Permanent Residence Applications

On January 1, 2015, Citizenship and Canada rolled out their new Express Entry program for skilled workers. The new program promises to be more efficient promising permanent residency within 6 months of applying and allows eligible applicants to enter a profile and wait to be picked for an Invitation to Apply (ITA).

Here is a break-down of the program in laymen’s terms:

Can I apply for Express Entry?

Yes, if you meet the eligibility in one of these programs:

  • Canadian Experience Class – you must have had one year work experience in Canada in a skilled job (NOC 0, A, or B) and you must have passed an English exam (IELTS, CELPIP OR TEF) with a score of at least CLB 7 in NOC 0 or A, or at least CLB 5 in NOC B.
  • Federal Skilled Trades Program – you must be have 2 years of work experience in the last five years in an approved trades by CIC, and either have a Red Seal or Qualification Certificate in Canada, or a one year job offer from a Canadian employer with approved Labour Market Impact Assessment, and pass the English or French exam score.
  • Federal Skilled Worker Program – you must have at least 1 year worked experience in NOC 0, A, B in the last ten years, it must be continuous work experience (no breaks), you must pass the English test with a score of at least 7 CLB, and do a self-assessment to see if you meet 67 of the 100 points.

I am eligible and would like to apply. How can you help me?

If you feel you may qualify for any of these programs, you may enter an Express Entry profile. Please email us for an assessment to help you determine if you are eligible for an Express Entry Profile.

What happens after I enter an Express Entry profile?

You will be given a score on the points you are given. Of the 1200 possible points you may obtain, 600 of those points will be for your English scores, age, work experience, educational documents (from Canada or assessed by an approved institution), and a series of other factors.

The other 600 points you may obtain is key. You will get an extra 600 points if you are currently working on a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA), or if you have received a provincial nomination by one of the provinces.
This is why it is ESSENTIAL to try to find a Canadian employer who is able to support your Express Entry application by giving you an LMIA.

Am I guaranteed an Invitation to Apply (ITA) once I have been able to enter an Express Entry profile?

There are no guarantees. Because you will get 600 points for having the LMIA or provincial nomination, this may put you ahead of those without an LMIA or provincial nomination. The higher you score, the better chances you have of being invited to apply for permanent residency.

How do I get a provincial nomination?

You can visit each province’s website to see what their eligibility criteria is for Express Entry nomination. As this is a new program, some provinces may have not launched their Express Entry criteria so keep checking back with them.