Express Entry

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    Canadian Experienced Class
    • Canadian Experience Class applicants are expected to have qualities which enable them to make a rapid transition from being a Temporary Residentto a Permanent Resident. Such applicants have knowledge of either English or French and also have the qualifying work experience.  Thousands of applicants qualify under this program each year and begin to enjoy the various benefits associated with permanent residency. This can be you.
    • Under the Canadian Experience Class, and individual who currently has temporary status is able to receive permanent residence if he/she meets the requirements under this stream. It is no great secret that the application process can be challenging even for the most educated applicant. Therefore, to avoid the possibility of denial many enlist the expertise of an immigration professional.

    Who is a Canadian Experienced Class Application for?

    – The Canadian Experience Class application is for individuals who prior to applying have temporary status in Canada. One may be a temporary foreign worker or foreign student and have experience in Canada. Successful applicants under the Canadian Experience Class are deemed to have attributes which will make them successful contributors to the Canadian economy.

    All Economic Class programs are designed to bring immigrants to Canada who can establish themselves economically in the country.​

    The Canadian Experience Class is part of the Economic Class and this is managed by the Express Entry program. Approximate processing times are currently 6 months once an Invitation to Apply (ITA) is received.
    To be eligible to apply, you must meet the program requirements.

    Canadian Experience Class requirements:

    • Have obtained at least one year of full-time skilled, professional or technical work experience in Canada within 36 months of the application date.  Self-Employment or work experience gained while being a full-time student does not count.
    • The job experience is in  a Managerial job (NOC skill level 0),  Professional job (NOC skill type A), Technical jobs and skilled trades (NOC skill type B)
    • Meet the minimum language scoreof CLB ۵ or CLB 7 on the Canadian Language Benchmark, depending on the level of the job
    • Plan to live and work outside of the province of Quebec (individuals with work experience in Quebec and who plan to reside in Quebec may apply to the Quebec Experience Class).

    Final Criteria before getting Permanent Residence:​

    Once selected from the Express entry Pool and awarded with an Invitation to Apply (ITA), candidates and their dependants must also undergo medical examinations and obtain security clearances as part of the Canadian immigration application process.

    Valid option for International Students​

    The Canadian Experience Class offers students with Canadian work experience the fastest and simplest path to achieving permanent residence.
    After completing a program or course of study at a Canadian educational institution, international graduates are able to remain in the country and work on post-graduate work permits. Once a graduate obtains at least one year of Canadian work experience in a skilled, professional or technical field, they may then become eligible to apply under the Canadian Experience Class.
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    Express Entry

    What is the Express Entry Program for Immigrating to Canada?

    Canada’s Express Entry (EE) system is a selection process used by the Canadian government’s department of “Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada” (IRCC) to select skilled immigrants to become permanent residents of Canada. In order to enter the pool, eligible candidates must meet the Canadian Express Entry requirements by qualifying for one of the following Canadian immigration programs.
    Express Entry encompasses three Canadian immigration programs:
    • the Federal Skilled Worker Program
    • the Federal Skilled Trades Program
    • the Canadian Experience Class
    Some Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) also have an Express Entry component. If you receive a nomination from a provincial authority, then you are able to include the respective approval on your Express Entry submission.

    How to Apply for Express Entry to Canada?

    If you believe that you are eligible for the Express Entry program, then start by creating a profile or speak to one of our Canadian immigration lawyers. You have 60 days to complete the online profile and upload the required documents. Your profile contains your personal information and skills that contribute to your score in the point-based Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). The profile will help the IRCC determine if you meet Canada’s Express Entry requirements. If you’re eligible, then you will be accepted into the pool where you will be ranked according to your CRS score. You will then wait in the pool until you receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residency.

    Express Entry Points

    The CRS gives you a score based on the information in your profile, including:
    • skills
    • education
    • language ability
    • work experience other factors
    You can increase your points for Express Entry with:
    • Canadian degrees, diplomas or certificates
    • a valid job offer
    • a nomination from a province or territory

    Express Entry Processing Time

    If you are eligible for Express Entry, your application can stay in the pool for up to 12 months depending on your CRS score and the government’s objective during the respective draws. If the IRCC invites you to apply, then you will have 60 days to submit an online application for permanent residency. The IRCC aims to process your application for permanent residency within 6 months. If you do not receive an ITA within 12 months, then you can update your profile and you will need to re-enter the pool.

    Express Entry Refusal

    These are some of the top reasons for why an ITA may be denied:
    1) Not meeting the requirements
    2) Failure to understand what the government is looking for
    3) Errors within the submission
    4) Failure to optimize points within regulations

    How Can I Avoid a Canadian Immigration Refusal?

    Applying for an Express Entry visa is a complicated and competitive process that becomes quite timely—especially if you have to re-submit your application. Working with an experienced immigration team can help eliminate errors and optimize your profile. By working with OkayCanada on your Canada Express Entry Visa, we will start by ensuring your profile is completed, honestly and accurately, with all the required paperwork uploaded within the 60-day deadline.

    Common Questions about Express Entry

    What are the language requirements for Express Entry?
    Your qualifying language ability is dependent on the requirements of your program. You need to take a standardized language test approved by the IRCC to determine your English language ability. Additional points are also available for candidates who prove French language ability.
    Can my entire family immigrate after I am successful?
    Yes, you can bring your spouse, qualifying common-law partner and dependent children. You must list any dependents on your Express Entry profile, and their level of education, language proficiency and age is considered when calculating your CRS points.
    Can I work while I wait for a decision after making an Express Entry application?
    Yes, if you have a valid work permit or qualify for a valid work permit.
    How many points will I get with a job offer?
    The points can range from an additional 50–۲۰۰ points, depending on the type of job offer you receive.
    What are the core human capital factors?
    • Age
    • Level of education
    • Language proficiency
    • Canadian work experience
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    Federal Skilled Trade
    • The Federal Skilled Trades Program (FTSC) allows individuals with either a job offer or educational qualification to work in a trade to immigrate to Canada. This program provides an amazing opportunity to thousands of people each year and, there is no reason why you can’t be among them.
    • Under the Federal Skilled Trades Program, one is able to obtain Permanent Residency in Canada. The objective of the FTSC is to meet the demands of the booming Canadian workforce and there is a specific list of trades which qualify to fulfill those needs.
    • However, the FTSC has strict criteria set by the Canadian government (Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada) that must be met in order to qualify. Meaning, that not retaining the aid of an immigration professional may very well lead to a rejected application due to numerous details that can be potentially overlooked.

    Who is the Federal Skilled Trades Program For?

    • Individuals who possess a job offer or have a certification to work in an occupation on the list under the Federal Skilled Trades Program are able to immigrate to Canada on a permanent basis and obtain permanent residency status in Canada. Potential applicants under the stream can immigrate either with or without a job offer. The FTSC has specific requirements for educational requirements, job offers and work experience.

    All Economic Class programs are designed to bring immigrants to Canada who can establish themselves economically in the country.

    The Federal Skilled Trade Class is part of the Economic Class and this is managed by the Express Entry program. Approximate processing times are currently 6 months once an Invitation to Apply (ITA) is received.

    To be eligible to apply, you must meet the program requirements.

    Federal Skilled Trades Class requirements:

    • Have offers of employment from up to two employers in Canada of at least one year duration (accompanied by an LMIA) OR a Certificate of Qualification from a provincial or territorial body
    • Meets the minimum language scoreof CLB ۵ for speaking and listening, CLB 4 for reading and writing.
    • Have obtained 24 months of qualified work experience in the skilled trade in the last five years
    • Be qualified to meet the requirements of the job offer(s) or trade in Canada, as defined by the NOC.

    These NOC B level occupations will be eligible for this program:

    This amounts to a total of 90 eligible occupations. These eligible occupations fall into the following general categories:
    • Industrial, electrical and construction trades
    • Maintenance and equipment operation trades
    • Supervisors and technical occupations in national resources, agriculture and related production
    • Processing, manufacturing and utilities supervisors and central control operators
    • Chefs and cooks
    • Butchers and bakers

    Certification or Offer of Employment

    Trade certification in Canada falls under provincial jurisdiction. Each province outlines which professions will be regulated and establishes regulatory bodies where applicable. Provincial certification is often difficult to obtain from outside Canada and accordingly this program will be most beneficial to trades people who obtain an approved offer of employment from a recognized employer, or who are already working in Canada as temporary foreign workers. Not all trades are regulated in all of the provinces. Where a trade is not regulated, an offer of employment becomes mandatory.

    Trades people who obtain an approved offer of employment for one year or more in their trade from a Canadian employer are also eligible to apply. The offer of employment will be evaluated to ensure that it is an eligible trade and that the hiring will have a neutral effect on the Canadian Labour Market.

    Final Criteria before getting Permanent Residence:

    Once selected from the Express entry Pool and awarded with an Invitation to Apply (ITA), candidates and their dependants must also undergo medical examinations and obtain security clearances as part of the Canadian immigration application process.

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    Federal Skilled Worker

    All Economic Class programs are designed to bring immigrants to Canada who can establish themselves economically in the country.

    The Federal Skilled Worker program is part of the Economic Class and this is managed by the Express Entry program. Approximate processing times are currently 6 months once an Invitation to Apply (ITA) is received.

    To be eligible to apply, you must meet the program requirements.

    Federal Skilled Worker program requirements:

    • Have professional work experience of at least one continuous year of full-time paid work experience or the equivalent in part-time continuous employment listed in the National Occupational Classification (O, A or B) in the last 10 years. ORQualify for Arranged Employment In Canada with a full-time, permanent job offer from a Canadian employer along with a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) or without an LMIA if you are exempt.
    • A Canadian diploma, certificate, or credential  AND/OR a foreign educational credential, and an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) by an agency approved by IRCC to show it is equal to a completed Canadian secondary or post-secondary educational credential.
    • Meet the minimum language scoreof CLB ۷ on the Canadian Language Benchmark, or equivalent.
    • Have settlement funds to support yourself and your family for six months after arrival in Canada.
    Selection Factor Scoring  and Criteria
    FactorMax PointsCriteria determination
    Education25 PointsYears of study and diploma or degree obtained
    Language28 PointsLevel of English of French (IELTS or TEF)
    Experience15 PointsYears of professional work experience
    Age12 PointsAge of the principal applicant
    Arranged employment10 PointsHaving a valid job offer
    Adaptability10 PointsPoints for several facots that could help the applicat adapt to canadian life

    Final Criteria before getting Permanent Residence:

    Once selected from the Express entry Pool and awarded with an Invitation to Apply (ITA), candidates and their dependants must also undergo medical examinations and obtain security clearances as part of the Canadian immigration application process.

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    Provincial Nominee Program

    PNP programs are another option to immigrate to Canada if you do not have enough points to be selected under Express Entry or not eligible for any other immigration category

    The Provincial Nominee Programs (PNP) allow Canadian provinces and territories to nominate individuals who wish to immigrate to Canada and who are interested in settling in a particular province.

    Each Canadian province (except Quebec, which has a different selection system) and two territories have their own unique Provincial Nominee Programs. Participating provinces and territories sign agreements with IRCC that allow them to select immigrants who meet the requirements that they have set forth.

    Provinces with PNP programs each have their own selection criteria to find immigrants with skills that the province needs which they cannot hire locally. The selection criteria and occupations vary across provinces from information technology, medical, agriculture, trades, business, investors, and people who have ties to Canada.

    How does the program work?

    Candidates must first be entered into the Express Entry System with their CRS score (calculate here), then apply to a PNP program (which is a separate application).  You will remain in the Express Entry pool for a year, or until you are selected to apply for Permanent Residence.

    After the province processes your PNP application (typically 3-4 months), you will be granted 600 points to add to your Express Entry score. With these additional 600 points, you will be selected and invited to apply for PR at the very next draw, which occurs every 2 weeks.

    Benefits of applying under PNP program

    Once a Provincial Nominee Certificate is granted, you receive 600 point that goes towards your00 and 500.  The most recent cutoff scores to be selected for Express Entry have been in the 400 range. Individuals with a PNP Certificate automatically are granted 600 points to add to their Express Entry core of 300-500 points. The PNP certificate would give a final Express Entry score above 900 which is significantly higher than the current cutoff selection score of around 400-500 points.

    Available PNP Programs

    Manitoba PNP

    If you have a close relative living in the Manitoba province, you may be eligible to apply to this PNP program for having a “connection to Manitoba”. We will need to assess you to determine if you are a strong candidate, as this PNP has their own scoring and selection system similar to Express Entry. Currently, you would need a score above 530 to be a strong candidate.

    New Brunswick PNP

    If you have a close relative living in New Brunswick province, you may be eligible to apply for this PNP.
    If you have a; brother or sister, aunt or uncle, nephew or niece, first cousin, mother or father, grandmother or grandfather living in one of these provinces, you may be eligible to apply for a PNP.

    Occupation based PNP

    Each province in Canada is looking for candidates with skilled job experience to fill labour shortages in their province.  The list of occupations vary from province to province, depending on their needs.  If you are granted a PNP nomination, you most likely will be able to find a job since you are granted a PNP for a job category where their is a shortage of your skill set.

    If you have job experience in one of the categories below and you are interested in applying for Permanent Residence in Canada, please contact us for assistance.  It is not a straightforward process and we can help you get PR under these PNP programs.

    Administrative Assistants

    Administrative assistants

    Aerospace

    Aircraft instrument, electrical and avionics mechanics, technicians and inspectors

    Advertising and Marketing

    Professional occupations in advertising, marketing and public relations

    Agriculture

    Landscape and horticulture technicians and specialists

    Managers in agriculture

    Engineers

    Civil Engineers

    Civil Engineering Technologists and Technicians

    Drafting Technologists and Technicians

    Mechanical Engineers

    Mechanical Engineering Technologists and Technicians

    Finance and Accounting

    Accounting and related clerks

    Financial Auditors and Accountants

    Financial and Investment Analysts

    Financial Sales Representatives

    Other Financial Officers

    Mathematicians, statisticians and actuaries

    Medicine and Health

    Biological technologists and technicians

    Health information management occupations

    Licensed Practical Nurses

    Registered Nurses

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