Express Entry has improved Canada’s approach to skilled worker immigration in important ways to work in Canada
Express Entry system is started in January 2015 marked a momentous departure from Canada’s previous approach to managing applications from its main Economic Class immigration programs.
Earlier Express Entry’s Starts, Canada managed applications to the Federal Skilled Worker Class (FSWC), Federal Skilled Trades Class (FSTC) and Canadian Experience Class (CEC) on a first-come, first-served basis.
This methoddesigned that all candidates were guaranteed to have their applications reviewed, those who met the requirements for permanent residence.
Under Express Entry, eligible candidates for the FSWC, FSTC and CEC programs as well as a portion of Canada’s Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) are placed based on a basis of score which is known as the Comprehensive Ranking System, or CRS.
The CRS calculate on some factors such as age, education, skilled work experience and proficiency in English or French and the highest-ranked candidates are invited to apply for Canadian permanent residence.
The arrival of Express Entry helped to clear this surfeit and decrease the time to wait for six months or less.
Express Entry draws provide a clearrequirementto the candidates of the number of CRS points they need to have to obtaining an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residence.
This year the candidates with scores ranking Between 439 and 472 issued an ITA. This states candidates with a CRS score around 459 to look into possibilities for increasing their CRS score.
Possibilities for improving a candidate’s CRS score include improving language test results, gaining additional work experience, studying in Canada, or obtaining a job offer or a provincial nomination, among others.
Candidates who are young and having high levels of education and English and/or French proficiency, and have Canadian experience (e.g., as foreign workers or international students) can achieve a higher CRS.
Moreover, candidates with a job offer or a provincial nomination are awarded additional points (600 for a provincial nomination), as are candidates with Blood Relation in Canada.
Express Entry meeting expectations
Overall, Express Entry’s strengths outshine its limitations and the system is meeting expectations.
The federal government has also determined policy flexibility since January 2015 by introducing reforms to Express Entry For example, the view that Express Entry was not giving enough preference to international students led to changes whereby international students are now awarded up to 30 additional points under the CRS.
These changes are a reminder that, even after five years, Express Entry work is in progress and the federal government will continue to identify ways to improve it.
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