The demand for highly-skilled workers continues to grow across Canada and, therefore, on January 1, 2015, the Canadian government launched Express Entry. This is a new electronic Canadian immigration system that will manage applications for a Permanent Resident (PR) Visa to Canada in a very FAST and EFFICIENT way for the following programs:
- Federal Skilled Workers Program (FSWP);
- Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP); and
- Canadian Experience Class (CEC) Program.
The Provincial Nominees Program (PNP) is also affected by the Express Entry Canadian immigration system. Provinces and territories across Canada who are looking for qualified skilled foreign workers will be able to review the profiles of Express Entry candidates who register with the Canadian government’s Job Bank and may “nominate” skilled foreign workers for the Provincial Nominees Program (PNP) if they seem to meet the criteria established for their particular province or territory.
The Express Entry system for immigration to Canada involves two major stages.
During the first stage of the procedure, skilled foreign workers will complete an online Express Entry profile which will include details about their education, language abilities, job skills, work experience, age and other details. People who meet the criteria for one of the “economic immigration” programs mentioned above (i.e., FSWP, FSTP or CEC) will be placed into a pool of Canadian immigration candidates and will be ranked according to the others in the pool on the new Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). Those who have a qualifying job offer from a Canadian employer or who have received a nomination from a province or territory in Canada “will be given high scores in the ranking system.”
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