A Look at Express Canadian Entry

For those who wish to expedite the immigration process into the country, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) will begin accepting express entries beginning in January of 2015. While quicker processing and more targeted jobs are seen as a benefit, it is still a fact that the applications can be challenging. Let us have a closer look.

Express Entry and Expression of Interest

Similar to programmes in Australia and New Zealand, an applicant will supply the necessary credentials alongside an explanation of why he or she wishes to live and work within a certain Canadian province. This can be thought of as applying to a large company; Canada is the recruiter and the employment opportunities are the intended roles to be filled.

How Does it Work?

After a qualified application is received, it is placed within a "pool" of other candidates. Each form will then be reviewed by qualified personnel. To simplify things, the entire process can be segmented into five discrete steps. These are as follows:

1. An online Express Entry form will be filled in. This document will contain such information as one's skills, qualifications, languages, education and Canadian work experience.

2. For those without a current job offer, it will be necessary to register with the Canada Job Bank. This portal is a means by which employers within the private sector can find qualified candidates. Also, the Job Bank will enable the applicant to be selected for what are known as Provincial Nominee Programs which depend upon the needs of a specific labour market.

3. Once the profile is analysed and approved, it will be placed within the aforementioned candidate pool.

4. If one is selected, he or she will be contacted with an "Invitation to Apply". A sixty-day window will be allotted for residency.

5. Permanent residence may be granted through the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSW) or other similarly recognised organisations. This process is likewise performed online. Citizenship applications will normally be processed within six months.

Who is Able to Participate?

While the Federal Skilled Worker programme has limits in regards to the number of applicants, Express Entry is not capped; eliminating the chances that one does not gain entry into a limited list of applicants. All occupations are also able to take part in the Express Entry scheme.

A List of Advantages

Unlike existing systems, the Express Entry platform will enable individuals to highlight specific areas in which they excel. While experience is naturally valuable, the applicant will additionally have the option to focus upon his or her discrete skills. This leads to greater accuracy alongside more relevant (and appealing) job placements.

As the number of applicants applying for a certain position is not apparently limited, there is more of a focus upon quality as opposed to time or quantity (in comparison to the traditional FSW process). Thus, unfair advantages are reduced and provinces can instead seek out those who are the most qualified as opposed to those who simply submitted their applications first.

Future Concerns?

It should be noted that as this system is still quite new, there is still an amount of uncertainty. For instance, an applicant will only know if he or she has gained entry when an employer (or province) chooses their profile. Other concerns revolve around the possibility that an application limit may eventually be reached or the individual could simply be turned down by immigration officials. As the occurrence of backlogs in the Express Entry programme is a concern, any applicant who has not been approved after a period of one year will have their file removed from the system.


There is a number of steps that the prospective immigrant can take. Some of the most important are:


  • Taking and passing the IELTS language test.
  • Obtaining an assessment of a foreign diploma (Canada will supply the equivalent).
  • Compiling a thorough resume along with any recommendations and references.


We should also recall that any individuals who are already enrolled in another immigration programme will have to apply to the Express Entry system separately.

Above all, the Express Entry system is designed to streamline the immigration processes while highlighting Canada as an attractive residency proposition for skilled workers. For those who may be interested, it is important to keep abreast of the latest news and to carefully follow the Express Entry website; there is still a great deal of information to be revealed.

November 20, 2014

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