EXPRESS ENTRY POOL ELIGIBILITY
All candidates who wish to submit their profile into the Express Entry pool must be eligible for at least one of Canada’s federal economic immigration programs.
Candidates in the Express Entry pool are ranked according to the Comprehensive Ranking System which rates eligible candidates in the Express Entry under the following categories:
- Core human capital factors;
- Accompanying spouse or common-law partner factors;
- Skill transferability factors; and
- Factors relating to a provincial nomination or a qualifying offer of arranged employment.
Each time the government of Canada draws from the Express Entry pool, the highest –ranked candidates are issued invitations to apply for Canadian permanent residence. It is therefore in the candidate’s best interest to improve their scores in order to increase their chances of receiving an Invitation to Apply.
Obtain 600 CRS Points OR Invitation to Apply Points
The most favourable single thing that a candidate can do to boost his or her Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score is to obtain a nomination from a Canadian province or a qualifying job offer from a Canadian employer.
Although candidates who do not have a provincial nomination or a qualifying job offer may receive an Invitation to Apply, the extra 600 points rewarded to candidates with a qualifying job offer or a provincial nomination greatly increases those candidates’ chances of receiving an Invitation to Apply for permanent residence, at a subsequent draw from the Express Entry pool.
Provincial Nominee Programs: A Fast-Track to Permanent Residence through Express Entry
Geographically and politically, Canada is divided into 10 provinces and territories. The federal government and the provinces and territories share the authority over the selection of immigrants. With the exception of Quebec and the territory of Nunavut, all other provinces and territories can nominate candidates who wish to immigrate to Canada and who are interested in settling in that specific province. These are the Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs).
Provincial and territorial governments have been using this system to select new permanent residents into Canada. Each PNP is tailored to the province or territory’s needs with the aim of selecting candidates who will be able to thrive in and contribute to the province socially and economically.
Most PNPs contain a stream aligned with the federal Express Entry immigration selection system. Candidates who receive a provincial nomination will be awarded 600 points out of the possible 1,200 under the Comprehensive Ranking System. When the additional 600 points are added to the candidates’ human and skills transferability points, then they are likely to receive an Invitation to Apply when the next draw from the Express Entry pool occurs.
Learn more about specific PNPs that contain enhanced Express Entry streams:
- British Columbia PNP (BC PNP)
- Manitoba PNP (MPNP)
- New Brunswick PNP (NBPNP)
- Newfoundland and Labrador PNP (NLPNP)
- Northwest Territories Nominee Program (NTNP)
- Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP)
- Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP)
- Prince Edward Island PNP (PEI PNP)
- Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP)
- Yukon Nominee Program (YNP)
Currently, the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) does not contain any enhanced Express Entry streams.
A Qualifying Job Offer from a Canadian Employer
One of the aims of the Express Entry system is to select immigrants who will be able to economically thrive in Canada. As such the system strives to select candidates that are likely to find jobs in Canada. It is advisable that you start looking for employment as soon as possible.
Acquiring an arranged employment under the Comprehensive Ranking System will enable a candidate to be awarded 100 points. The arranged job offer has to be obtained from a Canadian employer with a positive Labour Market Impact Assessment. When these additional 100 points are added to the candidate’s human capital and skills transferability points, he or she is very likely to be in a better position to receive an Invitation to Apply for permanent residence in the next round of draw from the Express Entry pool depending on his or her scores in other ranking categories.
Acquiring a qualifying employment may seem like a difficult task for candidates outside; however, with the right tools and resources, they will be able to properly promote themselves to employers in their industries in Canada.
Candidates may contact us for our resume template to guide them in preparing a Canadian module resume.
Improving Core Human Capital Factors
The Comprehensive Ranking System accords 600 points to human capital factors and skills transferability which considers factors such as a candidate’s age, education, work experience and language proficiency.
A candidate can have his or her CRS scores increased by improving certain human capital factors such as:
- Completing an educational degree, diploma or certificate
- Having the spouse or common-law partner of the principal applicant complete an educational degree, diploma, or certificate
- Improving ability in English and/or French and taking (or re-taking) a standardized language test recognized by the government of Canada
- Having the spouse or common-law partner of the principal applicant improve ability in English and/or -French and having him or her take (or re-take) a standardized language test recognized by the government of Canada
- Gaining additional work experience
- Having the spouse or common-law partner of the principal applicant gain additional work experience
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