Canada has again opened the doors for Skilled Professionals by launching the Express Entry system to manage the applications for Permanent Residency. The process is quite simpler and applications will be processed at a faster pace. Good news is that most of the occupations are covered and it is open to all working Professionals. Professions listed under NOC (National Occupation Classification) O, A & B can apply under the new system. CIC (Citizenship and Immigration Canada) has announced that there will be no capping on the no. of applications to be accepted.

It is a selection based process where applicants will be selected on merit basis different factors like Age, Education, Experience, English Language Ability (IELTS) etc. Once selected, applicants will be issued an ITA (Invitation to apply) for filing the case for Permanent Residency. CIC will process the visa in maximum of 6 months

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Following is the step wise process under the new program:

Step 1: ECA (Education Credentials Assessment)

Step 2: Express Entry profile would be created online identifying the skills and qualifications of the applicant in an online resume.

Step 3- Register in the Canada Job Bank site to increase the chances of getting selected by obtaining a Job offer

Step 4- Upon selection, the applicant will be issued an ITA (Invitation to Apply) basis which case need to be filed for Permanent Residency with CIC within 60 days of the issuance.

1. Age: Up to 12 points are awarded under the Age Factor on the following basis:

Age of Applicant Points (12 Max)
18 to 35 Years 12 Points
36 Years 11 Points
37 Years 10 Points
38 Years 9 Points
39 Years 8 Points
40 Years 7 Points
41 Years 6 Points
42 Years 5 Points
43 Years 4 Points
44 Years 3 Points
45 Years 2 Points
46 Years 1 Points
47 and over 0 Points

2. Education: Up to 25 points are awarded under the Education Factor on the following basis:

Level of Education Points (25 max)
Doctoral level 25 Points
Master`s level or professional degree 23 Points
Two or more post-secondary credentials, one of which is a three-year or longer post-secondary credential 22 Points
Three-year or longer post-secondary credential 21 Points
Two-year post-secondary credential 19 Points
One-year post-secondary credential 15 Points

3. Experience: Up to 15 points are awarded under the Experience Factor based upon the number of years:

Work Experience Points (15 max)
1 year (Minimum threshold) 9 Points
2-3 years 11 Points
4-5 years 13 Points
6 years or more 15 Points

4. Language Skills :
Up to 24 points are awarded for competency in a first language (English), and 4 are awarded for a second language (French). An individual who intends to apply for Canada Federal Skilled Worker Quota should be proficient in reading, writing, speaking and listening Canadian Language Benchmark 7 or in short, CLB 7 level for English language or Niveau de competence linguist Que Canadien 7 or NCLC 7 level in French language. If an individual can secure either of these two, he or she is eligible for Canada Federal Skilled Worker.

5. Adaptability : Points are awarded on the Adaptability Factor on the basis of factors.

Adaptability Points (10 max)
PA previous work in Canada (min 1 year NOC 0,A,B) 10 Points
Previous study in Canada 5 Points
Previous study in Canada – accompanying spouse/partner 5 Points
Previous work in Canada – accompanying spouse/partner 5 Points
Arranged employment in Canada 5 Points
Relative in Canada – 18 years or older 5 Points
Language ability CLB 4 or above – accompanying spouse/partner (IELTS 4.0/4.5/3.5/4.0) 5 Points