Did you know that Canada anticipates welcoming 401,000 new permanent residents in 2021, 411,000 in 2022, and 421,000 in 2023? Canada is one of the world’s safest countries. It also has a diverse population and a strong economy. People from all over the world come to Canada for a variety of reasons, the most common of which is to make a better life for themselves and their families.
If you want to join these numbers and immigrate to Canada, the Express Entry system, which expedites applications and processes them in as little as six months, is the best way to go.
Here’s a step-by-step guide to obtaining Express Entry to Canada in 2022.
What is Express Entry?
The Express Entry system is an online immigration system for skilled workers who want to work in Canada and obtain permanent residency. Applicants will be placed in a draw pool, and successful candidates will be chosen and given an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residency.
The Express Entry system consists of three federal immigration programmes:
- Skilled Worker Program (Federal)
- Canadian Experience Class
- Federal Skilled Trades Program
The government determines which programme you qualify for after you submit your profile. If your name is drawn from the Express Entry draw pool, you will be given an ITA.
Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP)
The Federal Skilled Worker Program is intended for foreign workers with qualifications, work experience, or skills that can benefit the Canadian economy.
The FSWP is one of the simplest Canadian immigration options because it does not require work experience. So, what are the prerequisites for applying for FSWP? Let us take a look.
Qualifications for the Federal Skilled Worker Program
A year of skilled work experience in a NOC skill type 0, A, or B is required (full-time or part-time amounting to the same hours)
A minimum of 7 points on the Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) (which is a minimum of 6 points in all four sections of the IELTS)
At the very least, a secondary school diploma (high school).
If the Federal Skilled Worker Program is not for you, the Federal Skilled Trades Program may be your best bet for gaining Express Entry to Canada in 2022.
Federal Skilled Trades program
The Federal Skilled Trade Program (FSTP) is designed for foreign workers with work experience in specific trade occupations who can contribute to the growth of the Canadian economy.
This programme enables foreign workers with skills in eligible trade occupations to work in Canada and obtain permanent residency.
Federal Skilled Trades Program Requirements;
- Have at least two years of full-time or part-time work experience totalling the same number of hours.
- Meet the language levels required for each section of the language ability test.
- Meet the skilled trade job requirements outlined in the National Occupational Classification (NOC)
- Have a job offer that is valid for at least a year
- A qualification certificate in a specific skilled trade issued by a Canadian provincial, territorial, or federal authority.
If you already have some work experience in Canada, this next programme might be a good fit for you.
The Canadian Experience Program (CEC)
The Canadian Experience Class (CEC) is a programme for foreign workers seeking permanent residency in Canada who have gained work experience in Canada through a temporary work permit.
Canadian Experience Class Requirements (CEC)
Meet the language levels required for each section of the language ability test.
Have at least one year of skilled work experience in Canada (full-time or part-time for the same number of hours) within the last three years.
You must have gained work experience in Canada while on temporary resident status with work authorization.
Programs for Provincial Nominees (PNPs)
Did you know that provinces and territories can also recruit from the Express Entry pool through the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) to meet the needs of the Canadian market?
The Canadian provinces and the government reached an agreement under which certain provinces can nominate immigrants who want to live and work in that province.
When applying for permanent residence through a Provincial Nominee Program, you have two choices. You may:
Apply to a province or territory directly, or use the Express Entry-linked process.
If you apply directly to the province where you want to live, application processing times can range from 12 to 19 months. If you apply through the Express Entry system, however, the processing time can be as short as six months. If you apply through Express Entry, you will not only be kept in the draw pool for one year if you are not chosen, but you will also be eligible to receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) every two weeks.