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How do I Get Invited to Apply for Permanent Residence

How do I Get Invited to Apply for Permanent Residence

Express Entry Candidates Invited to Apply for Permanent Residence

The Government of Canada invited 3,350 Express Entry candidates to apply for Canadian permanent residence in a draw held March 20, 2019. Based on the Immigration, Refugees, Citizenship Canada’s website, the cut-off score for the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) in the draw on March 20, 2019 was 452, which was two points lower than the minimum score in the previous Express Entry draw held March 6, 2019. This means that all candidates with a CRS score of 452 or above would receive an ITA in the invitation round held March 20, 2019.

As of now, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has now issued a total of 21,200 Invitations to Apply (ITAs) in 2019 through the Express Entry system.

The Express Entry immigration system is one of the most common ways for individuals to immigrate to Canada. In this blog, you will learn about eligibility requirements for Express Entry, as well as other important information one should know before applying under this economic immigration program.

What is Express Entry

The Express Entry immigration system allows a foreign national that come from a variety of different fields, educational backgrounds, and work experience to obtain permanent residency in Canada under specific federal economic immigration programs. By applying for Express Entry, you are essentially establishing a mutually beneficial relationship with the Canadian Government. That being said, while you are obtaining your permanent residency, you are also contributing to the Canadian Labour Market and the economy. As long as the foreign national is eligible, they can apply under the Express Entry immigration system to get a Permanent Resident Status in Canada. Permanent Resident Status will then be your stepping-stone to the last stop of your Canadian Immigration journey, which is obtaining the Canadian citizenship.

In order to protect the rights of Canadian citizens and permanent residents, the Canadian government indicates that the Express Entry system should not and does not take away any employment opportunities from all Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada. Rather, the Express Entry immigration system is meant to compliment the Canadian workforce with skilled foreign workers. The program essentially grants the foreign skilled workers the opportunity to benefit the Canadian economy and labour market.

Eligibility Requirements for Express Entry

Before applying under the Express Entry immigration system, it is important for you to determine your eligibility of one of the following three federal economic immigration programs:

The Federal Skilled Worker Program

The Federal Skilled Trades Program

• The Canadian Experience Class

As previously mentioned, you must qualify for one of the three federal economic immigration programs. In addition, there is a portion within the Provincial Nominee Program that you may be able to apply for under the Express Entry immigration system. In order to be qualified for the Provincial Nominee Program, you must first be nominated by a specific province or territory within Canada. The intention of the program is to help with the Canadian labor market based on the specific province or territory.

Once you have determined that you are eligible and become a candidate in the Express Entry immigration system, you will then be placed in a pool with other eligible candidates under the aforementioned programs. You will face a competition with other applications in the same pool. The competition will be based on the scores you have on the Comprehensive Ranking System. The higher you score is, the more competitive you are. It is important to note that if you are determined to be one of the highest ranked candidates in the pool, you will receive an invitation from Canadian Immigration and Citizenship to apply for permanent residency in Canada.

The process of ranking candidates against each other is assisted by using the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) and what your specific CRS score is. Therefore, once you determine your CRS score, this score will be used to compare with other eligible candidates. The scores are based on age, education, work experience, language ability, whether or not you have a Canadian spouse, whether or not you have arranged employment in Canada, as well as how you, as a candidate, can directly benefit the Canadian labour market and the Canadian economy respectively.

Comprehensive Ranking System

The Comprehensive Ranking System determines a variety of factors that show a foreign work’s capability to be a competitive and valuable contribution to the Canadian economy. The higher your score is, the better the chance you will be selected to receive an invitation for permanent residency in Canada. It is also important to know what factors the CRS will utilize. For instance, the CRS will provide you with your CRS score based on the answers you provide on your profile for the following factors:

• Skills

• Work Experience

• Education

• Language Ability

• Other Factors

Keep in mind, the CRS can also give you points for any of the following as well:

• Canadian diploma, degree or certificate

• Valid job offer from a Canadian employer

• Nomination from a Province or Territory

• Other Factors

Based on all of the aforementioned factors, you must be one of the highest ranked candidates in order to get an invitation for permanent residency in Canada.

Contact Akrami & Associates

Express entry may have many different requirements which may make this type of application confusing, or sometimes, overwhelming. Moreover, the application for Express Entry can be difficult when you are doing it on your own. As a result, it is highly recommended that you seek out professional and experienced help before attempting to apply for Express Entry. Akrami & Associates work and have experience with many different immigration issues. We have helped many of our clients to obtain their permanent residency with Express Entry. Please feel free to contact Akrami & Associates at 416-477-2545 for more information, or if you would like to book a consultation with an immigration professional for more advise.

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