There are three categories of applications for permanent residence under the Express Entry system:
There are two steps to apply to the Express Entry system:
STEP 1: EXPRESS ENTRY PROFILE
If you qualify less than one of the three categories and wish to apply to immigration to Canada an online Express Entry Profile must be completed first. This is an online form that will require details of skills, work experience, language ability, education, and related information. Those who meet the criteria of one of the three federal immigration categories will then be placed into a pool of candidates.
STEP 2: INVITATION TO APPLY
Candidates within the Express Entry system will be ranked against each other based on a point system called the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). The CRS will measure factors such as work experience, language skills, education, and whether or not the candidate has a job offer. To demonstrate language skills a language test result must be provided and foreign educational credentials must be supported by an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) to determine their Canadian equivalency. Points will be awarded based on the information provided in the Profile.
Those with the highest CRS scores will be invited to apply for permanent residence. Once the invitation to apply is provided, the candidate will have 90 days to submit an online application for permanent residence.
Candidates can stay in the Express Entry pool for up to 12 months. If they have not received an invitation within 12 months they can re-register as long as they continue to qualify less than one of the three categories.
There is no deadline to complete a profile and there are no caps on the number of candidates that will be accepted to the pool.
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