The Federal Government of Canada has announced their 2017 Canadian immigration levels plan. In 2017, the Government plans to accept 300,000 Canadian permanent residents, the majority of which will be selected from economic immigration programs. Citizenship and Immigration Canada is aiming to approve 172,500 applicants and accompanying family members under economic class immigration programs such as Canada Express Entry, Quebec Skilled Worker, and the various Canadian Provincial Nominee Programs. (Source: http://www.canadaexpressentry.org)
The Express Entry Process
Determine your eligibility
Candidates eligible to immigrate to Canada under a federal economic immigration program may enter the Express Entry pool. Consequently, the first step to be taken should be to determine your eligibility for one of these programs.
Find out if you are eligible
If you are eligible, you can move on to the next step in the process.
If you are not currently eligible, you may strive to become eligible by improving your core human capital factors in areas such as your skills, work experience, language ability, and education credentials. Becoming eligible for one of the federal economic immigration programs is the first step toward immigrating to Canada through Express Entry.
Complete an online Express Entry profile
Candidates for Canadian permanent residence who are eligible for one of the federal economic immigration programs make an expression of interest in immigrating to Canada by creating an online profile. They provide information about their skills, work experience, language ability, education, and other personal information.
Candidates who meet the criteria of one of the aforementioned federal economic immigration programs are placed in a pool of candidates who are ranked according to a Comprehensive Ranking System. If a candidate does not already have a valid job offer from a Canadian employer or a provincial nomination, he or she must register with Canada’s Job Bank.
It is important that the information provided is accurate, as providing false information could disqualify an applicant from re-entering the pool for a number of years.
Improve your profile and ranking
Candidates in the Express Entry pool are ranked according to the Comprehensive Ranking System, which ranks candidates under the following components:
- core human capital factors;
- accompanying spouse or common-law partner factors, if applicable;
- skill transferability factors; and
- factors relating to a provincial nomination or a qualifying offer of arranged employment.
There are a total of 1,200 points available under the Comprehensive Ranking System.
The government of Canada selects candidates from the Express Entry pool according to their ranking. Accordingly, it is in a candidate’s best interests to strive to improve his or her ranking in order to maximize his or her chances of receiving an Invitation to Apply for permanent residence.
Receive an Invitation to Apply and submit your application for permanent residence
The government of Canada and provincial Governments, as well as Canadian employers, are able to select new immigrants from the Express Entry pool.
The highest-ranked candidates (i.e. candidates considered to have the best chances for economic success in Canada), and those with valid job offers or provincial nominations, are then invited to apply for Canadian permanent residence. From this point, candidates have 90 days to submit an electronic application for permanent residence. IRCC aims to process applications within six months of the date of submission.
Candidates must ensure that they complete all necessary forms and submit all supporting documents within this timeframe. On completion of the process, successful candidates and their dependents (spouse and children) will land in Canada as permanent residents.
Candidates in the Express Entry pool who do not receive an Invitation to Apply for permanent residence in Canada after 12 months may resubmit their profile and re-enter the pool if they still meet the criteria of at least one of the economic immigration programs.
You need to pay charges for arranging essential documents to apply, as well as the fee for visa application.
Below are the key charges applicable:
* The PR visa fee for primary applicant at now is CAD $550 (primary applicant).
* Right of PR fee- CAD $490
* Spouse/common law partner or family member fee- CAD $550