Express Entry isn't an immigration program itself; it's a point-based selection system designed by Immigration, Refugee, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to choose skilled workers seeking to immigrate to Canada through specific programs:
- Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP)
- Federal Skilled Trade Program (FSTP)
- Canadian Experience Class (CEC)
- A portion of the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP)
The process consists of two essential steps:
- Qualified candidates under FSWP, FSTP, CEC, or PNP express their interest in applying for permanent residence. Profiles are assessed based on factors like age, language proficiency (English and French), education and qualified work experience, both in Canada and abroad, obtaining a valid job offer, having siblings who are Canadian permanent residents or citizens, and securing provincial nomination. Spouses’ knowledge of languages, education, and work experience in Canada are also considered are also considered in this assessment.
- IRCC issues invitations to apply for permanent residency to candidates with the highest scores or those targeted based on their occupations or proficiency in French.