?

It is not mandatory for the applicant’s spouse to get an ECA done but it is recommended.

9. Does the applicant’s spouse need to give their language test results?

It is not mandatory for the spouse to give his/her language test results but this is recommended.

10. How long does a candidate’s profile remain in the Express Entry pool?

Each profile remains in the Express Entry pool for 12 months. If after 12 months a candidate wishes to remain in the pool, he/she must create a new profile.

11. Once an applicant has applied being invited to apply for permanent residence, how long will the entire process take?

The Average time is 6 months from the date of submission.

12. After getting my passport request, is there a time limit to when I can enter Canada?

The applicant and accompanying family members must land before their medical expires, which is 1 year after it was administered.

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