Skilled workers, also known as independent immigrants, are selected as permanent residents based on their education, work experience, knowledge of English and/or French, their age, and other criteria that have been shown to help them become economically established in Canada.
Starting January 1, 2015, Immigration Canada has implemented a new immigration management system called ‘Express Entry’. This is not a new category of immigration; it is a new way of managing applications for the following existing economic immigration programs
Federal Skilled Worker Program
Federal Skilled Trades Program
Canadian Experience Class
A portion of the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP)
Under Express Entry, you must first fill out an online profile that includes your language test scores, your Educational Credential Assessment (if you need one) and an outline of your work experience.
Based on their profiles, candidates will be ranked against others in a pool. On a regular basis, Immigration Canada 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 Immigration Canada will be able to apply. You will then have 60 days to submit a full application.
Under this new system, most complete applications will be processed in six months or less.
It will be of critical importance to have a perfect submission for each and every step of the new process, and you will want to have professional guidance at each step on the path to Immigration to Canada.
The first step in the process of applying is to
take your English and/or French language test, and
have your Educational Credential Assessment prepared (if you need one).
Once you have the results of your language test as well as your Educational Credential Assessment, we can proceed to do a detailed assessment of your eligibility for Canadian Immigration.
If you would like to know if you meet the eligibility requirements to apply through Express Entry, please feel free to complete our free Online Eligibility Questionnaire. Once complete, you will be contacted with the results of your assessment.