Express Entry: What employers need to know
Express Entry - What prospective Applicants need to know
The key to your success in Express Entry program is a job offer from the Canadian employer.
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Express Entry – Brief outline of the process
Note: Completing an online Express Entry profile or entering the pool does not guarantee that you will get an Invitation to Apply for permanent residence.
Try to improve your score
There are things that you can do to improve your score and increase your chances of being drawn from the Express Entry pool. For example, you may want to:
Offer of employment – Skilled immigrants (Express Entry)
If you have a job offer (offer of arranged employment), you need to update your Express Entry profile in MyCIC with:
A valid job offer has to be:
The only time the employer making you the offer does not need to get a new LMIA is when you are already working for them with a work permit that is based on an LMIA.
A valid job offer has to be:
CIC officers must be convinced that you will be capable of doing the work you are offered. If the job is regulated in Canada, officers must also be convinced that you will likely qualify to be licensed or certified by the relevant regulatory body once you are in Canada.
Note: In Canada, provinces and territories are responsible for designating professions and trades in their jurisdiction. Designation and certification requirements vary from province to province. Get more information on licensing andregulatory requirements for specific professions or contact the relevant body in the province/territory where you plan to live.
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This is not mandatory if:
Note: Even if you do not need to have your foreign education assessed to be eligible under Express Entry, you may want to do so in order to increase your score and chances of being invited to apply.
This job code is referred to as your "NOC code" in the Express Entry profile. See Find your NOC to find the NOC information that best matches your jobs.
You will need this information again, so make sure to write it down and keep it with the other papers you need, such as your passport.
You can use CIC online tool, Come to Canada, to see if you meet the criteria to get into the Express Entry pool. It will take you about 15 minutes.
You will need your language test results, your NOC skill type or level described above and your Education Credential Assessment (ECA).
When you get to the end, a reference number will show on the screen. Write it down. You will need it later when you go to build your profile.
If you get a positive result from Come to Canada, it will send you to MyCIC. If you do not already have a MyCIC account, you will need to create one. Then you will fill out an Express Entry profile to tell CIC about your:
You will need:
If you meet the Express Entry criteria, including the requirements for at least one of the three immigrationprograms, you will be accepted into the Express Entry poolof candidates. If you are invited to apply for permanent residence, CIC will tell you at that time which program to apply under.
Be sure that your profile is fully up-to-date and accurate.
If you are invited to apply, you will be responsible for any information in your profile and application for permanent residence.
If CIC finds that you misrepresented yourself (gave us false information or left out important details), CIC will refuse your application. In that case:
Note: you must update the information in your profile if your situation changes. For example, if:
To finish your Express Entry profile you must register with the Government of Canada’s JobBank if you do not already have:
Job Bank is an easy, online job search tool which will connect you with employers and jobs in Canada based on your skills and experience.
If you do not register with Job Bank within 30 days your Express Entry profile will expire.
You will be given a score using a ranking system based on factors that have been shown to help immigrants prosper in Canada. The higher your score, the more likely you are to be invited to apply for permanent residence.
CIC plans to draw candidates from the pool regularly and invite them to apply.
If you are accepted into the Express Entry pool, you should start getting any supporting documents you may need for your application for permanent residence.
You could get an Invitation to Apply at any time.
You will have a better chance of being invited to apply if you:
You will get extra points for these factors.
If you get an Invitation to Apply, you can apply for permanent residence. You will be invited only if you:
If you are invited, you will have 60 days to apply online forpermanent residence.
You must submit a complete application with all supporting documents or your application will be rejected.
Once you complete your application and submit it online, CIC will process it quickly.
CIC plans to process most applications in six months or less. (This period starts on the date we get a complete application and ends on the date a final decision is made on your application for permanent residence.)
You will have to include copies of all documents CIC ask you for, like police certificates, before CIC will process your application.
To keep your application from being rejected, you may want to get some of these documents ready while you are in the Express Entry pool.
Note that police checks are valid for 3 months.
If you do not get invited to apply for permanent residence after a year of being in the pool, your Express Entry profile will expire.
Express Entry is used to manage applications for permanent residence under these federal economic immigration programs:
Provinces and territories can also recruit candidates from the Express Entry system through their Provincial Nominee Programs to meet local labour market needs.
Ministerial Instructions set out the rules for governing the Express Entry application management system.
The Express Entry system has two steps:
Step 1 - Potential candidates complete an online Express Entry profile
Potential candidates will complete an online Express Entry profile. This is a secure form that they will use to provide information about their:
Those who meet the criteria of one of the federal immigration programs listed above will be accepted into a pool of candidates.
Anyone who does not already have a job offer supported by a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) (if you need one), or a nomination from a province or territory, must register with Employment and Social Development Canada’s (ESDC) Job Bank. Job
Bank will help connect Express Entry candidates with eligible employers in Canada.
Candidates are also encouraged to promote themselves to employers in other ways, such as using job boards, recruiters etc.
In most cases when there is a job being offered to a candidate, employers will need an LMIA from ESDC. The LMIA process ensures employers have made an effort to hire Canadians for available jobs. There will be no LMIA fee for permanent resident applications.
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Note: Entry into the Express Entry pool does not guarantee a candidate will be issued an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residence. Invited candidates still have to meet eligibility and admissibility requirements under Canada’s immigration law (Immigration and Refugee Protection Act).
Step 2 - The highest-ranking candidates in the pool will be invited to apply for permanent residence
Candidates will be ranked against others in the pool using a point-based system called the Comprehensive Ranking System. Points are awarded using the information in their profile.
Candidates with the highest scores in the pool will be issued an Invitation to Apply. Candidates will be awarded points for:
A candidate can get additional points for:
These additional points will make a candidate rank high enough to be invited to apply at the next eligible draw of candidates.
If someone is invited to apply, they will have 60 days to submit an online application for permanent residence.
Citizenship and Immigration Canada will process the majority of complete applications (meaning those with all the necessary supporting documents) in six months or less.
Candidates can stay in the pool for up to 12 months. If they do not get an Invitation to Apply for permanent residence within 12 months of submitting an Express Entry profile, they may submit a new profile. If they still meet the criteria, they can re-enter the pool. This will prevent backlogs and ensure quick processing times.
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Employers can hire skilled foreign workers to meet their labour needs when they are unable to find Canadians or permanent residents to fill job vacancies. Employers will have the flexibility and choice to use current recruiting and hiring practices. They will also have access to candidates through: Job Bank, private sector job boards and Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) where applicable.