Express Entry to Canada FAQ Questions and Answers

Express Entry to Canada 2015 FAQ:

TheExpress Entry systemwill be covering the current Canadian economic immigration programs which are theFederal Skilled Worker Program,Federal Skilled Trades Program, and theCanadian Experience Class.

In order to comply with thelocal labour market requirements, all the provinces and territories will also be choosing candidates under Express Entry.

Not really. theExpress Entrywill not change the current requirements of immigration programs. It is not a new program. It is only a modified way for CIC to handle the economic immigration online applications.

There is no limitation on the number of people that can enter and apply under theExpress Entry. The applicants who have a greater variety of skills and experienceand fulfil the job requirements can be selected by employers from anyprovince and territory.Express Entrybases the number of applicants invited to apply for permanent residence on the Annual Immigration Levels Plan. The Levels Plan still seeks the broad admission ranges for the immigration programs that are part of the Express Entry.

TheExpress Entrywill enlist the applicants who have high-quality skills and experience forCanadian employersto pick from. Much like an inventory of applicants who can file the position because the employer was not able to fill the position with a Canadian citizen or permanent resident. So, they can choose the candidates from there if they meet their needs.

Should the candidate have a job offer and have secured a LabourMarket Impact Assessment(LMIA) under the Express Entry Route the applicant can gain extra points. This will increase the chances of securing an invitation by the government toapply for permanent residence.

Should the applicant be invited to continue his/herapplication for Permanent Residency, the government promises to have thePR application expedited and processed within 6 months. This fast process is beneficial to both employers and candidates. The aim of CIC is to process the application within six from the day they receive a complete application for permanent residence.

All application received by Citizenship and Immigration Canada before theExpress Entry systemwas launched will still be processed as regular.

Provinces/Territories:

In theExpress Entry system, provinces and territories can nominate foreign nationals so long as the candidates comply with the basic immigration and labour market standards. By obtaining the nomination from a province or territory the candidates will receive significant extra points to be invited to apply for permanent residence for the eligible draw of candidates.

There are two corresponding step to get nominated for Express Entry:

  • The candidates either canenter the poolfirst and then obtain a nomination by a province or territory
  • Or the candidates can be nominated first by province or territory and then they can fill out an onlineExpress Entry application.

The candidates have to meet the criteria of at least one of thefederal immigration programsregardless of whether they are PNP applicants or not.

If the candidates want to use bothProvincial Nominee Programand theExpress Entry Route, then there are two ways:

  • The candidates can apply for PNP first; once he/she gets nominated, they can fill out an online Express Entry application; OR
  • The candidates can fill out an online Express Entry application first. Once a candidate is in the Express Entry pool, then the province or territory can search for that candidate from the pool and ask him/her to apply for PNP. When the candidate obtains a nomination certificate, they will update their Express Entry profile.

The main benefit of theExpress Entry system is that it gives recruitment options for employers. If an employer cannot find a Canadian or permanent resident to fill the position, then an employer can hire potential candidates.

Other benefits:

  • Qualified employers have a direct role in looking for appropriate economic immigrants
  • There is noLIMAfee forpermanent residence applications
  • Job Bank will connect the qualified employers with theExpress Entry Applicants.
  • Up to 80% of permanent residence applications will be processed within six months. So faster processing times
  • Should the Applicant have anapproved Labour Market Impact Assessment(LIMA) or a nomination by a province or territory, he/she will score extra points. Making it more likely for the government to send the applicant an invitation to apply for PR.

Yes, the employers in Canada have already beenconsulted on Express Entry by Citizenship and Immigration (CIC) Canada. CIC has held consultations with employers for the purpose of a quick and flexible immigration system.

CIC obtains the information from provincial/territorial partners as well as ESDC and has held information sessions across the country to prepare employers for the Express Entry Route.

Qualified employers are recognized by National Associations and Provincial and Local Chambers of Commerce. The participants represent important industries and investors like Canadian Manufactures and Exporters (CME), the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB), and the Canadian Chamber of Commerce.

Firstly, Canadian employers must position. If the employer is not successful after many recruitment efforts, then the employer can choose any candidate from the Express Entry pool who meets their requirements.

There are two ways that employers can approach candidates:

  • The employer can find a candidate through his or her hiring practice and current recruiting process
  • In2015 employers can approach candidates through Job Bank. The Job Bank will play an important role for which it will try to match the candidate from the pool on the base of his/her skills and experience, and knowledge with the qualified employer.

The candidates who have job offers in theExpress Entry pool can obtain an invitation to apply because the job offer to Express Entry is supported by aLabour Market Impact Assessment(LIMA).

Invitation to apply does not provide any guarantee to candidates that candidates will get permanent residence. Even though candidates have ITA, they still have to meet specific eligibility and admissibility criteria under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA).

No. The Express Entry system has no list of eligible occupations or occupation caps. However, for eligibility for the Express Entry pool, candidates have to have skilled work experience in a National Occupational Code (NOC)0, A or B. The candidate’s job offer should be from theNOC,and the job offer must be supported by a LIMA.

Employers in Canadacan approach candidates through Job Bank.Job Bank works like a bridge between Canadian employers and skilled foreign nationals. The candidates of Express Entry have to register with Job Bank if they have no valid job offer or a provincial/territorial nomination. It is an excellent opportunity for candidates to find relevant jobs available with theCanadian employer.

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