Express entry is a new electronic system launched by CIC for permanent citizenship in Canada that will effect from 1 January 2015.
Express Entry will manage applications for permanent residence under these federal economic immigration programs:
Federal Skilled Worker Program
Federal Skilled Trades Program and
Canadian Experience Class
Provinces and territories will also be able to recruit candidates from the Express Entry system through their Provincial Nominee Programs to meet local labour market needs.
How it works:
Express Entry works in two steps.
Firstly, prospective immigrants will indicate their interest in coming to Canada by providing information electronically about their skills, work experience, and other biographical information through registering in job bank by creating a job seeker account.
Secondly, CIC will invite the best candidates, including those with in-demand skills or with job offers, to submit an electronic application for permanent residence.
The method of choosing the best candidate and give them an Invitation To Apply (ITA) is the comprehensive ranking system. Only the highest-ranked candidates or those with valid job offers or provincial/territorial nominations, will be invited to apply for permanent residence
The potential candidates must have the following abilities to register in the job bank-
One year of working experience (should fall under the NOC category 0, A or B)
Completion of IELTS (Minimum 6 points or CLB level 7 in each band)
Completion of ECA (Educational Credential Assessment).
Job Bank system
The job seeker account will be valid for one year from the day of creating it. After completion of one year the candidate can remake their job seeker account. No government fee is required to create an account in the job bank.
Candidates who will create a job seeker account between January 1 and 25 will need to return to their job seeker account after January 26 to create their profile. After January 26, candidates will be able to create their job account.
After registering job bank will match between eligible candidates and the employers in Canada if the employer’s job has been advertised to Canadians for one month or longer.
Invitation To Apply (ITA):
After registering in the job bank the next step is to get an ITA. But registering in the bank does not guarantee all the candidates about their ITA. After getting an ITA the candidate will have 60 days for applying and submitting documents. Within the time frame if the candidate denies the ITA then his job seeker account will be valid for the rest of the time of one year but if he/she doesn’t response then the account will automatically become invalid.
Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS):
The total number of points that may be assigned under the Comprehensive Ranking System is 1200 points, allocated as follows:
i.a maximum of 500 points for the core human capital factors,
ii.a maximum of 100 points for skill transferability factors, and
iii.a maximum of 600 points for either a provincial nomination or a qualifying offer of arranged employment; and
(2) Who has an accompanying spouse or common-law partner-
i. a maximum of 460 points for the core human capital factors,
ii. a maximum of 40 points for accompanying spouse or common-law partner factors,
iii. a maximum of 100 points for skill transferability factors, and
iv. a maximum of 600 points for either a provincial nomination or a qualifying offer of arranged employment.