Canada Immigration

Is Express Entry the right pathway to enter Canada this year?

Canada is on track to welcome over 400 thousand professional foreign immigrants to it’s workforce. Many foreign skilled workers are set to gain professional residency to the country via it’s Express Entry System in 2021.

The Canadian Express Entry System

The Canadian Express Entry system is designed to help professionally skilled immigrants who meet the specific criteria to expedite their Canadian citizenship requests. Tech workers are in high demand in Canada and worldwide. This makes the Express Entry system an ideal route to Canadian Citizenship for those who qualify. The Immigration Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is one of the agencies that is facilitating the push for more Canadian skilled workers.

For example, the IRCC recently held a historical Express Entry dewa that sent invitations to over 25 thousand qualified applicants. The applicants invited needed a minimum CSR of 75 and be eligible for the Canadian Experience Class (CES).

The IRCC has also conducted draws that target candidates who received nominations from a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP). As of February 2021, the number of ITA’s issues was more than triple the number of nominations at the same time last year. The Express Entry program has set a goal to welcome over 100 thousand foreign professionals in 2021.

How the Coronavirus is Impacting Express Entry

Currently, travel restrictions are effecting the smooth transition of the new initiative. The Minister of Immigration is making provisions that make it easier for temporary professional residents in Canada to make a smooth transition to permanent residency. For this reason, now is a great time for qualified applicants to start the Express Entry process.

People who are completing the Express Entry process from within the country may currently have an advantage of immigrants who are outside of the country. With the application process at a slow crawl and sometimes a standstill, applicants who are already in Canada may have a better chance of being selected than applicants who are currently prohibited from traveling to the country by coronavirus travel restrictions.

Express Entry Applicants In Canada

Once you’ve submitted your profile and you’re waiting for an Invitation to Apply (ITA) there are several important steps to take. Improve your Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score by submitting new language test results or other relevant educational credentials that can boost your application.

Take advantage of all available training and sponsorship options that would normally be unavailable due to an influx of applicants outside of the country. Follow up and keep track of application dates, status, requirements, important deadlines, and supplemental materials in order to improve your odds of being accepted into the Express Entry program. Applicants who are located in Canada currently have an advantage over applicants applying from abroad who are limited by coronavirus travel restrictions.

Express Entry Applicants Outside of Canada

Due to the current travel restrictions related to the coronavirus, IRCC will begin welcoming skilled workers from abroad when these restrictions are lifted. Applicants outside of Canada should consider beginning the Express Entry process by submitting their profile into the Express Entry pool as the process is lengthy and can take months to complete from the time of submission. Consider the timeline and when you want to officially migrate to Canada when completing your application.

Other preparations to consider are the testing and language requirements issues by the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP). The FSWP is the most common pathway for professionals who are abroad. Additional requirements to prepare for include the Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) which can also take months to complete.

Once you’ve officially received an ITA applicants will have 90 days to apply for permanent residence. Typical application processing at this stage now take about (6) months. Use this time to prepare your application support documents, secure necessary credentials, and learn more about the Canadian culture.

After your application is approved, you will receive your official Confirmation of Permanent Residence that is valid until your medical exam or foreign passport expires. This is one of the stages that is currently seeing a backlog of applicants and processing due to the coronavirus travel restrictions currently in place.

Conclusion

Whether you are an Express Entry applicant applying from Canada or a foreign professional applicant applying from abroad, now is a great time to get your Express Entry application credentials prepared. The FSWP is preparing to introduce hundreds of thousands of skilled applicants into the Canadian work pool in 2021. If you’re interested in applying for permanent or professional residency in Canada, get yourself prepared to be at the front of the line when application processing resumes. Take advantage of this downtime to improve your skills, learn more about Canadian culture and technology, get a clear understanding of how the Express Entry process works. Finally, be ready when application processing picks up after coronavirus travel restrictions are lifted.

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