At 12 p.m. Eastern Time on January 1, 2015, thegovernment of Canada launches its much anticipated Express Entry selection system for immigration to Canada. This marks the culmination of years of planning and discussion between the federal government, provincial governments, Canadian employers, immigration advocates, and other interested parties.
Now that the long wait is over, eligible candidates are in a position to create their online profiles and maximize their chances of receiving an invitation to apply for Canadian permanent residence. With Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) having stated that the first invitations to apply will be issued before the end of January, 2015, candidates who act quickly may be in the best position to take advantage and begin their route to Canada.
What is Express Entry?
Designed on similar systems that have already been implemented in Australia and New Zealand, Canada’s Express Entry system is modelled around potential candidates for Canadian immigration making an “expression of interest” in immigrating to Canada. Express Entry will change how Canadian immigration is managed by moving it from a supply-driven system to a demand-driven one.
Express Entry strives to make the immigration process simpler and quicker, with the entire process now being conducted online. It is not an immigration program in itself, but rather a system used by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) to select candidates for immigration to Canada. The federal government and provincial government, as well as Canadian employers, are able to select candidates from the Express Entry pool, which is made up of candidates who must be eligible for one of the federal economic immigration programs. These programs are:
Selected candidates are then issued an invitation to apply for permanent residence in Canada, whereupon they will have just 60 days to submit a complete application and all supporting documents. From the date the application is received, CIC aims to process applications within six months.
To learn more about the Express Entry process, please refer to the CanadaVisa Express Entry candidates page. The CanadaVisa Express Entry FAQ sheet provides additional information arising from common questions.
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