Candidates for the FSWP and CEC will be invited beginning on Wednesday. We respond to some of the most frequently asked queries regarding Express Entry and its operation.
Sean Fraser, Canada’s Minister of Immigration, today announced on Twitter that all Express Entry draws will restart this Wednesday, July 6, following a break of more than 18 months.
Since December 2020, there have been no draws for the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) or the Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP). Draws for the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) were suspended in September 2021.
Following a backlog in applications for permanent resident status brought on by border closures and limitations as a result of the COVID-19 epidemic, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) put these stays in place.
This page will attempt to address some of your queries regarding Canada’s Express Entry application management system.
What programs are part of Express Entry?
For qualified candidates, Express Entry offers three distinct programmes, each with a particular work experience requirement, language requirement, educational requirement, and NOC skill code.
Federal Skilled Worker Program
The National Occupational Classification (NOC) skill codes 0, A, and B apply to skilled employees who have experience in those occupations. These individuals are eligible for the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP). Candidates should have:
- At least one year of full-time or equivalent paid work experience in the last 10 years.
- Language ability in either English or French equivalent to Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 7.
- A Canadian educational credential (certificate, diploma or degree) or a foreign educational credential and an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) report.
- Evidence of sufficient savings to support themselves and any dependents in Canada.
- Achieve a minimum score of 67 out of 100 on the FWSP grid based on factors such as age, education and work experience.
Federal Skilled Trades Program.
The Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP) is designed exclusively for workers with experience in skilled trades. The eligibility requirements are distinct from the FSWP in a number of respects:
- Applicants must either demonstrate two years of full-time work experience in their trade or have held equivalent part-time employment within the last five years.
- They must have a permanent full-time job offer or proof of qualification from a Canadian government agency.
- A speaking, and listening CLB in English or French of 5, and reading and writing CLB of 4.
Canadian Experience Class
The Canadian Experience Class (CEC) is designed for applicants who have already lived and worked in Canada.
- Applicants must demonstrate a full year of qualifying work experience in Canada within the last three years.
- Language requirements may vary depending on the applicant’s NOC classification. A CLB of 7 is required for occupations falling under NOC 0 or A, and a CLB of 5 is required for skilled trades or occupations falling under NOC B.
- Applicants must have a job and a place to live outside of Quebec.
What is An all-program draw?
In an all-program draw, applicants are selected from the entire Express Entry pool, regardless of which program they are eligible for. The only determining factor is their CRS score.
During the pandemic, draws for Express Entry programs were often limited to one program per draw.
How long does it take for Express Entry applicants to be granted permanent residency?
Immigration Minister Sean Fraser recently confirmed that all new Express Entry applications are processed within six months. This means that once an applicant has received an ITA and submitted their application, they will not have to wait longer than six months to find out if their permanent residence application has been approved.
Over the next three years, how many Express Entry applicants will be accepted?
According to the Immigration Levels Plan 2022-2024, Canada will admit and grant permanent resident status to more than 110,000 new Express Entry immigrants by 2024.
How will the TEER change affect Express Entry?
In November 2022, Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) will introduce a revised system to replace the current NOC system.
Under the NOC system, there are five classification levels: 0, A, B, C and D. The TEER (Training, Education, Experience and Responsibilities) system operates similarly, with each TEER level representing a skill and experience level for each occupation. There are six TEER levels, ranging from 0 (management occupations) to five (little work experience or formal education).
Under the TEER system, 16 new occupations are eligible for Express Entry, and three have been eliminated.
What can Express Entry applicants expect in the future?
Immigration Minister Sean Fraser has announced major investments in modern technology and hiring additional staff to speed up the process. Prime Minister Trudeau recently announced a new task force that will review government services such as immigration applications and passports to improve the standard and speed of service.
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