EXPRESS ENTRY CANADA - SKILLED WORKERS/TRADES PROGRAM, CANADA EXPERIENCE CLASS and PROVINCIAL NOMINEES - immigration law firm Edmonton alberta canada
As of January 2015, there is a new system to manage how people with skilled work experience apply to immigrate to Canada. It is called Express Entry. Under Express Entry, people will first fill out an online profile that includes their language test scores, their Educational Credential Assessment (if they need one) and outlines their work experience. Based on their profiles, candidates will be ranked against others in a pool. On a regular basis, CIC will issue invite top candidates from the pool to apply for permanent residence. Only those who get an Invitation to Apply from CIC will be able to apply. Under this new system, most complete applications will be processed in six months or less. You must use Express Entry if you want to apply under Federal Skilled Worker Program, Federal Skilled Trades Program, Canadian Experience Class or as a Provincial Nominee in some cases. Learn more about Express Entry and how it works.
FEDERAL SKILLED WORKERS PROGRAM
Skilled work experience - Your work experience must be:
Language ability - You must meet the minimum language level of Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 7, and take a language test approved by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) that shows you meet the level for speaking, listening, reading and writing. You must show that you meet the requirements in English or French by including the test results when you complete your Express Entry profile. Your test results must not be more than two years old on the day you apply for permanent residence.
Education - You must have a Canadian secondary (high school) or post-secondary certificate, diploma or degree, or an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) report from an agency approved by CIC to show your foreign education is equal to Canadian education standards.
Six selection factors - If you meet all the conditions set out in the minimum requirements, CIC will assess your application based on the selection factors in the federal skilled worker points grid. The selection factors are:
Proof of funds - You must show that you have enough money to support yourself and your family after you arrive in Canada, unless you are currently able to legally work in Canada, and have a valid job offer from an employer in Canada.
FEDERAL SKILLED TRADES PROGRAM
To be eligible, you must:
Skilled Trades currently eligible for the Federal Skilled Trades Program are organized under these major and minor groups of the NOC:
Federal Skilled Trades Program applications must be made based on the 2011 version of the NOC. However, if the application includes a Labour Market Impact Assessment (previously Labour Market Opinion or LMO) from Employment and Social Development Canada based on the 2006 version of the NOC, it will be accepted by CIC as long as the applicant’s occupation corresponds to a 2011 NOC code that is eligible for the program.
Education: There is no education requirement for the Federal Skilled Trades Program. But, if you want to earn points for your education under Express Entry, you either need a Canadian post-secondary certificate, diploma or degree OR an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) report produced by an agency approved by CIC to show it is equal to Canadian education standards.
Language Ability: You must meet the minimum language level of Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 5 for speaking and listening, and Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 4 for reading and writing, and take a language test approved by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) that shows you meet the level for speaking, listening, reading and writing. You must show that you meet the requirements in English or French by including the test results when you complete your Express Entry profile. Your test results must not be more than two years old on the day you apply for permanent residence.
You will likely have to go to the province or territory to be assessed. You may also need an employer in Canada to give you experience and training. You should go to the website of the body that governs trades for the province/territory where you would like to live and work. The process is different depending on where you want to go. Each website has more details about whether you need a certificate of qualification to work in that province or territory in a specific skilled trade, and what you have to do to get one. If you work in a skilled trade and want to live in Canada permanently, use CIC’s Come to Canada tool to see if you are eligible for the Express Entry pool.
CANADIAN EXPERIENCE CLASS
You must have at least 12 months of full-time (or an equal amount in part-time) skilled work experience in Canada in the three years before you apply, have gained your experience in Canada with the proper authorization, meet the required language levels needed for your job for each language ability (speaking, reading, writing and listening) and plan to live outside the province of Quebec.
Experience: Self-employment and work experience gained while you were a full-time student (for example, on a co-op work term) does not count under this program. To be considered for the Canadian Experience Class, you need to have Canadian skilled work experience within three years of applying. According to the Canadian National Occupational Classification (NOC), skilled work experience means: Managerial jobs (NOC skill level 0), Professional jobs (NOC skill type A) or Technical jobs and skilled trades (NOC skill type B).
Your experience must be at least 12 months of full-time (30 hours of paid work per week or more) or an equal amount in part-time hours.Full Time: 30 hours/week for 12 months = 1 year full time (1560 hours)Part Time: 15 hours/week for 24 months = 1 year full time (1560 hours) OR 30 hours/week for 12 months at more than one job = 1 year full time (1560 hours).
You must show that you did the duties set out in the lead statement of the occupational description in the NOC, including all the essential duties and most of the main duties listed. If you do not show that your experience meets the description in the NOC, your application may not be accepted.Find out the NOC code, title and skill type or level for your job.
Education: There is no education requirement for Canadian Experience Class. But, if you want to earn points for your education under Express Entry, you either need a Canadian secondary (high school) or post-secondary certificate, diploma or degree, or an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) report produced by an agency approved by CIC to show your education is equal to Canadian education standards.
Language Ability: You must meet the minimum language level of Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 7 for NOC 0 or A jobs OR Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 5 for NOC B jobs, and take a language test approved by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) that shows you meet the level for speaking, listening, reading and writing. You must show that you meet the requirements in English or French by including the test results when you complete your Express Entry profile. Your test results must not be more than two years old on the day you apply for permanent residence or you will need to retake the tests.
Note: If your existing work permit is about to expire you may be eligible for a bridging open work permit. Bridging open work permits allow qualified applicants to keep working while they await a final decision on their permanent residence application.
Most provinces and territories in Canada have an agreement with the Government of Canada that lets them nominate immigrants who want to settle there. In many cases, you must apply directly to a province or territory to be considered under its Provincial Nominee Program (PNP). Find out more about Express Entry for skilled immigrants, including those nominated under certain streams of the PNP.
Language testing - You need to take a language test if you apply as a provincial nominee for a semi- or low-skilled job (NOC C or D), or under Express Entry for a Managerial job (NOC skill level 0), Professional job (NOC skill type A), or Technical job and skilled trade (NOC skill type B). This test will show if your ability to listen, speak, read and write in English or French meets a minimum standard. Check the websites below to learn about the standard for your chosen province or territory. Test results are usually valid for two years from the day you take the test.
You must apply in two stages. First, you must apply to the province or territory where you want to live. It will review your application based on two things: Province’s Immigration needs and if you really plan to live there. The criteria vary and can change without notice. You should visit one of the websites below for the most current information.
Websites of provinces and territories
How Express Entry worksIs your Express Entry profile about to expire? Express Entry profiles are valid for one year. See how you can re-create a profile once yours has expired.
Express Entry is used to manage applications for permanent residence under these federal economic immigration programs:
Ministerial Instructions set out the rules for governing the Express Entry application management system.
The Express Entry system has two steps:
Step 1) Potential candidates complete an online Express Entry profilePotential candidates will complete an online Express Entry profile. This is a secure form that they will use to provide information about their:
Anyone who does not already have a job offer supported by a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) (if you need one), or a nomination from a province or territory, must register with Employment and Social Development Canada’s (ESDC) Job Bank. Job Bank will help connect Express Entry candidates with eligible employers in Canada.
Candidates are also encouraged to promote themselves to employers in other ways, such as using job boards, recruiters etc.
For a job offer to be valid in Express Entry and receive points, employers will need an LMIA from ESDC. The LMIA process ensures employers have made an effort to hire Canadians and permanent residents for available jobs. There will be no LMIA fee for permanent resident applications.
Note: Entry into the Express Entry pool does not guarantee a candidate will be issued an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residence. Invited candidates still have to meet eligibility and admissibility requirements under Canada’s immigration law (Immigration and Refugee Protection Act).
Step 2) THE HIGHEST-RANKING CANDIDATES IN THE POOL WILL BE INVITED TO APPLY FOR PERMANENT RESIDENCE
Candidates will be ranked against others in the pool using a point-based system called the Comprehensive Ranking System. Points are awarded using the information in their profile.
Candidates with the highest scores in the pool will be issued an Invitation to Apply. Candidates will be awarded points for:
If someone is invited to apply, they will have 60 days to submit an online application for permanent residence.
Citizenship and Immigration Canada will process the majority of complete applications (meaning those with all the necessary supporting documents) in six months or less.
Candidates can stay in the pool for up to 12 months. If they do not get an Invitation to Apply for permanent residence within 12 months of submitting an Express Entry profile, they may submit a new profile. If they still meet the criteria, they can re-enter the pool. This will prevent backlogs and ensure quick processing times.
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