EXPRESS ENTRY TO CANADA (Jan-2015)
CIC| has announced a new Express Entry scheme for FSW. According to Express Entry, skilled immigrants will be chosen as permanent residents based on their ability to settle in Canada and take part in Canada's economy. CIC will assess them on their:
English and/or French language skills,
Work experience, and
other factors that have been shown to help newcomers prosper in Canada.
As of January 2015, there is a new system to manage how people with skilled work experience apply to immigrate to Canada. It is called Express Entry.
Under Express Entry, people will first fill out an online profile that includes their language test scores, their Educational Credential Assessment (if they need one) and outlines their work experience. There is no cost to complete and submit an Express Entry profile.
Based on their profiles, candidates will be ranked against others in a pool. On a regular basis, CIC will draw top candidates from the pool and send them an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residence. Only those who get an Invitation to Apply from CIC will be able to apply.
Under this new system, most complete applications will be processed in six months or less.
You must use Express Entry if you want to apply for:
- Federal Skilled Worker Program,
Federal Skilled Trades Program,
Canadian Experience Class, or
As a provincial nominee, in some cases.
Become a candidate
Your first step is to become a candidate in the Express Entry pool.Use the online tool, Come to Canada, to see if you meet the criteria to get into the Express Entry pool or read about the eligibility criteria for Express Entry.If you are eligible, fill out your Express Entry profile online and then find out what happens once you are in the pool of potential immigrants.Some people from the pool will get Invitations to Apply for permanent residence.If you have already created an Express Entry profile and wish to view it, go to your MyCIC account.
After you receive your Invitation to Apply, follow the steps mention in that invitation to apply as a skilled immigrant.
Check Processing Times
If you applied before January 1, 2015 Your application will be processed under the rules in place at the time you applied.Find out how long it will take for CIC to process your application.
If you applied on or after January 1, 2015 CIC goal is to process most complete applications received under Express Entry in six months or less.CIC currently only have processing times for people who applied under the old system.Processing times tell you how long it took Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) to process applications in the past. Since Express Entry is a new system and not enough applications have been received yet, processing times are not available but CIC have committed to process applications in six months or less.
After you apply: get next steps
Find out what you should do after you apply to come to Canada.After you apply, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) will verify that you have:
Filled out your online application for permanent residence correctly,
Paid your processing fee,
Met all the requirements,
Included all documents.
If you are not truthful in your Express Entry profile or application for permanent residence:
Your application could be refused,
You could be found inadmissible, and
You could be barred for five years from applying for permanent resident status.
CIC will contact you through your MyCIC account when they have reviewed your application. You can get updates on the status of your application through your MyCIC account. You will be told what you need to do and what will happen next.
Prepare for arrival
Be prepared and know what to expect when you arrive in Canada.
Find out more about Express Entry
Note: The province of Quebec chooses its own skilled workers. If you plan to live in Quebec, see Quebec-selected skilled workers to find out more.