The Express Entry visa is one of Canada’s ways to attract professional workers and qualified tradespeople to immigrate to Canada. The Express Entry visa is one of the speedier routes to gain permanent residency into Canada.
Canada wants to help foreigners who can add to the country’s economy and growth to become a permanent resident of their country.
The Express Entry visa for immigration into Canada is a selection system visa designed to choose the most skilled needed workers in Canada.
The Express Entry visa allows the IRCC (Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada) to grant permanent residence visa’s on a demand driven basis rather than a first come, first served basis by using a points based system targeting skilled workers, qualified tradespersons and foreigners already employed in a skilled position in Canada.
In October 2018 the IRCC (Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada) announced its updated immigration level plans for 2019-2021. Canada’s commitment is to increase the number of permanent residencies issued through the Express Entry visa system to around 260k over a 3-year period with a further 200k through the Provincial Nominee Program.
Applicants for the Express Entry visa to immigrate to Canada need to be eligible for one of three different programs.
The purpose of the Express Entry visa is to help the immigration of skilled workers to Canada who are more likely to succeed economically.
The Express Entry visa is a not a ‘first come, first served’ visa but a ‘ demand driven’ visa. In essence, Canada wants to add to the country’s economy and growth and will choose applicants who can help the country do this.
In addition there is also the option of a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP), which also falls under the Express Entry visa selection system, however, this program is for workers who have the skills, education and work experience to contribute to a specific territory or province within Canada. The province or territory needs to nominate the worker who then applies under the Express Entry visa selection system as normal. They do, however, then need to relocate to the nominated province or territory and reside there. There are additional points available for anyone applying for their Express Entry visa into Canada via the Provincial Nominee Program so this is a good way to increase the points required.
Anyone falling under one of these categories can apply to immigrate to Canada on an Express Entry visa. By completing a short assessment where points are earned depending on how ‘desirable’ you are to Canada’s growth and economy, you can take the next step in becoming a permanent resident of Canada.
The Express Entry visa works on a point based system.
If you are wishing to immigrate to Canada on an Express Entry visa you need to reach a minimum number of points in order to qualify for the next process of obtaining the Express Entry visa.
Points are given based on the following:
Language ability in English and/or French
Provincial Nominee Program (PNP)
Once the above has been met you need to then raise an Expression of Interest (EOI) by completing the first part of the application to be considered for an Express Entry visa for Canada. Once completed and submitted the application is then added to the Express Entry pool for further consideration.
Documents required to apply for the Express Entry visa are as follows:
The IRCC (Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada) will carry out an Express Entry visa draw of the highest ranked applicants and issue them with an Invite to Apply (ITA) for their Express Entry visa.
If you receive an Invite to Apply (ITA) then you need to complete your Express Entry application form and provide the necessary documentation required. The completion and submission has to be carried out within a certain timescale in order to still be valid.
The IRCC conducts a draw around every two weeks.
If your Express Entry visa is approved we will email you your Confirmation of Permanent Residence (COPR). This will have all of your information on it including a photograph. You then must enter Canada within the validity of the COPR. This is linked to the expiry of the your medical certificate or their passport validity. The COPR is not valid from the date it is approved and you need to be aware of this as it cannot be extended and will then become invalid. The validity date is shown on the confirmation but be aware it may be as little as six months, however, you can enter Canada and depart again once your PR card has been issued and received or failing this you can apply for a Permanent Resident Travel Document (PRTD) via a Canadian visa office out of Canada.
Upon receipt of the Express Entry visa approval you must check that the details match your passport details.
If you are already within Canada you must undergo a short interview with IRCC (Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada) either at one of their locations across the following states:
Or you can visit a Canadian “port of entry” (border crossing).
Whichever option you chose to do you must present your COPR and any permanent residence visa you have been given, not all applicants will receive this, and proof that you have funds to support you and your family.
The officer will make sure all your documents are valid and ask a few questions to determine that you still meet the criteria to live in Canada. You must give the officer your Canadian address to enable them to forward your PR card onto you.
If you are outside Canada when you receive your COPR you need to enter Canada within the validity of your COPR. Please check the COPR to verify the expiration date. On arrival in Canada you must have your passport which must be a regular private citizen passport and your COPR and proof of funds to support you and your family. You will be met by an officer from the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) who will make sure you are:
Upon successful completion of this the officer will allow you to enter Canada as a permanent resident.
If you aren’t yet ready to relocate fully and still have things to finalise you can enter Canada within the validity time of your COPR but then leave again. CBSA will mail you your PR card and this allows you to exit and enter Canada freely, however, if you depart before your PR card has been received you will need to make an application for a PRTD (Permanent Resident Travel Document) at a Canadian visa office outside of Canada prior to being able to arrive back in to Canada.
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