All about the Express Entry Pool

Talking about the Express Entry System, it's a completely electronic process of immigration to Canada, involving the federal and provincial government along with Canadian employers. Here we need to clarify that the Express Entry is not a program, but a system used by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to select applicants according to the three main immigration programs given below:

However, the Provincial Nominee Program is also affiliated to the Express Entry System to a specific extent.

The eligible candidates willing to immigrate to Canada can register themselves in the Express Entry Pool under a federal economic immigration program. The system is primarily designed to facilitate the express (quick) immigration of skilled and qualified workers to Canada who can groom the country economically and make it more meaningful with their skills and abilities. That's why it's known as the Express Entry System.

To immigrate successfully through the specific programs of the Express Entry System; one must meet the eligibility criteria based on your age, educational background, work experience, the language proficiency and some other factors such as proof of funds. Once the applicant registers himself in the Express Entry Pool with all accurate documentation; he gains scores according to the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS), a standard point-based system. Selected candidates receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA). The highest score in the CRS is 1200, consisting of 600 in the main and 600 as extra points. According to the latest Express Entry draw of November, around 3,600 candidates will be issued with the ITA and the latest cut-off of CRS is 471 dropping 1 point from the previous cut-off i.e. 472. In the October 30th draw, the CRS hit the peak of 475 points. But, now since the cut-off has dropped, there is an opportunity for all active EE profile to get the Invitation to Apply. However, there is a tough competition as well.

So if you're also swimming in the same Express Entry Pool, keep gazing the numbers and feel optimistic for your immigration to Canada. All the best!

The Federal Skilled Worker Program: The Prime Immigration Pathway to Canada

Talking about the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) of Canada, it's one of the finest programs through which people can get higher chances of immigrating to Canada. It's the program specifically designed for skilled foreign workers who want to live and work in Canada as its permanent residents.

The process of applying through FSWP is extremely easy. You just need to create your profile in the Express Entry System. If you are eligible for the program and meet all the requirements, you score well according to the Express Entry's Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS); with a maximum probability of immigrating to Canada with your loved ones.

The Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) periodically selects profiles from the Express Entry Pool (EEP) and issues them the Invitation to Apply (ITA) according to the CRS scoring.

The Eligibility Criteria for the Federal Skilled Worker Program -

  1. At least one year of full-time or equivalent paid work experience in the past 10 years
  2. The occupation should lie in the skill levels 0, A or B under the National Occupational Classification (NOC).
  3. Proficient in English or French with accepted scores in IELTS
  4. An Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) report from an authorized entity, equivalent to the complete certificate, diploma or degree of a Canadian institutions.
  5. Evidence of a medical check-up
  6. Security Clearance

Scoring Factors for the Federal Skilled Workers Program

Based on the eligibility factors, candidates gain points on a scale of 100 where the minimum score is equal or more than 67. Highest points for respective factors are mentioned here accordingly.

The candidates who score well on the scale of 100, can register themselves in the Express Entry Pool where their profiles are scored according to the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) on a scale of 1200. You always have chances to improve your scoring by improving your language skills as it may give a good hype to your profile.

The Quebec Skilled Worker Immigration

Skilled and qualified workers willing to apply for the immigration process under the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) must intend to live outside the province of Quebec since Quebec has its own immigration program which is not associated with the Federal Government of Canada. Hence, if you're really interested to become the permanent resident of Quebec, you need to apply for the Quebec Selection Certificate under the Quebec Skilled Worker Program (QSWP).

Provincial Nominee Program: All you need to know

Looking for better jobs and career opportunities in Canadian provinces and territories? Well, here are all your answers - the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP). A unique provincial program that allows the provinces and territories of Canada to nominate skilled and qualified individuals through an easier and smarter wayand help the respective provinces in grooming their economical status.

Now, no more struggling in the Express Entry Pool if you have a job offer from any of the Canadian provinces and territories (except Quebec). All the applicants who are nominated through the Provincial Nominee Program get the CRS hype with 600 points and increase the chances of immigrating to their dream destination, Canada. So, let's get into the core of the program and understand how it works and benefits us in our immigration process.

How does the Provincial Nominee Program Work?

Each Canadian province and territory has its own unique program in a specific stream which is aligned with the Express Entry Selection System. Under this program, skilled individuals are selected and get an extra bunch of 600 points in the Comprehensive Ranking System and thus gets higher ranking.

There are more than 80 provincial streams and it's really tough to choose which one is the best through which one can easily get the ITA by the federal government of Canada. Here are the prime provincial nominee programs with which, provinces and territories hire skilled and qualified workers. Let's have a look-

  1. Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP)
  2. British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP)
  3. Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP)
  4. New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program (NBPNP)
  5. Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Nominee Program (NLPNP)
  6. Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP)
  7. Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP)
  8. Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP)
  9. Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP)
  10. Northwest Territories Nominee Program (NTNP)
  11. Yukon Nominee Program (YNP)

How to apply for Permanent Residency with PNP

With an easier and more accessible process, the Canadian provincial nominee programs are attracting millions of qualified and skilled individuals to immigrate to their provinces for specific streams. People, with better job offers, are finding these programs beneficial.

The important to notice is that a PNP nominee has to submit a separate application for Permanent Residency to IRCC apart from its provincial nominee certificate either issued through the Express Entry System or by any means. They have to register themselves in the Express Entry Pool and show that they have been nominated by a province under its Provincial Nominee Program.

At present, Nunavut, the northern Canadian territory doesn't hold any provincial nominee program and Quebec doesn't participate in the Provincial nominee programs of the federal government. The latter one is establishing its own selection criteria which will soon come into action.