Every years Canada welcomes 1000s of skilled workers into the country, if you have will and skills to contribute towards Canadian Economy, Your Canadian Dream could be just a call away.
Express Entry is among the popular options to immigrate to Canada. This program makes the process easier and faster. There are multiple streams under express entry i.e. Federal Skilled Worker (FSW), Canadian Experience Class (CEC), Federal Skilled Trades (FST), Provincial Nominee Programs (PNP). Express Entry has been popular every since its inception in January 2015. Express Entry is a point-based system and has multiple programs under which a person can apply. Once the eligibility criteria is met, the person enters the Express Entry pool where Federal and/or Provincial Government or an Employer is able to select candidate and invite them to apply for Permanent Resident in Canada. Candidate applying for Express Entry can expect to get a PR within 6 months*.
Since Express Entry is a point based system, first you need to have enough points to qualify for Express Entry Pool and then you have CRS score, where you actually get an invitation to apply for PR.
- One can get up to 600 core points based on Skills & Work Experience, Education, Age, Marital Status, Language, Adaptability etc.
- Any one with a job offer could get additional 200 or 50 points (based on job role + positive LMIA).
- Accepting an invitation from a Province could also give a candidate additional 600 points.
FSW is the easiest, most affordable and the fastest way to immigrate and settle in Canada. While the point based program has been there for a long time, it underwent numerous changes and then became Canada’s Express Entry system the way we know it now. The program is very popular among the skilled workers across the globe.
In order to qualify for Express Entry Federal Skilled Worker Program, here is what you need.
- Minimum experience of one year (1,560 hours total / 30 hours per week), continuous full-time or an equal amount in part-time work experience,
- Can only be paid work (volunteer work and unpaid internships do not count),
- Should be in the same job profile for at least one year,
- Within the last 10 years, and
- Should be skill type 0, or skill levels A or B of the 2011 National Occupational Classification (NOC).
Keep in mind the requirements are ever changing, what is acceptable today might not be tomorrow, so it is always better to keep yourself updated or work with a Registered Immigration Consultant who can take care of things for you in the most efficient manner.
The list of selection factors for FSW:
- Language Skills – English and/or French (Canada’s 2 official languages),
- your age,
- your education,
- your work experience,
- valid job offer (if you have one) and
- your adaptability (how well you are likely to settle here).