As a skilled worker interested in obtaining Canadian permanent residency, you may wonder how to become eligible for Express Entry. The good news is that you have many options to explore.
The first step towards becoming eligible for Express Entry is identifying why you may currently be ineligible. This could be due to not meeting the minimum requirements for the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), such as work experience, language ability, or education. By addressing the reason for your ineligibility, you can work towards submitting an Express Entry profile.
Another pathway toward eligibility for Express Entry is pursuing an education pathway in Canada. By studying in Canada and gaining eligible work experience, you can become eligible for the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) program and hence, Express Entry. This approach also offers the added benefit of receiving more Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points due to your Canadian education and work experience.
If you are not eligible for Express Entry, Canada offers over 100 different immigration streams for skilled workers. You can pursue one or more of these options at the same time. The options include Express Entry, Provincial Nominee Program (PNP), Quebec’s immigration system, other Federal Immigration Programs, pursuing a study pathway, or working in Canada.
Express Entry is Canada’s main way of welcoming skilled worker immigrants. It is a fast and efficient system that selects the most qualified candidates through a points-based ranking system. The PNP is the second major way that Canada welcomes skilled workers, and it allows provinces and territories to nominate eligible candidates for permanent residency. Quebec has its own immigration system to recruit skilled workers, and it operates independently of other Canadian provinces.
Other Federal Immigration Programs include moving to Canada’s Atlantic provinces, rural and northern communities, working as a caregiver, working in the agri-food sector, starting a business, or being a self-employed person. Pursuing a study pathway is another major stepping stone toward obtaining a permanent resident visa through the above immigration options. If you already have a job offer in Canada, you can begin your immigration journey by moving to Canada on a work permit and then pursuing the above options to transition to immigration status.