When applicants think of Canada Express Entry, these are some of the frequently asked questions that occur in their mind.
What is Express Entry?
It is an unprecedented act of the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) introduced in the first week of 2015. The system is introduced to select applicants with the ability to integrate into the country’s lifestyle and culture. It has redefined the entire Canada immigration process.
It is basically an electronic programme, even as applicants are required to create an online profile and answer some questions along with a statement as to why they wish to live and work in the nation. Those who meet the eligibility criteria for any of the federal economic programmes will be placed in Express Entry Pool and will be assessed on the basis of Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). Those candidates, who score the highest points, will be issued an Invitation to Apply (ITA) and will have maximum 60 days to claim Permanent Residency (PR).
Does the system provide Express service?
The IRCC assures the processing of the application will not take more than six months from the date the application is submitted. It is the fastest immigration system ever introduced in the history of Canada immigration.
What is Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS)?
It is a tool use to assess applicants on the basis of their skills, experience, language, education and other factors that are required to settle in the country.
Does the Express Entry amend the requirements for federal economic programmes?
No, the requirements will remain unchanged.
What is Invitation to Apply (ITA) and does each applicant get it?
The IRCC will issue an Invitation to Apply (ITA) only to the highest scorer. Successful applicants will get sixty days to claim Canadian PR.
What if, if an applicant does not receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA)?
The profile of the applicant will remain in Express Entry Pool for a period of one year or until the applicant does not receive an ITA whichever comes the first.
Does the candidate have to pay a fee to create online profile?
No the applicants are not required to pay any fee online profile is created at zero cost.
Is there a cap?
No, the system is cap-free which means any number of applicants may enter the express entry pool.
When does a profile of the applicant expire?
The profile of the candidate expires in one year from the date they submit their application.
Is its mandatory to have a prior job offer or a state/territorial nomination?
No, it is not mandatory! However, it’s an added advantage. Applicants with a prior job offer or state/territorial nomination are likely to earn 600 points extra.
Can every one apply irrespective of the nature of their job?
No, you must check the occupation list and should be a practicing professional in one of the 350 occupations.
Is the language proficiency test mandatory?
Yes, in order to prove your language proficiency it is mandatory to submit a language score!
What is the experience required?
Candidates must possess at least one year of experience in a related filed.
For in-depth information on the Express Entry and what are the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), applicants would do well to consult an immigration consultant or visit the official website of the IRCC.