On January 1st, 2015, Citizenship and Immigration Canada introduced a new form of express processing for Federal Skilled Worker Program, Federal Skilled Trades Program, and Canadian Experience Class program, with a one-year turn around time for all applications.
Our Ottawa immigration lawyers at Gerami Law PC have fully familiarized itself with the various elements of this program in order to assist clients to apply for this new permanent residency category.
The program will be based on a Comprehensive Points System (CPS) that will rank candidates. The candidates with the highest scores will be selected for a pool, and then a number of them will be drawn from that pool and invited to make an Application for Permanent Residency (APR) within 60 days.
Applicants who do not receive an APR within 12 months of creating their application could choose to re-apply for the program. If they choose not to re-apply their applications will be removed from the database.
STEP 1: CANDIDATES WILL CREATE AN ONLINE PROFILE
Their applications will be ranked based on:
- Work experience
- Language ability
- Education, etc.
Applicants without a Labour Market Impact Assessment approved job will be requested to register on jobs.gc.ca, where employers with LMIA approved positions will advertise their employment needs.
Applicants currently in an LMIA approved position in Canada can request their employer to connect with them through the government website.
Up to half the available points will be granted for having an LMIA approved position or being nominated through a PNP.
STEP 2: THE HIGHEST RANKING CANDIDATES WILL BE INVITED TO APPLY FOR PERMANENT RESIDENCE
As soon as a candidate is invited to apply, they will have 60 days to submit an online application for permanent residency.
However, Quebec has a separate processing system for applications and the Express entry system will not affect its processes for immigration.