This article is the first in a five-part series which deep-dives into the Express Entry Program in Canada. It will cover everything you need to know about the program from how it works, the different types of programs, and more! Let’s get started!
The Express Entry Program (EE) in Canada was designed for skilled immigrants and professionals that wish to settle in Canada permanently. This program was launched on January 1, 2015 and replaced the original “first-come, first-served” immigration system. The EE program consists of 3 main categories: Federal Skilled Workers Program, Federal Skilled Trades Program, and the Canadian Experience Class.
This program was created as a way to address regional labour shortages in Canada in a approximately 347 eligible positions covering anything from computer engineers, programmers, and software developers, accountants, supervisors in the automotive industry, and doctors, to name a few. The occupations are primarily managerial, professional or technical in nature.
The Federal Skilled Trades Program is for skilled workers who want to become permanent residents based on being qualified in a skilled trade. Skilled trades for the Federal Skilled Trades Program are organized under these groups of the National Occupational Classification (NOC):
The Canadian Experience Class (CEC) is for skilled workers who have Canadian work experience and want to become permanent residents. It was developed for temporary foreign workers and foreign graduates with qualifying Canadian work experience.
Under this program, skilled work experience means:
There are various factors that come into play when determining how long the entire process takes. For example, skilled workers and those with work experience in an industry with high-demand can obtain permanent residency through the Express Entry Program in as little as 4 – 6 months. The next articles will cover the admission process and the qualifications required under each program. Stay tuned!
And if you’re interested in finding out if Express Entry is a good option for you, get started here.