Skilled immigrants are chosen as permanent residents based on their ability to settle in Canada and take part in our economy. We assess them on their:
As of January 2015, there is a new system to manage how people with skilled work experience apply to immigrate to Canada. It is called Express Entry.
Under Express Entry, people will first fill out an online profile that includes their language test scores, their Educational Credential Assessment (if they need one) and outlines their work experience. There is no cost to complete and submit an Express Entry profile.
Based on their profiles, candidates will be ranked against others in a pool. On a regular basis, CIC will issue invite top candidates from the pool to apply for permanent residence. Only those who get an Invitation to Apply from CIC will be able to apply.
Under this new system, most complete applications will be processed in six months or less.
Skilled immigrants are chosen as permanent residents based on their ability to prosper in Canada.
As of January 2015, we have a new system to manage how people with skilled work experience apply to immigrate to Canada. It is called Express Entry.
Express Entry covers three of our key economic immigration programs:
If you are eligible to immigrate under one of the above federal immigration programs:
Through Express Entry, provinces and territories will also be able to nominate candidates in the Express Entry pool under their Provincial Nominee Program where applicable.
To be eligible for Express Entry, you must:
You must show that you meet the minimum language requirements for the category you are eligible under and provide your language test results from an agency designated by CIC in your Express Entry profile.
Your language test results must be less than two years old on the day we get your complete application for permanent residence.
According to the Canadian National Occupational Classification (NOC), skilled work experience means:
You must have at least 12 months of full-time, or an equal amount in part-time, skilled work experience. Full-time work means at least 30 hours of paid work per week.