- Foreign nationals who wish to migrate to Canada under the category of skilled workers can use Express Entry, a fast-track system
- All-program Express Entry draws are to resume on July 6, 2022
- The NOC system categorizes jobs to modernize immigration procedure
- The Canadian government uses an electronic key to provide safe access
The foreign nationals who are willing to migrate to Canada through the Express Entry pathway, also known as the fast-track system. The three federal immigration programs have their requirements to be met by the foreign nationals. On the positive side, all-program Express Entry draws are to resume on July 6, 2022.
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Canada’s Express Entry Pool
Foreign nationals who wish to migrate to Canada under the skilled workers category can use Express Entry, a fast-track system, by creating an online portal and applying according to their eligibility under any of the three federal immigration programs.
- The Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP),
- The Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP), and
- The Canadian Experience Class (CEC)
Each of these programs has its own requirements that are to be met by the foreign nationals. On the positive side, all-program Express Entry draws are to resume on July 6, 2022.
Steps to enter the Express Entry pool
Step-1: Use the online Express Entry eligibility tool
The first step to accessing the Express Entry pool for a foreign nationals is to find out if they are eligible by answering a few questions on the federal government website.
Questions the foreign nationals will be asked are:
- The province they wish to immigrate to
- Language tests and scores
- Work experience
Once the candidate is proved eligible, the website will provide a personal reference code to the foreign national through the website that is valid for a couple of months. The applicant must record this personal reference code until the candidate applies for immigration online.
Step-2: Use electronic key to secure IRCC account information
The Canadian government uses an electronic key to provide safe access and ensure the applicant’s information is kept confidential, allowing the individuals to create Express Entry profiles.
Having a secure account to access immigration and citizenship online services is integral. This account allows you to start, submit, pay and receive information, check the status, and update information on your application.
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An online user may create a secure IRCC account by registering in two ways:
- Government of Canada Key (GCKey), or
- Credit union or bank that partners with SecureKey Technologies
Once the electronic key has been created, a foreign national should create a new account and select “Express Entry” to continue.
At this step, the applicant must enter the given personal reference code, which looks something like QK4350881372.
Step-3: Necessary documents to complete Express Entry profile
The applicant must have documents like language test results, NOC code, and job title to fill the Express Entry profile application, which must be completed within 60 days.
Even though the above-mentioned documents need not be uploaded to submit their profile to their Express Entry system, they may need some information from the documents like:
- Language test results
- A passport or travel document
- Provincial nomination (optional)
- Written job offer from an employer in Canada (optional)
- Proof of sufficient funds
- Certificate of qualification in a trade occupation issued by a Canadian province or territory (optional)
- Proof of work experience, and
- Proof of Canadian education or an educational credential assessment report for immigration purposes
The Express Entry system is made available to the immigration candidates working in any of the 500 occupations under the National Occupational Classification (NOC) system based on the job responsibilities.
The NOC system categorizes jobs to modernize immigration procedure
Professional jobs that require a university degree are either technical or Skill Level A jobs that need a college diploma or training as a student, classified as Skill Level B.
The intermediate jobs that require on-the-job training or a secondary school education are classified as Skill Level C, and on-the-job training is ranked as Skill Level D.
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Once the foreign nationals have finished, reviewed, and submitted their Express Entry profile, a webpage to confirm the application will appear and further provide information on what to do next.
The applicants are also sent an e-mail to confirm their profile submission to the Express Entry pool.
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