There is the most progressive immigration system in the world in Canada. It is an Express Entry. Started from January 2015, it was developed by Canadian authorities to better align immigrant skills with labor market needs.
Under Express Entry, applicants are put in a pool, each application is scored by using the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). The federal government determines the highest ranked candidates and issues an invitation to apply (ITA) for permanent residence.
A main feature of the new system is that applicants can improve their scores in the Express Entry pool. And they don`t need to submit a new application.
The CRS gives a candidate a score based on the candidate’s profile information. These scores allow people to rank the candidates in the pool against each other.
Applicants are awarded points based on the following factors:
Skills and work experience.
Language ability in English and French skills.
Language skills and education of the applicant’s spouse or common-law partner.
Possession of a job offer supported by a positive Labour Market Impact Assessment.
Possession of a provincial government nomination for permanent residence.
Certain combinations of language skills, education and work experience, result in a higher chance of the applicant becoming employed.
Express Entry is not an immigration program; it is an online system created to manage the admission of immigration applications to Canada.
Candidates who meet eligibility criteria submit an online profile known as an Expression of interest (EOI), under one of 3 federal Canada immigration programs or a participating provincial immigration program, to the Express Entry Pool.
Applicants’ profiles are ranked against each other according to a scoring system called the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). The highest-ranked applicants will be considered for an invitation to apply (ITA) for permanent residence. Those who receive an ITA must quickly submit a full application and pay processing fees within 60 days.
The federal government aims to process complete PR applications in only six months.
There are many ways how to boost your scores while you are in the Express Entry pool:
All applicants can score points in a variety of areas. Often applicants can focus on one factor too much instead of being aware of all them where points can be increased overally. If anything, being qualified well on one aspect should make a candidate focus on others as well, where it’s possible to improve. The candidate should consider each factor individually and ask: How can I improve my score in this area?
A 600-point provincial nomination is a good way for an applicant to climb to the top of the list. The most organized candidates are the most likely to succeed by choosing this path. Those who can identify a sponsoring employer will also succeed. Different provinces have different priority professions, which can change all the time. Applicants need to update their applications and prepare them for submission. They also need to be aware of the latest news. Some provinces do nothing but update their websites when categories open or close. The candidates should be mindful of when these categories are available, it could be between 600 points and the ITA or another six months spent waiting. Applicants who have previously visited the province may also receive additional points, which is worth considering.
Getting a job offer and up to 200 points greatly increases your chances of getting an ITA. One of the effective ways is to achieve this by conducting a comprehensive job search that involves visiting Canada. A visit to the country is always recommended as a candidate preparing for a move that could change his life. It is possible to get a job offer abroad, but why not increase your chances by visiting Canada?
We strongly recommend considering hiring an employment specialist. This method can help improve your resume score, and share other tips that will increase your chances and bring you closer to your goal. Candidates have to learn to stand out from their competitors in the pool and increase their chances.
Students from all over the world pursuing recognized degrees and diplomas in Canadian institutions can receive extra points under Express Entry.
1.To earn Canadian educational credits, the candidate must have:
Have graduated from a Canadian educational institution.
have been enrolled in full-time study or training for at least 8 months.
Have been physically presented in Canada for at least 8 months.
2.Advancing your education while in the pool
Nothing can prevent a candidate from completing an undergraduate or graduate degree, depending on the level of education already received. Once the candidate achieves a higher level of education, he will get more points, although qualifications obtained outside of Canada must first be validated through an educational assessment (ECA). Not only will this lead to a higher overall score, but it will become a selection criterion for many potential employers.
3.Get all your qualifications estimated.
Most of the time the candidates only submit their highest qualification to the ECA. By nominating all the higher qualifications, the candidates can increase their score. One qualification may be more effective and better than another in the ECA, or the qualification may better match the skills required in a particular province. It is always better for a candidate to provide a broader level of education.
A)Qualifications for Canadian Experience Class applicants
Canadian Experience Class (CEC) applicants can access the Express Entry pool , and they are not required to have a college degree, which is not valid for the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP). This means that candidates for the CEC are not required to submit their qualification to the ECA. But this does not mean that the scores of the CEC candidate do not increase due to higher education. In other words, if the applicant has a higher education, he needs to take the necessary assessment steps in order to receive the points that the diploma deserves.
Choose the principal candidate carefully.
Applicants may think that it is obvious to know who is best suited to apply as a couple, but this is not always the case. Those with trade qualifications and experience can score higher than spouses with a degree or experience in a field that already has an ample workforce in Canada. This is also worth paying attention to in the framework of the provincial programs, which indicate the demanded categories of vacancies. Age is also an important factor. It is worth taking the time to evaluate who is the best prime candidate. Also, nothing prevents a couple from applying twice, each as the main applicant.
2. Your spouse/partner can score points.
After that you have decided who the primary applicant is, another person in the relationship can increase the CRS score up to 40 points by boosting Canadian work experience, increasing education or improving language skills. Provincial programs also give points to highly-qualified spouses.
1.In case if you don’t have Canadian work experience
Non-Canadian experience is not as valuable as Canadian Express Entry, but it still matters. Non-Canadian experience falls under the combinated factors, which are worth a total 100 points. Points are awarded for up to three years of work experience outside of Canada. This means that more experience combined with a better language skills score can maximize your scores.
2.Canadian local work experience
Canadian experience is considered to be the gold standard. It is awarded points on its own, and an applicant gets extra points for up to five years of employment in Canada. If an applicant is in the country and is working, they have to keep doing so.
Each province is looking for experts in particular areas, and these areas can quickly change. There may be limits on how many points a candidate’s experience can score. Additional experience can lead to a provincial nomination of 600 points.
Any improvement in an applicant`s language skills can result in a better score, but reaching Canadian Benchmark Level 9 or above can mean an additional 100 points on top of the 260 available, combined with other factors. In case, if you are bilingual in English and French, assess both languages to maximize the points open. The better a candidate’s English and French, the higher the score, so a candidate is supposed to keep going to lessons and keep retaking the tests while they are in the Express Entry pool.
The Canadian government continually improves the Express Entry immigration system rules to ensure the suitable candidates are selected. Provinces and territories also periodically enhance their programs to better respond to the many sub-labour markets across Canada. By staying in touch with all of the federal and provincial programs, you can adjust to any changes before others.
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