Express Entry Canada 2015 for Federal Skilled Worker Immigration to Canada
Express Entry’ has ushered Canadian immigration system into a new era. The new system is unique in many ways and has brought about a big transformation in the way the Canadian government chooses skilled immigrants for entry into the country –the CIC does not process the applications passively anymore, but it rather chooses the people it would like to invite into the country - from a pool of aspirants vying for a place in the last selected batch of qualified candidates.

The salient features of ‘Express Entry’ are as follows:
The candidates selected under this scheme are granted permanent residence status. They do not need to compete against the occupational ceilings – the system sans first come first serve basis of evaluation - and predetermined time deadlines;
The program includes following schemes:
All of the former federal skills migration initiatives, FSW – Federal Skilled Worker scheme; FSTP – Federal Skilled Trade Program; CEC – Canada Experience Class;
Some parts of provincial nomination schemes;
Express Entry is an electronic platform that allows the aspiring applicants to create online profiles free of charge which can be retained for a period of 12 months, after which the applicants may resubmit their profiles;
Before initiating profile creation process, the candidates must negotiate a preliminary process – they must get their academic accomplishments assessed from a designated evaluation body of Canada, like WES; and they must also write an approved language test to evidence their linguistic skills in either English or French;
The profiles are gauged for eligibility by the CRS or Comprehensive Ranking System. The CRS assessed the applicants on the basis of certain pre-determined criteria, like:
Age,
Linguistic skills,
Academic accomplishments,
Professional exposure, and
Other deemed vital profile traits that can evidence ability of new entrants in settling in the Canadian environment;
After gauging the profiles, the CRS ranks them on the basis of the marks obtained;
Additional marks can be obtained by the candidates under following conditions:
Sponsorships earned from a wiling Canadian state, if any; or
Full time regular employment offer from a Canadian employer;
The CIC conducts short listing draws at regular intervals to pick the applicants who have scored highest marks; or have a provincial nomination to their credit; or have obtained a permanent employment offer from a Canadian employer – through job bank;
The shortlisted candidates are instructed to go ahead with filing of second sets of applications for permanent residence. Selected candidates are given 60 days to respond, failing which the invitation is cancelled; and
The CIC promises to evaluate requests of the selected applicants within six months of receipt of completed requests;

Our past experience and current engagement with the Canadian skilled immigration system gives us every reason to firmly believe and suggest that the current format of Canadian skilled migration system holds several promises; as selected candidates can get Canadian immigration visa faster than any other comparable scheme. You just need to do the things right the very first time, i.e. compile all the requisite documents and negotiate all the required steps meticulously.

You can approach Dee Ed Tech Inc for a comprehensive support – right from assessing of your profile to judge your eligibility to submission of your profile and subsequent follow-up, like filing next set of requests if you are selected for the permanent residence.

Express Entry – Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS)

Essentially, the key purpose of the Canada Express Entry 2015 is to give the control over the selection of prospective migrants under skilled workers category to Canadian Government through Citizenship and Immigration Canada.

Towards, that objective and as a precursor to minimum 67 points criteria, a system whereby the applicants interested in migrating are ranked against each other, using a set of parameters. The tool containing these parameters, ranking and selection is called the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS).

The key components and parameters of the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) are as follows:

Parameters related to Core human capital;
Parameters related to accompanying spouse or common-law partner;
Parameters related to Skill transferability; and
Parameters relating to a provincial nomination or a qualifying job offer of arranged employment.

Total number of points available under the Express Entry CRS is 1,200.

Where candidates are filing the application without an accompanying spouse or common-law partner, the break of points under CRS is as follows:

Core human Capital: Maximum 500 points;
Skill transferability: Maximum 100 points; and
Either a provincial nomination of a qualifying offer of arranged employment: Maximum 600 points available

Where candidates are filing the application with an accompanying spouse or common-law partner, the break of points under CRS is as follows:

Core human Capital of Principal Applicant: Maximum 460 points;
Core human Capital of Spouse: Maximum 40 points
Skill transferability: Maximum 100 points; and
Either a provincial nomination of a qualifying offer of arranged employment: Maximum 600 points

A) Summary of points per factor for Express Entry candidates
A. Core / human capital factors Points per factor - With a spouse or common-law partner Points per factor - Without a spouse or common-law partner
Age 100 110
Level of education 140 150
Official languages proficiency 150 160
Canadian work experience 70 80


B) Summary of points per factor for Express Entry candidates
B. Spouse or common-law partner factors Maximum 40 points
Level of education 10
Official language proficiency 20
Canadian Work Experience 10
A. Core/human capital + B. Spouse or common-law partner factors Maximum 500 points (with a spouse or common-law partner) Maximum 500 points (without a spouse or common-law partner)


C) Summary of points per factor for Express Entry candidates

C. Skill Transferability factors Maximum 100 points
Education Maximum 50 points
With good/strong official languages proficiency and a post-secondary degree 50
With Canadian work experience and a post-secondary degree 50
Foreign work experience Maximum 50 points
With good/strong official languages proficiency and foreign work experience 50
With Canadian work experience and foreign work experience 50
Certificate of qualification (for people in trade occupations) Maximum 50 points
With good/strong official languages proficiency and a certificate of qualification 50
A. Core/human capital + B. Spouse or common-law partner + C. Transferability factors Maximum 600 points


D) Summary of points per factor for Express Entry candidates
D. Additional points (maximum 600)
A. Core/human capital + B. Spouse or common-law partner factors + C. Transferability factors + D. = Grand total - 1,200
Arranged employment 600
PN nomination 600


CRS – Core factors
Core / human capital factors With a spouse (Maximum 460 points) Without a spouse (Maximum 500 points)
Age Number of points (100 maximum) Number of points (110 maximum)
17 years of age or less 0 0
18 years of age 90 99
19 years of age 95 105
20 to 29 years of age 100 110
30 years of age 95 105
31 years of age 90 99
32 years of age 85 94
33 years of age 80 88
34 years of age 75 83
35 years of age 70 77
36 years of age 65 72
37 years of age 60 66
38 years of age 55 61
39 years of age 50 55
40 years of age 45 50
41 years of age 35 39
42 years of age 25 28
43 years of age 15 17
44 years of age 5 6
45 years of age or more 0 0
Level of Education With a spouse - Number of points (140 maximum) Without a spouse - Number of points (150 maximum)
Less than Secondary school (high school) credential 0 0
Secondary school (high school) credential 28 30
One-year post-secondary program credential 84 90
Two-year post-secondary program credential 91 98
Post-secondary program credential of three years or longer 112 120
Two or more post-secondary program credentials AND at least one of these credentials was issued on completion of a post-secondary program of three years or longer 119 128
University-level credential at the Master’s level OR an entry-to-practice professional degree. CIC only accepts as an entry-to-practice professional degree, those degrees issued in relation to an occupation listed at NOC Skill level A and for which licensing by a provincial regulatory body is required. 126 135
University-level credential at the Doctoral level 140 150
Official languages proficiency - first official language Reading, writing, speaking and listening total points for each ability:
32 with a spouse
34 without a spouse
With a spouse Maximum 128 points Without a spouse Maximum 136 points
For each ability 32 34
For each ability 0 0
CLB 4 or 5 6 6
CLB 6 8 9
CLB 7 16 17
CLB 7 22 23
CLB 9 29 31
CLB 10 or more 32 34
Official languages proficiency - second official language
Reading, writing, speaking and listening total points for each ability:
5.5 with a spouse
6 without a spouse
With a spouse Maximum 22 points Without a spouse Maximum 24 points
For each ability 6
CLB 4 or less 0 0
CLB 5 or 6 1 1
CLB 7 or 8 3 3
CLB 9 or more 6 6
Canadian work experience With a spouse Maximum 70 points Without a spouse Maximum 80 points
None or less than a year 0 0
1 year 35 40
2 years 46 53
3 years 56 64
4 years 63 74
5 years or more 70 80
Subtotal - Core / human capital factors Out of 460 points Out of 500 points
18 years of age 90 99
18 years of age 90 99
18 years of age 90 99


CRS – Core factors
Spouse factors With spouse - number of points per factor Without spouse (0 points – does not apply)
Spouse`s level of education 10 0
Less than secondary school (high school) credential 0
One-year post-secondary program credential 6
Two-year post-secondary program credential 7
Two or more post-secondary program credentials AND at least one of these credentials was issued on completion of a post-secondary program of three years or longer 9
University-level credential at the Master’s level OR an entry-to-practice professional degree. CIC only accepts as an entry-to-practice professional degree, those degrees issued in relation to an occupation listed at NOC Skill level A and for which licensing by a provincial regulatory body is required. 10
University-level credential at the Doctoral level 10
Spouse’s official languages proficiency - first official language
Reading, writing, speaking and listening– total points for each ability
Maximum 20 points 0 (does not apply)
For each ability 5
CLB 4 or less 0
CLB 5 or 6 1
CLB 7 or 8 3
CLB 9 or more 5
Canadian work experience Maximum 10 points 0 (does not apply)
None or less than a year 0
1 year 5
2 years 7
3 years 8
4 years 9
5 years or more 10
Subtotal - Core / human capital + Spouse factors 500 500


CRS – Skill transferability factors
Skill Transferability factors Maximum 100 points for this section
Education Maximum 50 points for Education
With good official language proficiency and a post-secondary degree Maximum 50 points
Points for CLB 7 or more on all first official language abilities, one or more under 9 Points for CLB 9 or more on all four first official language abilities
Secondary school (high school) credential or less (levels 1&2) 0 0
Post-secondary program credential of one year or longer (levels 3,4 & 5) 13 25
Two or more post-secondary program credentials AND at least one of these credentials was issued on completion of a post-secondary program of three years or longer (levels 6,7 & 8) 25 50
With Canadian work experience and a post-secondary degree Maximum 50 points
Points for education + 1 year of Canadian work experience Points for education + 2 years or more of Canadian work experience
Secondary school (high school) credential or less (levels 1&2) 0 0
Post-secondary program credential of one year or longer (levels 3,4 & 5) 13 25
Two or more post-secondary program credentials AND at least one of these credentials was issued on completion of a post-secondary program of three years or longer (levels 6,7 & 8) 25 50
Foreign work experience Maximum 50 points for Foreign work experience
With good official language proficiency and foreign work experience 50 points
Points for foreign work experience + CLB 7 or more on all first OL abilities, one or more under 9 Points for foreign work experience + CLB 9 or more on all four first OL abilities
No foreign work experience 0 0
1 or 2 years of foreign work experience 13 25
3 years or more of foreign work experience 25 50
With Canadian work experience and foreign work experience Maximum 50 points
Points for foreign work experience + 1 year of Canadian work experience Points for foreign work experience + 2 years or more of Canadian work experience
No foreign work experience 0 0
1 or 2 years of foreign work experience 13 25
3 years or more of foreign work experience 25 50
Certificate of qualification (trade occupations) Maximum 50 points for this section
With good official language proficiency and a certificate of qualification Maximum 50 points
Points for certificate of qualification + CLB 5 or more on all first OL abilities, one or more under 7 Points for certificate of qualification + CLB 7 or more on all four first OL abilities
With a certificate of qualification 25 50
Subtotal:
A. Core + B. Spouse + C. Skill transferability factors
600
Additional points Maximum 600 points
1) Arranged employment OR 600
2) Provincial or territorial nomination 600
Grand total Maximum 1200 points


Express Entry Eligible Occupation List for - 2015 Effective 01 January, 2015, following occupations are eligible to apply under the new Express Entry Program.

NOC O Group Occupation List
Management occupations
(Skill level A)

  • 011 Administrative services managers
  • 012 Managers in financial and business services
  • 013 Managers in communication (except broadcasting)
  • 021 Managers in engineering, architecture, science and information systems
  • 031 Managers in health care
  • 041 Managers in public administration
  • 042 Managers in education and social and community services
  • 043 Managers in public protection services
  • 051 Managers in art, culture, recreation and sport
  • 060 Corporate sales managers
  • 062 Retail and wholesale trade managers
  • 063 Managers in food service and accommodation
  • 065 Managers in customer and personal services, N.E.C.
  • 071 Managers in construction and facility operation and maintenance
  • 073 Managers in transportation
  • 081 Managers in natural resources production and fishing
  • 082 Managers in agriculture, horticulture and aquaculture
  • 091 Managers in manufacturing and utilities

NOC A Group Occupation List
(Occupations usually require university education.)

  • 111 Auditors, accountants and investment professionals
  • 112 Human resources and business service professionals
  • 211 Physical science professionals
  • 212 Life science professionals
  • 213 Civil, mechanical, electrical and chemical engineers
  • 214 Other engineers
  • 215 Architects, urban planners and land surveyors
  • 216 Mathematicians, statisticians and actuaries
  • 217 Computer and information systems professionals
  • 311 Physicians, dentists and veterinarians
  • 312 Optometrists, chiropractors and other health diagnosing and treating professionals
  • 313 Pharmacists, dieticians and nutritionists
  • 314 Therapy and assessment professionals
  • 411 Judges, lawyers and Quebec notaries
  • 415 Social and community service professionals
  • 416 Policy and program researchers, consultants and officers
  • 511 Librarians, archivists, conservators and curators
  • 512 Writing, translating and related communications professionals
  • 513 Creative and performing artists


NOC B Group Occupation List
(Occupations usually require college education or apprenticeship training.)

  • 121 Administrative services supervisors
  • 122 Administrative and regulatory occupations
  • 124 Office administrative assistants - general, legal and medical
  • 125 Court reporters, transcriptionists, records management technicians and statistical officers
  • 131 Finance, insurance and related business administrative occupations
  • 221 Technical occupations in physical sciences
  • 222 Technical occupations in life sciences
  • 223 Technical occupations in civil, mechanical and industrial engineering
  • 224 Technical occupations in electronics and electrical engineering
  • 225 Technical occupations in architecture, drafting, surveying, geometrics and meteorology
  • 226 Other technical inspectors and regulatory officers
  • 227 Transportation officers and controllers
  • 228 Technical occupations in computer and information systems
  • 321 Medical technologists and technicians (except dental health)
  • 322 Technical occupations in dental health care
  • 323 Other technical occupations in health care
  • 421 Paraprofessional occupations in legal, social, community and education services
  • 431 Occupations in front-line public protection services
  • 521 Technical occupations in libraries, public archives, museums and art galleries
  • 522 Photographers, graphic arts technicians and technical and co-ordinating occupations in motion pictures, broadcasting and the performing arts
  • 523 Announcers and other performers, N.E.C.
  • 524 Creative designers and craftsperson
  • 525 Athletes, coaches, referees and related occupations
  • 621 Retail sales supervisors
  • 622 Technical sales specialists in wholesale trade and retail and wholesale buyers
  • 623 Insurance, real estate and financial sales occupations
  • 631 Service supervisors
  • 632 Chefs and cooks
  • 633 Butchers and bakers
  • 634 Specialized occupations in personal and customer services
  • 720 Contractors and supervisors, industrial, electrical and construction trades and related workers
  • 723 Machining, metal forming, shaping and erecting trades
  • 724 Electrical trades and electrical power line and telecommunications workers
  • 725 Plumbers, pipefitters and gas fitters
  • 727 Carpenters and cabinetmakers
  • 728 Masonry and plastering trades
  • 729 Other construction trades
  • 730 Contractors and supervisors, maintenance trades and heavy equipment and transport operators
  • 731 Machinery and transportation equipment mechanics (except motor vehicle)
  • 732 Automotive service technicians
  • 733 Other mechanics and related repairers
  • 736 Train crew operating occupations
  • 737 Crane operators, drillers and blasters
  • 738 Printing press operators and other trades and related occupations,N.E.C.
  • 821 Supervisors, logging and forestry
  • 822 Contractors and supervisors, mining, oil and gas
  • 823 Underground miners, oil and gas drillers and related occupations
  • 824 Logging machinery operators
  • 825 Contractors and supervisors, agriculture, horticulture and related operations and services
  • 826 Fishing vessel masters and fishermen/women
  • 921 Supervisors, processing and manufacturing occupations
  • 922 Supervisors, assembly and fabrication
  • 923 Central control and process operators in processing and manufacturing
  • 924 Utilities equipment operators and controllers


Content Source from: http://www5.hrsdc.gc.ca/noc/english/noc/2011/html/matrix.html

Canada Express Entry – Application Process And Processing Times
Candidate fills on-line express entry form. To be able to fill up this form, he should have key documents and information in ready possession. In case of married applicants, this information should be ready for both the principal applicant and spouse.

No fee is required to be paid for the purpose of filing the on-line application form.

On successful submission of application form, the candidate is issued an application number/personal reference number.

Successful submission of profile in the express entry pool is not guarantee that invite to apply for Canada permanent residence visa will surely be issued.

Using the personal reference letter number, the candidate submits his resume to Canada Job Bank. This should be done within 30 days of successful submission of on-line Canada express entry form.

Candidate needs to keep a close eye at website of Citizenship and Immigration, Canada, on which announcement of pool draws will be made in regular basis.

Candidates whose names are picked out from the pool draws will be subjected to Canada Federal Skilled Worker selected criteria and the point system.

Those meeting requirement of the FSW selection criteria will be issued invite to apply.

Candidate submits second stage – post invite – application accompanied by all required documents. This must be done within 60 days of issuance of invite. An extension on the limit to apply within 60 days will not be issued. Thus, it is critically important that the candidates keep the file ready for immediate filing at all times. Many of the required documents can take weeks and at times months to be compiled. CIC has indicated that they will complete the rest of the process within 6 months of formal submission of post invite stage two form with required application fee and documents.

The Citizenship and Immigration Canada clearly defines which Immigration consultant can represent an application, on behalf of clients, with the department. The department calls them authorized representatives, and among them are the Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants who are members in good standing of the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (www.iccrc-crcic.ca). Ensure that, if you are hiring a paid immigration consultant, he/she is an authorized representative to represent you with Citizenship and Immigration Canada and other Canadian Government agencies.

So, starting point is NOT to wait and start your process for immigration to Canada immediately and without delays. Submit your and if married, spousal profile immediately, get assessed and registered with Dee Ed Tech Inc, sign an agreement, pay our fee and get into the express entry pool! Remember there are always going to be limited annual quotas’ for skilled immigrants!

Express Entry - Canada Job Bank
Once the on-line express entry pool application is filed, then the candidate will be issued a Personal Reference Number. Using that personal reference number, the Candidate can file his resume in the Canada Job bank. Website link of Job bank is as follows:

http://www.jobbank.gc.ca/home-eng.do?lang=eng

Essentially, Canada Job Bank is a compilation of various job-sites across Canada. Key job-sites which are linked through this website include the following.

Monster
Workopolis
WorkBC
Saskjobs
Emploi-Quebec
JOBSinNL.ca

Job Bank(apply through websites/email/in person)

The applicant can submit his resume to a specific vacancy advertised on these websites or he can submit resume or paste resume to any of these websites using the personal reference number issued against confirmation of submission of on-line express entry pool application.

Express Entry - Provincial Nomination
Key feature of the express entry program is the key role provinces can play in the process and significant points (600) that are provided if one of has a provincial nomination. As on 2nd January, 15, following provinces have announced their intentions to accept the program under the express entry program. Announcements will follow from other provinces in due course. Hence, if a candidate mentions any of the following provinces to be his preferred province while filing his pool application, chances of his provincial nomination will increase. It is quite logical for provinces to nominate those candidates who mention their province as the preferred province in the pool application.

It is critical to understand that candidates selected through express entry program under provincial nomination will need to meet the selection criteria (read 67 points and all related requirement such as minimum 6.0 in each in IELTS). Selection quota in provinces under express entry is NOT to be confused with provincial selection under “occupation-in-demand” category where special provisions were available for acceptance of applications with lower IELTS score.

Manitoba provincial nomination for skilled professionals
http://www.immigratemanitoba.com/2014/12/18/does-express-entry-change-canadian-immigration-programs/

Manitoba will be able to nominate a maximum of 500 applicants through Express Entry in 2015. These applicants must also meet the minimum federal criteria for one of the three federal programs included in Express Entry.

Express Entry candidates nominated by Manitoba will receive an additional 600 points in their Express Entry assessment and will receive an Invitation to Apply for permanent residence from Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC). CIC has committed to faster processing times of 6 months or less for applicants through Express Entry.

Saskatchewan provincial nomination for skilled professionals

SINP -- http://www.economy.gov.sk.ca/immigration/sinp-application-intake-thresholds

The SINP will begin to accept applications to the Saskatchewan Express Entry Sub-Category in 2015. The date that the Sub-Category will be opened will be announced on this webpage.

Application Intake Thresholds as of January 2, 2015
Skill Transferability factors Maximum 100 points for this section Maximum 100 points for this section
International Skilled Workers
International Skilled Workers - With an Employment Offer 5,000 5,000
International Skilled Workers - Express Entry 1,000 1,000
International Skilled Workers - Occupations In-Demand 500 0
Nova Scotia provincial nomination for skilled professionals
Nova Scotia—http://novascotiaimmigration.com/nova-scotia-launch-new-immigration-stream/

http://novascotiaimmigration.com/move-here/nova-scotia-demand-express-entry/

Nova Scotia will launch a new immigration stream in January called Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry.

The stream comes with 350 new immigration nominations, bringing the total in 2015 to 1,050, up from 700 in 2014.Nova Scotia will use the federal government’s new intake system, Express Entry, for the stream. Provinces must use federal skills and qualifications criteria to select immigrants. Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry is a pilot project for 2015, replacing the Regional Labour Market Demand stream.

More updates to follow in due course. Hope this helps all of you in get going with appropriate action and start your process for Immigration to Canada under Skilled Category.

British Columbia provincial nomination for skilled professionals

Express Entry British Columbia --- http://www.welcomebc.ca/Immigrate/About-the-BC-PNP/Express-Entry-British-Columbia.aspx

British Columbia is adding a new stream to the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) called Express Entry British Columbia. This new stream allows PNP to use CIC’s Express Entry system to meet B.C.’s specific labour market needs.

Benefit for Employers
The new Express Entry British Columbia stream of the PNP will help B.C. meet the need for skilled workers. Eligible applicants for one of the PNP’s Express Entry British Columbia categories will receive priority processing of PNP applications, and if nominated, permanent residence applications.

Benefit for Individuals
The PNP’s new Express Entry British Columbia stream will result in faster and more efficient processing for eligible skilled workers and significantly reduce their application processing time.
There are currently 3 new categories under the Express Entry British Columbia stream.
Express Entry British Columbia - Skilled Worker*
Express Entry British Columbia - Health Care Professional*(this is included in the Express Entry British Columbia – Skilled Worker category)
Express Entry British Columbia - International Graduate*
Express Entry British Columbia - International Post Graduate

FSW selection criteria – point system
Citizenship and Immigration Canada has officially announced that it will start accepting applications under the Express Entry Program for Skilled professionals interested in migrating to Canada, starting from January 1st, 2015. Candidates whose applications are picked up from Express Entry Pool must also meet the requirements of selection criteria under the federal skilled worker program in which he filing the application. One can file under one of the three programs:

Federal Skilled Worker Class
Federal Skilled Trades class
Canadian Experience class

Remember this selection criteria is applicable AFTER the candidates application has been successfully picked up from the express entry pool. It is also true that unless the Candidate does not meet FSW selection criteria, an invite to apply will NOT be issued to the Candidate. Please do not confuse the selection criteria and pass-mark under the FSW with point system under Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) - Express Entry points Criteria. Purpose of CRS and points mentioned therein is limited to ranking the candidate against other prospective migrants and choosing the best possible suited to

Here is the applicable point system and related selection Criteria which candidates chosen from the Express Entry Pool MUST meet:

Language - Principal applicant (Maximum 28 points)

Out of the possible 28 points, one can claim up-to 24 points under English language factor and remaining 4 points under French Language factor. This is under a situation where the applicant is filing the application with English as the first language. Applicants with high level (proven by high IELTS band score) of English language proficiency can claim all the 24 points.

An applicant must prove a minimum proficiency in each of the four language abilities, speaking, listening, reading and writing - Canadian Language Benchmark 7 (CLB 7) level for English in order to qualify for the Federal Skilled Worker Class (FSWC) program.

For the English language requirement, CLB 7 is equivalent to scoring 6 bands in each of the 4 abilities on the IELTS GENERAL Pattern examination.

For the French language requirement, NCLC 7 is equivalent to scoring 309, 248, 206 and 309 on the speaking, listening, reading and writing modules of the Test d'evaluation de francais (TEF), respectively.

4 points are awarded for each of the four language abilities, meaning that all candidates that meet the mandatory minimums on all language abilities will have at least 16 points.

Applicants will be awarded one extra point for each language ability for which they score CLB 8 or NCLC 8 and two extra points if they score CLB 9 or NCLC 9 (for a maximum of 24 points under English language factor).

The IELTS equivalent to CLB 8 is 7.5, 6.5, 6.5 and 6.5 on Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking. The TEF equivalent to NCLC 8 is 349, 280, 233, and 349 on Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking, respectively. Getting these scores will mean that 5 points are awarded for each of the four language abilities, meaning that all candidates that meet these criteria can claim a maximum of 20 points.

The IELTS equivalent to CLB 9 is 7.5, 6.5, 6.5, and 6.5 on Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking. The TEF equivalent to NCLC 9 is 349, 280, 233, and 349 on Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking, respectively. This means that to claim 24 points under the English language factor, the applicant MUST claim AT LEAST 8.0, 7.0, 7.0, and 7.0 on Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking, respectively. 6 points are awarded for each of the four language abilities, meaning that all candidates that meet these criteria can claim a maximum of 24 points.

One can also have various combinations of scores and accordingly credit points under the factor. Just remember that the MINIMUM requirement of at least 6.0 should be met to qualify.

With specific reference to Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) under Express Entry points program, it will make sense for both the spouses to appear in the IELTS test and provide score sheets. Higher the score in the ranking for both the spouses, more than number of points under CRS and higher will the application move into the overall rankings.

Examples:
Listening Reading Writing Speaking
8.0 7.0 7.0 7.0 24 points
7.5 6.5 6.5 6.5 20 points
6.0 6.0 6.0 6.0 16 points
8.0 6.5 7.0 6.5 22 points
7.5 7.0 7.0 7.0 23 points
8.0 7.0 6.0 6.0 20 points
Second Official Language:
The number of points awarded for proficiency in a second official language will be reduced from 8 to 4, making focusing on studying a single language a more viable strategy for those seeking to qualify for immigration to Canada. Our understanding is that in almost all instances, French will be the second official language.

Age - Principal Applicant (Maximum 12 points)
The preferential age will be redefined from 18 to 35 bands under the recommended point's criteria, which will be allotted a maximum of 12 points. An applicant above 47 years and getting Zero points for age can still file a petition, if he/she meets the minimum pass-mark requirements of 67 under other selection factors.

18 to 35 years - 12 points

After this age band, points are deducted on basis of age in years
36 years - 11 points
Age 37 years - 10 points
Age 38 years - 9 points
And so on till
Age 46 years - 1 point
47 and above - 0 points

Points for employment experience (Maximum 15 points)
Score allocation

1 year - 9 points
2-3 years - 11 points
4-5 years - 13 points
6 years - 15 points

Above allocation indicates the following:
Minimum experience of at least a year, in an occupation on O, A and B category is a MUST. To review the list of occupations that fall under these 3 categories, please click here.

Higher the experience, more points the principal applicant can claim under the employment experience factor.

Clearly outlining ones experience profile - as per NOC descriptions - in one of the permitted occupations under O, A and B category will determine whether or not an application under Canada FSW will be accepted or not. Hence taking an experienced immigration consultants' help will be useful for your all important life objective to immigrate to Canada. For a free of charge assessment, you can also simply send across your and (if applicable), the spousal resume to info@spatialdee.com for immediate contact from our business executives.

Educational and professional qualifications (Maximum 25 points)

Under ECA (Educational Credential assessment), current educational and professional qualifications of the principal applicant will be assessed by a Canadian credential assessment agency. Such an assessment will confirm the equivalency of the principal applicant's qualifications with similar Canadian qualifications. Only the principal applicants getting positive assessment of their educational and professional qualifications will be permitted to file the application for permanent resident visa under federal skilled worker category.

The credential assessment has therefore, become single most important step in achieving ones' dreams to immigrate to Canada as a skilled professional. Just like Australia, a professional presentation of one's' academic, professional and related experience credentials will therefore become very important for anybody who wishes to file for a permanent resident visa application under federal skilled worker category. Taking help of a professional in meeting this requirement has thus become very important. For a free of charge assessment, you can also simply send across your and (if applicable), the spousal resume to info@spatialdee.com for immediate contact from our business executives.

Doctoral level 25
Master's level or professional degree 23
Two or more post-secondary credentials, one of which is a three-year or longer post-secondary credential 22
Three-year or longer post-secondary credential 21
Two-year post-secondary credential 19
One-year post-secondary credential 15
Secondary school 05
Arranged employment (Maximum 10 points)
After the implementation of the new procedural recommendations labour market opinion - LMO will be superseding Arranged Employment Opinion - AEO. Employers would need to apply to the HRSDC for an LMO. This will bring down events of fictitious job offers and promote credibility of the scheme, establish the validity of the job offers in light of labour pool goals, and offer escalated LMO procedure to employers having a strict adherence track record.

Adaptability (Maximum 10 points)
A maximum score of 10 could be allocated to a migrant with employment experience in Canada.

OR

Education in Canada can get up to 5 points,

OR Education AND experience in Canada can get up to 10 points!

OR

Spousal education qualifications will no longer get any points but a spouse with CLB level 4 in English language can help the principal applicant 5 adaptability factor points! This also means that to claim bonus points for spouse; she will need to appear in the IELTS test.

OR Even a blood relation in Canada can help the principal applicant gain additional 5 points under the adaptability factor. The blood relation can be 18 years and above; and can be Father, Mother, Brother, Sister, Uncle, Aunt, Niece, Nephew. The blood relation can belong to either of the spouses and either of the parents.

Total marks are 100 and current pass-mark is 67 points. This selection criterion as well pass-mark may change without notice.

Canada Express Entry—Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

On January 1, this year, the Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) officially introduced a fresh electronic arrangement, on the lines of a similar system already in operation in Australia, and called Skill Select. The Canadian electronic system is known as Express Entry, even as it has been started to administer the petitions submitted for the prized and the much sought after Permanent Residence (PR), through these federal economic immigration schemes, namely, the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), the Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP), and the Canadian Experience Class (CEC). Understanding key Features of Express Entry Program will help the candidates and this FAQ is a step in that direction.

Here below are given some common questions and their answers related to Express Entry. It is hoped that these would help the Express Entry candidates and they would be able to make the most of the scheme without being troubled by any doubts and uncertainties.

Question: What exactly is Canada Express Entry program and how it functions?
Answer: Well, it is a completely fresh method way of directing and supervising the permanent residence petitions presented in these current economic immigration schemes of the maple leaf country--the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), the Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP), and the Canadian Experience Class (CEC).In additional to skilled immigrants chosen by the federal government, various Canadian provinces &territories will also be enabled to enlist applicants from the Express Entry pool for a segment of the Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs),with a view to fulfil the particular requirements of their local labour market.

Via the system, individuals, who cater to the conditions for any of the above given schemes, will be put into a bank of aspirants – called express entry pool - even as the Canadian administration, the various provincial &territorial administrations, and Canadian recruiters/firms will be enabled to choose individuals from the given pool.

Express Entry - together with the Job Bank of the Canadian Administration - will let qualified recruiters/firms in the Maple Leaf Country and qualified nationals from abroad develop links with one another in a better manner, in the process, making integration swifter after aliens land in the nation. And, Invitation to Apply (ITA) will be given to the aspirants with the maximum scores in the bank.

Question: How the program will prove helpful for Canada?
Answer: Ottawa is reorganizing its economic immigration structure to guarantee that the nation’s requirements, related to its economic & labour market, are fulfilled and the latest electronic program from the CIC is a major component of the same. Its target is to make the arrangement swifter &more flexible. Express Entry will make the application procedures for the CIC simpler and easier leading to swifter and well-organized processing and also a better capability to act in response to the nation’s labour market.

Through the Express Entry, the CIC will only entertain petitions from those it has sent invites, to immigrate to the Maple Leaf Country, via certain particular economic immigration schemes. It will stop the growth of build-ups, by making certain that only the applicants--who are most expected to do well—and not just the first to present their petitions—are in a position to put forward an application to move to the nation.

Question: Which specific immigration schemes will be duly made a part of the Express Entry structure?
Answer: The program will be applicable to these economic immigration plans--Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP), and Canadian Experience Class (CEC). The various Canadian provinces &territories will also be in a position to employ aspirants from the Express Entry system, for a part of the PNPs, with a view to fulfil the requirements of the local labour market.

Question: Will Express Entry make the scheme’s immigration conditions better?
Answer: No, it will not! It will not improve or modify the immigration program conditions. It’s not a fresh plan; Express Entry is just a new method for the CIC to administer and run the submission of the economic immigration petitions made online. The Federal points selection Criteria whereby minimum 67 points out of a maximum of 100 points is required will continue to be applicable.

Question: Is it mandatory to have a confirmed work offer to find a position in the Express Entry bank?
Answer: In case you cater to the conditions of any of the economic immigration schemes, subject to Express Entry, your profile will be admitted into the Express Entry bank. Though an employment offer - suitably backed by a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA), from a recruiter in the nation, is a major benefit--it is certainly not a necessity. As a matter of fact, as any experienced recruiter in Canada will confirm, Canadian Employers are extremely hesitant to go through detailed process involved in getting a positive Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) and hence not many in the pool will have such a confirmed job offer and thus advantage of additional points from perspective of express entry pool ranking. The key competition this is likely to be between applicants who are without offer and otherwise have excellent ranking on account of various factors. Chances of being accepted from the express entry pool, for those without a confirmed job offer from a Canadian employer, continue to be bright. Candidates should be vary about job offer rackets that will come into the market that will offer to “organize” a confirmed job offer under express entry for thousands of dollars. Job offers will not be accepted at face value and due investigations may be carried out by citizenship and Immigration Canada, before visa issuance. If found to be fraudulent, the candidates application will be refused and he will also be barred from making another application for Canada Permanent Residence Visa for another 5 years. So, if you do not have a job offer, just go ahead and file with genuine documents you have. Take a chance. Honest attempts and sincere attempts in any objective will mostly lead to positive results.

Question: Is there an upper limit on the figure of applicants given entry to the pool of Express Entry?
Answer: No, there is no cap whatsoever on the figure of aspirants who could gain admission into the pool of Express Entry. And this is likely to lead to a range of applicants with a superior mixture of expertise & experience from which the many Canadian recruiters, territories &provinces can choose to fulfil their particular requirements. However, there is as annual quota CAP on number of federal skilled permanent resident visas for skilled workers and professionals that will be issued every year. Hence sooner, one gets into the express entry pool, more chances for them to be accepted under the Canada express Entry Program.

Question: Will aspirants with work offers offered any preference?
Answer: An employment offer, duly supported by a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA), will proffer an aspirant adequate extra point to be sent an invite, to submit an application at the coming eligible draw of applicants. There will be no need whatsoever for probable applicants--who have a legitimate employment offer, or nomination from any provincial/territorial government, when he concludes his profile for Express Entry--to list with Job Bank.

Question: Job Bank--How does it function with Express Entry?
Answer: These two enable entitled recruiters in Canada and entitled skilled foreign people develop links with one another in a superior manner. It is vital that every attempt is made by the recruiter/company to first make an effort and locate either a Canadian or permanent resident, to fill the job vacancy, prior to a trained alien can be reflected on. After the application is successfully submitted in the express entry pool, a personal reference number is issued. The candidate should lodge his resume in the Canada job Bank making mention of this personal reference number. That will open his profile for review of Canadian Employers, federal agencies and provincial government.

Question: How will I utilize the Express Entry structure?
Answer: To begin with, you will show your interest in moving to the nation, via generating an online profile for Express Entry. Under the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS), you will share information associated with your expertise, work experience, language skills, education, and other particulars that play a key role in your success in the Maple Leaf Country with the CIC. And, in case you fulfil the conditions, you will find a place in the Express Entry pool of aspirants. This is a group of individuals that the CIC can draw from, to fill in the many immigration positions.

Question: How will Express Entry prove useful for the possible applicants?
Answer: The program will provide several benefits, and this comprises (A) Swifter processing times: Majority of the petitions will be fittingly processed in a maximum of six months, from the time the CIC obtains an all-inclusive petition submitted for permanent residence to a decisive, final decision; and (B) An simpler method to obtain an employment offer from an qualified recruiter in the Maple Leaf Country prior to you eventually land there in: The Canadian Administration enhanced Job Bank will enable qualified recruiters in the nation and trained overseas people develop links with one another much more easily, in the process, making economic integration more rapidly once aliens land in the nation.

Question: At the present, I am killing time for my petition for permanent residence to be processed in the Federal Skilled Worker Program. Is it possible for me to put forward a profile for Express Entry?
Answer: Though you could present a fresh Express Entry profile, it’s not needed. But, the CIC will not give back any processing charges paid for your original petition. Your current petition will be processed on the basis of the laws and regulations in place at the time you filed a petition.

Question: Is there a charge to present a profile for Express Entry?
Answer: There is no such charge whatsoever to put forward a profile for Express Entry. However, to be able to file the application in the pool, the candidate must provide key information related to educational credentials, IELTS tests etc. In case of married applicants such expenses may be required to be incurred for both the spouses, if the application is being filed with an accompanying spouse as that gets additional weight age in the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS).

In addition, once you are chosen from the pool and invited to apply for Permanent Residence Visa, you have to pay required application fee, RRPF, medical costs and any other related incidental expenses.

Question: When does the profile of an applicant, filed in the express entry pool perish?
Answer: The profiles for Express Entry will be legitimate for 12 months or one year from the date an applicant successfully submits the same to the CIC. In case he fails to obtain an Invitation to Apply (ITA)--for the object of permanent residence, post one year and he still wishes to arrive in Canada as a trained immigrant--he will require concluding and presenting a fresh profile.

Question: How will the various Canadian territories & provinces make use of the Express Entry structure?
Answer: These will be in a position to offer nomination to a certain figure of overseas people, via the Express Entry structure, to cater to their particular local labour market immigration & requirements. In case a candidate receives a nomination from a specific Canadian territory or province, he will get adequate extra points to get an invite, to submit a petition for the permanent residence status at the coming skilled draw of applicants.

Question: What is the procedure for the probable applicants who wish to utilize both Express Entry &a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP)?
Answer: Two methods to do the same are there. The applicant:

A. Submit an application to the PNP first, get a nomination and afterwards fill out a profile for Express Entry; or

B. Fill out the Express Entry profile first. The many territories & provinces can afterwards explore the Express Entry bank and ask an aspirant to submit an application for their PNP, and when the latter obtains a certificate for nomination, they will duly bring up to date their profile for Express Entry.

Question: How the scheme will prove useful for recruiters/firms in the Maple Leaf Country?
Answer: It will offer them more recruitment choices and assist them act in response to labour scarcities in a superior way where permanent residents or citizens are not accessible.

Question: How will recruiter/firms in the Maple Leaf Country utilize the Express Entry?
Answer: It is vital that the recruiter/firms in the nation first make every possible attempt to discover either a permanent resident or a citizen to fill unoccupied work-opportunities. Qualified recruiter/firms--who are unable to find a Canadian or permanent resident, for a permanent job--will be enabled to think about aspirants from the bank who cater to their particular requirements.

Question: Will recruiters/firms in the Maple Leaf Country be in a position to duly access the Express Entry bank openly?
Answer: Recruiters/firms will be in a position to access aspirants in the pool via Job Bankevne while Express Entry &Job Bank will let qualified Recruiters/firms in the nation and entitled trained nationals from abroad to develop links with one another without any problems.

Question: Can a recruiter--who presently hires a temporary foreign worker (TFW)--make use of Express Entry to shore-up his petition for the permanent residence status?
Answer: Yes! As long as the TFW is in Canada working, under a positive Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA), the recruiter can provide him with a permanent job, to prop-up his petition for permanent residence. It is essential that the TFW generates an Express Entry profile and incorporates his work offer particulars. An employment offer duly backed by an LMIA will offer a candidate with adequate extra points and be positioned high enough to be sent an invite to put forward an application, at the coming eligible draw of aspirants.

Question: Does the danger of fraud from candidates or recruiters exist?
Answer: As already stated, the Administration of Canada has a zero tolerance for such cases even while it takes the scheme reliability incredibly seriously. The CIC expects the aspirants to be honest in their Application for Permanent Residence and for self-stated profile for Express Entry. At some point in processing, an immigration official will appraise &authenticate all information. Those who have furnished false details may be found inadmissible for distortion of facts, and might be prevented for a period of 5 years from submitting an application for permanent resident position. It comprises petitions completed by immigration agents & attorneys.

Question: Is it possible for an Express Entry applicant to arrive in Canada and begin working prior to he/she obtains his/her PR Permit?
Answer: No, the applicants for Express Entry cannot typically arrive in the nation, for job purposes, until and unless he is armed with his permanent resident permit. In some specific situations, applicants will already be in the nation with an impermanent work visa.

Disclaimer: Here, some frequently asked questions--involving Canada Express Entry Program, and their answers--have been provided so that the aspirants for the well-liked program do not have any doubts, and are not plagued with any uncertainties about the scheme. This has been prepared by Linga Reddy, Founder,Dee Ed Tech Inc for general information and is not to be copied for commercial use. While efforts have been made to confirm correctness of all information, it is strongly recommended that the candidate checks with all available resources before taking any steps.

Canada Express Entry—How to increase your chances of getting selected from the pool!

From January 1, 2015 Canada Express Entry has officially become operational. The response to the programme so far has been phenomenal. Here below are given some tips to do well in the Express Entry Pool and get bounced out unhurt.

1. Language Testing is important

Minus an official language test from any of these, namely, IELTS or CELPIP, you will not manage to sail past the gatekeeper wizard to even start concluding your profile. It is essential that your language scores are in hand when you begin the first screening procedure. In case you are not armed with the scores, it’s futile to waste your time even beginning to fill out the first few questions with the reason being you will be blocked inside the first some screens.

In addition, you need to keep in mind that currently the CIC does not prefer the previous CELPIP-G tests. You ought to be writing the CELPIP – General 2014. In case your CELPIP exam does not clearly specify CELPIP-General 2014, you will learn you are in the right place as the drop down choices the EE portal proffers you will match up to your scores.

2. LMIAs govern the Express Entry world

It must be clearly seen from the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) by now that those having an employment offer--duly confirmed by a standard or permanent LMIA will most surely be proffered an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for Permanent Residence (PR) in the Maple Leaf Country. But not having one is not a reason why you must NOT apply under Express Entry! Despite job offers—duly backed by an LMIA--gather 600 points towards the utmost 1200 within the CRS, the CIC has pointed out frequently that they look forward to attracting people with high human capital &no LMIA in the starting draws.

3. Strictly avoid misrepresentation on your petition

Since there is no need whatsoever of any documentation at this stage, some will be rather motivated to put forward a profile that is not “entirely correct” with a view to find a high spot on the CRS. Avoid this as it won’t pay!

4. Express Entry wizard not be trusted

Sooner than later you will find out that in case you fail to conclude some specific sections of the Express Entry profile, your “Status” for that section will read “In Progress”. In case the section is 100% complete, it will read “Complete”. Despite the fact that this is all nice and good, a malfunction was seen in the system where in some particular cases, the Status read “Complete” with a good vertical row of green “Completes” for each form when some extra information still needed to be furnished.

5. Get some trustworthy person to proof read your profile prior to you present the same

It hardly matters who you are never, ever out forward your profile minus allowing it been reviewed by someone you trust. In spite of the fact that several of the fields are “drop-down” type menus, with restricted “fill able form” fields, still ample of room is there for people to fail to notice things.

Unlike the first-in, first-out arrangement that the CIC duly followed before, where petitions would get bounced as they were not fully complete--or the innocent old days when they would mail excellent deficiency letters and requesting people to bring up to date the file with anything that was thought missing--Express Entry will be a mean administrator.

In case you commit an error in your profile--via choosing the incorrect drop down item, or fail to remember to put in your LMIA issue & dates of expiry--no one will come to your rescue on the other side to indicate your fault. The CRS just reviews the statistics presented before it, and then utilizes the same to rank you against the raw data of another candidate. The same does not give counsel.


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