Express entry is a system of selection for Canadian immigration which enables skilled workers to migrate to Canada.
Express Entry is an electronic process which involves the federal government, provincial governments, and Canadian employers. To best serve the needs of candidates like you, choose if you are a potential candidate wanting to migrate to Canada or a Canadian employer interested in hiring skilled workers.
- Enables you to migrate quickly to Canada
- Connects you to employers
- Reduce the manual process
- Allows you to select skilled international candidates
- Gets your employees to Canada quickly
- provides you a key role in Canadian immigration
- Federal Skilled Worker Class
- Federal Skilled Trades Class
- Canadian Experience Class
Being Self-employed and gaining work experience whiles a full-time student (for example, on a co-op work term) does not count under this program. Note: The use Express Entry does not apply in the province of Quebec. They make their selection of skilled workers.
Skilled work experience
For consideration of a Canadian Experience Class, it is required that you have Canadian skilled work experience within three years of applying. Canadian National Occupational Classification (NOC), explains that skilled work experience means:
- Jobs related to managerial level(NOC skill level 0)
- Professional jobs (NOC skill type A)
- Jobs with regards to technical and skilled trades (NOC skill type B)
You must prove that you performed duties outlined in the lead statement of the occupational description in the NOC, including vital and most of the main duties listed.
If you unable to prove that your experience meets the description in the NOC, you application will not be accepted.
You may be eligible for a bridging open work permit, If your existing work permit is about to expire. With this permit you can continue working while you wait for a final decision to be taken on your permanent residence application.
- minimum language level of Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 7 for NOC 0 or A jobs OR Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 5 for NOC B jobs must be met, and also
- language test recognised and approved by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) must be met with regards to level for speaking, listening, reading and writing.
A common-law partner describes a person who has lived with you in a conjugal relationship for at least one year. Common-law partner makes reference to both opposite-sex and same-sex couples.
Find out among yourselves who is most likely eligible. and then depending on who it is, he/she should apply as the principal applicant.
- You must be admissible (that is you must be allowed or permitted entry )to Canada.
The Federal Skilled Trades Program is for people wanting to permanent residents based on being qualified in a skilled trade.
- plan to live outside the province of Quebec (Note: The province of Quebec selects its own skilled workers. If you plan on living in Quebec, see Quebec-selected skilled workers for more information),
- meet the required levels in English or French for each language ability (speaking, reading, writing and listening),
- have at least two years of full-time work experience (or an equal amount of part-time work experience) in a skilled trade within the five years before you apply,
- meet the job requirements for that skilled trade as set out in the National Occupational Classification (NOC), except for needing a certificate of qualification, and
- have an offer of full-time employment for a total period of at least one year or a certificate of qualification in that skilled trade issued by a Canadian provincial or territorial authority.
- Must meet 67 points on the assessment grid to qualify
Eligibility of Skilled Trades for Federal Skilled Trades Program are organized under these major and minor groups of the NOC: and they are listed as follows
- industrial, electrical and construction trade – Major Group 72,
- maintenance and equipment operation trades- Major Group 73
- supervisors and technical jobs in natural resources, agriculture and related production- Major Group 82
- processing, manufacturing and utilities supervisors and central control operators, Major Group 92
- chefs and cooks, and Minor Group 632
- butchers and bakers Minor Group 633.
These major NOC groups listed above are further broken into subdivisions of different occupations. (All are NOC skill type B.)
You must prove that you performed the duties set out in the lead statement of the occupational description in the NOC, which includes important and most duties listed.
If you are not able to prove or show that your experience meets the description in the NOC, your application will be rejected.
Federal Skilled Trades Program does not have any requisite with regards to Education requirement. However, under Express Entry, to earn points for your education, you either need:
- a Canadian post-secondary certificate, diploma or degree
- OR an alternative
- foreign credential completion and
- an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) report from an agency approved by CIC. [The report must prove that your foreign education is equivalent to a Canadian secondary (high school) or post-secondary completed certificate, diploma or degree.]
Note: you will be a beneficiary of an ECA if your foreign education is equivalent to a completed Canadian high school diploma or greater.
If you are married or live with a common-law partner who also meets the stated conditions described above, you can make a decision as to who will apply as the principal applicant under the Express Entry.
If one of you is mostly found to be eligible, then that person should apply as the principal applicant.
Be assessed by the province or territory
For you to be assessed you will likely have to go to the province or territory. Also you may require an training and experience from an employer in Canada.
Visit the website of the body governing trades of the province/territory you intend to live and work. Each process is per where you wish to go.