Express Entry: Potential Candidates

Canada Immigration Service

Express Entry is a system Canada uses to process Federal Immigration applications from Economic Class Immigrants. To implement Express Entry, the Canadian government  has been running an algorithm every one or two weeks to decide on which applicants to invite. To rank candidates and decide who will  receive an ITA, (Invitation to Apply) the Canadian Immigration Department uses a scoring method known as the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). Each time it is run, the computer algorithm will select candidates with the highest CRS score to receive the coveted ITA. Once candidates have been invited, they have 90 days to supply additional information required by the government, and to supply all necessary documents.

To qualify under the Express Entry process and enter the pool of applicants, applicants must first meet the criteria for one of the older programs: the  Federal Skilled Worker, Federal Skilled Trades Class, or Canadian Experience Class programs.   All applicants must also provide the results of language testing (tests of English and/or French) from test vendors approved by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC), and applicants also need to have their qualifications assessed before they can enter the Express Entry pool.

Registration with the Canada Job Bank is no longer required in order to qualify for Express Entry, however there is an advantage to being selected by an employer with a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA), or one who can secure a Provincial nomination for you. Those candidates who are successful in obtaining a Provincial Nomination receive an extra 600 points, which means they will almost certainly receive an Invitation to Apply. Most  candidates with a job offer and an LMIA receive an extra 50 points only, however this may be sufficient to be selected when the algorithm is run. In the case of applicants whose job offer is in a Senior Management Category (National Occupation Classification code starting with 00) an additional 200 points are awarded for an LMIA, or to certain forign nationald who do nolt require an LMIA to obtain a work permit. . Points under the Comprehensive Ranking System are also awarded for one year of skilled work in Canada.