Are you thinking about moving to Canada or migrating there? And you’ve heard of express entry as a way to move to Canada, right? And it seems like something you should think about. You probably need a detailed guide to how express entry in Canada works.
Express entry is a way to move to Canada or a way to do it. It’s not as simple as that. I’m here to help you make it through. Make sure you don’t forget anything.
First, you need to know exactly what express entry is and how it works. Then we’ll talk about how it works and other complicated details that you’ll need for your plans to move.
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How does Express Entry work?
You can move to Canada in many ways, and this express entry is one of them. What does “express entry” mean?
This system for moving people to Canada is based on points. Skilled workers who have enough points can be invited to move to Canada permanently. I don’t think you have any idea what that means. As soon as possible, we’ll know more about that.
Let’s go over the whole process of express entry before we get into the specifics.
The first thing you have to do is make an express entry profile.
After you make your Express Entry profile, you will have to answer some questions in 6 different groups. Personal information, contact information, studies and languages, application information, representatives, and work history are some of the things that fall into these categories.
Then you’ll get a score based on things like your age, how well you speak English, your education, and whether you’ve worked in Canada or somewhere else.
After you get a score for your profile, you’ll join a big group of people who are also waiting for invitations to stay in the country permanently. Don’t worry, it’s not a scary place to be, and you won’t be there for long.
Now is the time to talk in more depth about how express entry works. Let us get it.
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How does Canada’s Express Entry work?
To learn more about how this system works, let’s talk about how you’ll know when you’ve been invited to live there permanently.
Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) holds a draw every two weeks, which can be seen on the IRCC rounds of invitation page.
This draw is a way to pick a small number of people from the group of people who want to get an invitation for permanent residence.
On this page, there will be a mark or a score that is too low. If your score is higher than this cutoff, you will definitely get an invitation.
You’ll be contacted about this soon after, and you’ll be asked to fill out an application for permanent residence.
What if your score and the cutoff score are the same? This is a tricky situation. You will only benefit from this if you sent in your profile before the deadline.
This is one reason why you should send in your profile as soon as you qualify. If your point is the same as the cut-off and you didn’t submit your profile before the cut-off was announced, it’s possible that your profile won’t be as important as those of people who were in the same situation as you but submitted their profiles earlier.
You may also be wondering what will happen if your score is below the cutoff. That shouldn’t be the end of the journey, though. You have to keep going until you get an invitation to live there permanently. Your Express Entry profile will end if you stay in the pool for a year without getting an invitation.
Don’t act shocked. Profiles can run out of time. They are made to only work for a year. If you don’t get an invite after a year, you would have to make a new profile. Yes, you can start the process over by making a new profile.
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I hope you’ve figured out by now that there are two parts to the process:
- Putting in your profile for Express Entry
- Getting an invitation to live there permanently (which precedes permanent residency application).
You should know that even if you start the application process for permanent residence right away after getting an invitation, it does not mean that you will get your permanent residence right away.
There are certain rules that will be followed about it. The IRCC has to check that you meet the requirements. This could take anywhere from six to twelve months, starting from when you sent in your application for permanent residence.
If you meet all of the requirements, you will be allowed to live there permanently. All that needs to happen is for the requirements to be met.
Express Entry is made up of three different programs. These are:
1. Canadian Experience Class
This particular program is designed for skilled workers that have some sort of work experience within Canada, and are interested in getting a permanent residence.
There are a few things you have to do to get into this program. One of them is the level of language. You will need a CLB7 if you have a professional, managerial, knocked-A, or zero-level job. That is what has to happen. You will need a CLB5 if you have a technical or knock-b job.
You must also have worked in the skilled job for at least one year in the three years before you applied.
Another important thing is that if you want to do a skilled job, you need a work permit.
2. Federal Skilled Worker
This is for people who have skilled work experience in their home country but not in Canada. The difference is that for this program, the requirements are higher.
No matter what category or level of job you have, you must have a CLB7 in all of your skills. You must have worked for at least a year straight in your home country.
Now, the last thing you need is proof of money. This will show that you have enough money to live in Canada with your family.
3. Federal Skilled Trades
This is for skilled trade workers who want to stay in the country permanently. First, you have to be able to speak the language. You only need to have CLB5 for speaking and listening abilities, and a CLB4 for your reading and writing abilities.
Before you can apply for permanent residence, you have to have worked in a skilled trade job for two years in the last five years.
You must also have a job offer for full-time work for the next year. This can be replaced by having a certificate of qualification from a Canadian federal, provincial, or territorial government.
There are other requirements for this program that are unique to it.
How Do You Find Out If You Can Apply?
You want to know how to check to see if you qualify. There is a free tool you can use to see if you are eligible.
Type “moving to Canada as a skilled immigrant” into your browser’s Google search box. Go with the first result that has “Canada.ca” in the domain name.
Click on the link to go to the page. At the bottom of the page, you’ll see a button that says “Check your eligibility.”
This will take you to a page with a series of questions you have to answer.
Your choice of which province in Canada to move to
Language test results for the Express Entry programs (this means you need to take an English test to be able to do this). IELTS, CELPIP, TEF, and TCF are all programs that can be used.)
Date of exam (proficiency tests are only good for a certain amount of time. IELTS has been around for two years)
How you did on each part of the test of your skills.
Another test of language skills (this is optional, but it will increase your chances)
Work experience with a skill.
After you finish this test, you will see the result, which will tell you if you are eligible or not. On the same page, there is a step-by-step guide on how to join the group of people lobbying for an invitation to permanent residence.
This is a simple way to see if you can get in. The tool is free and can help you figure out if you meet the requirements.
Migration through this system might seem like a hard thing to do. You also need a lot of time and might need to spend some money if you don’t already have things like the English proficiency test.
You need both skill and luck to win. I hope that this guide gives you all the information you need and that your move goes well.