Canada’s Express Entry FAQ’s

What is Canada’s Express Entry Program? 

The Express Entry Program is a selection system for skilled immigrants and it is designed to get them through the system at a faster rate. You have to be nominated in order to gain Express Entry, which is detected after the applicant has expressed interest. The process itself is electronic  which also allows for quicker applications to be processed.

Why does Canada allow you to have Express Entry? 

Express entry allows Canada’s labour market to gain skilled employees at a faster rate. A particular area may have a shortfall of skills and the need to source from outside of Canada becomes more apparent, therefore Express Entry allows for a much faster and more flexible process whereby the hiring organization can fulfill a position at a much faster rate.

How do you get Express Entry? 

There is a tool on the Canadian Immigration website entitled “Come To Canada” if you answer a few questions it will tell you whether you’re eligible to apply under the Express Entry program and how to go about it. Failing this, will need to be nominated in order to go through the Express Entry Program. 

How long does it take to get a Express Entry visa to Canada?

The IRCC (Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada) aims to process applications within six months from the date of submission, hence the name Express Entry. 

What is the Express Entry Pool? 

Candidates who create an Express Entry profile are eligible for Canada’s economic immigration programs. Federal Skilled Worker Class, Federal Skilled Trades Class, Canadian Experience Class and Provincial Nominee Programs. The government are able to select candidates from the pools to receive an invitation to apply for immigration to Canada.

How long does a candidates profile remain in the Express Entry Pool? 

Each profile remains in the Express Entry Pool for 12 months or until you get invited to become a permanent resident whichever is first. You may have to create a new profile after the 12 months is up as your previous one will expire.

Is there a limit on the number of candidates admitted to the Express Entry Pool? 

No, the Canadian government will keep inviting people as long as their is a need for their particular skill set.