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Express Entry (EE)

Express Entry candidates have the skills and experience necessary to immediately contribute to Canada’s economy and job market.

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Express Entry manages applications in the Federal Skilled Worker Programme (FSWP), Federal Skilled Trades Programme (FSTP), Canadian Experience Class (CEC) and a portion of the Provincial Nominee Programme (PNP).

 

Foreign nationals interested in immigrating to Canada permanently under one of these programmes will create an online profile with information about themselves including their skills and experience. Candidates who meet the minimum criteria are pooled together and ranked by the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS), which looks at various factors, including language proficiency, education, skills and experience, among others. Invitations to apply are then given to the highest ranked candidates in each invitation round. In 2016, CIC expects to have 15-25 invitation rounds. The foreign nationals are allowed to use Immigration Lawyers/Consultants to prepare their profile and, if selected, to submit their application.

 

Federal Skilled Worker Programme (FSWP):

 

Minimum Requirements:

  • At least one year (30 hours per week) of paid work experience, continuous full-time or an equal amount in part-time;

  • The work experience should be within the last 10 years and at skill type 0, or skill levels A or B of the 2011 National Occupation Classification (NOC);

  • Meet the minimum language level of Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 7, and take a language test approved by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) that shows the foreign national meets the level for speaking, listening, reading and writing;

  • The candidates must have:

                o A Canadian secondary (high school) or post-secondary certificate, diploma

                   or degree; OR  

                o Completed foreign credential, AND an Educational Credential Assessment  

                   (ECA) report from an agency approved by CIC.

 

If a foreign national meets all the conditions set out in the minimum requirements, the CIC will assess their application based on the selection factors in the federal skilled worker points grid. The selection factors are: skills in English and/or French, education, work experience, age, whether they have a valid job offer, and their adaptability.

 

To assess your eligibility under this programme please click here.

 

Federal Skilled Trades Programme (FSTP):

 

In order to apply under this programme, a foreign national must:

  • Plan to live outside the province of Quebec;

  • Meet the required levels in English and/or French, for each language ability (speaking, reading, writing and listening);

  • Have at least two years of full-time work experience (or an equal amount of part-time work experience) in a skilled trade within the five years before they apply;

  • Meet the job requirements for that skilled trade as set out in the National Occupational Classification (NOC), except for needing a certificate of qualification;

  • Have an offer of full-time employment for a total period of at least one year, OR a certificate of qualification in that skilled trade issued by a Canadian provincial or territorial authority.

 

Skilled Trades currently eligible for the Federal Skilled Trades Programme are organised under these major and minor groups of the NOC:

  • Major Group 72, industrial, electrical and construction trades

  • Major Group 73, maintenance and equipment operation trades

  • Major Group 82, supervisors and technical jobs in natural resources, agriculture and related production

  • Major Group 92, processing, manufacturing and utilities supervisors and central control operators

  • Minor Group 632, chefs and cooks

  • Minor Group 633, butchers and bakers

 

There is no education requirement for the Federal Skilled Trades Programme. However, if a foreign national wants to earn points for their education under Express Entry, thy either need:

  • A Canadian post-secondary certificate, diploma or degree, OR

  • A completed foreign credential, AND an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) report from an agency approved by CIC.

 

The foreign national also needs to:

  • Meet the minimum language level of Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 5 for speaking and listening, and Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 4 for reading and writing, AND

  • Take a language test approved by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) that shows they meet the level for speaking, listening, reading and writing.

 

To assess your eligibility under this programme please click here.

 

Canadian Experience Class (CEC):

 

In order to be eligible to apply under the Canadian Experience Class, a foreign national must:

  • Have at least 12 months of full-time (or an equal amount in part-time) skilled work experience in Canada in the three years before they apply;

  • Have gained their experience in Canada with the proper authorisation;

  • Meet the required language levels needed for the job, for each language ability (speaking, reading, writing and listening);

  • Plan to live outside the province of Quebec.

 

Self-employment and work experience gained while a foreign national was a full-time student (for example, on a co-op work term) does not count under this programme.

 

To be considered for the Canadian Experience Class, a foreign national needs to have Canadian skilled work experience within three years of applying. According to the Canadian National Occupation Classification (NOC) skilled work experience means:

  • Managerial jobs (NOC skill level 0)

  • Professional jobs (NOC skill type A)

  • Technical jobs and skilled trades (NOC skill type B)

 

There is no education requirement for Canadian Experience Class. But, if a foreign national wants to earn points for their education under Express Entry, they eithe need:

  • A Canadian secondary (high school) or post-secondary certificate, diploma or degree, OR

  • A completed foreign credential, AND an Educational Credential Assessment report.

 

The foreign national must also:

  • Meet the minimum language level of Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 7 for NOC 0 or A jobs OR Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 5 for NOC B jobs, AND

  • Take a language test approved by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) that shows they meet the level for speaking, listening, reading and writing.

 

To assess your eligibility under this programme please click here.

Related Programmes

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