We choose skilled immigrants as permanent residents based on their ability to settle in Canada and take part in our economy. There is a new system to manage how people with skilled work experience apply to immigrate to Canada. It is called Express Entry.

How does Express Entry work?

Step 1) Potential candidates complete an online Express Entry profile

Potential candidates will complete an online Express Entry profile. This is a secure form that they will use to provide information about their:
• Skills,
• Work experience,
• Language ability,
• Education, and
• Other details that will help us assess them.
Those who meet the criteria of one of the federal immigration programs listed above will be accepted into a pool of candidates.

Step 2) The highest-ranking candidates in the pool will be invited to apply for permanent residence

Candidates will be ranked against others in the pool using a point-based system called the Comprehensive Ranking System. Points are awarded using the information in their profile.
Candidates with the highest scores in the pool will be issued an invitation to apply. Candidates will be awarded points for:
• A job offer, and/or
• A nomination from a province or territory, and/or
• Skills and Experience factors.
A candidate can get additional points for:
• Qualifying education in Canada
• A valid job offer or
• A nomination by a province or territory
These additional points can make a candidate rank high enough to be invited to apply at the next eligible round of invitations.

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