Canada is one of the few favorite destinations for immigrants and this is due to the fact that it ranks first in the “Liveability ranking”. The country offers the best in health care, safety, education, culture and environment and so much more to be in the best place to live. The easiest way to immigrate to Canada for those who wish is through the Canada Express Entry program, which is a new system introduced in 2015 to manage immigration to Canada with skilled work experience.
The Express Entry system allows you to become a permanent resident of Canada easily with the following programs:
· Federal Skilled Worker Program
· Federal program of skilled trades
· Canadian Experience Course
Additionally, the Provincial Candidate Program (PNP), whereby a province or territory appoints a candidate, also works with the express entry system.
How does Express Entry work?
To apply via the Express Entry system, you must:
1. Have your Express Entry profile online providing details such as your skills, language skills, education, work experience and other relevant details. Once the information provided in the profile is deemed suitable, you will join the Express Entry pool.
2. You are ranked in the pool using the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) depending on the skills and experience, education, language skills and other factors provided in your profile. If you get the highest score, you are invited to apply for the specific program within 90 days of the invitation.
How to immigrate to Canada under a provincial nomination program (PNP)?
Canadian provinces and territories have their own immigration programs and eligibility criteria for choosing skilled or semi-skilled workers under the PNP. Where you want to migrate as a provincial candidate, you must possess the necessary skills, work experience and education so that you can be a part of the community contributing to the growth of the respective province and country. However, the application guidelines change based on the province you are applying for and the application can be:
In a non-express entry flow, where you are required to go through a paper application process and confirm your eligibility and appointment from a particular province or territory.
· Under the express entry flow of a province, where you must meet the minimum requirements and criteria for quick entry. However, you must meet at least one of the immigration program requirements covered by the system.
Eligibility requirements for qualified migration programs
As a skilled or professional worker, you can easily migrate to Canada under the Federal Skilled Worker, Federal Skilled Trades, and Canadian Experience Class programs if you meet the following minimum eligibility requirements.
Working experience: For any of the three programs mentioned, you need at least one or two years of work experience, full-time or part-time of the same amount over the past ten, five, or three years. Your skilled work experience must fall within the relevant job listed in Skill Type 0 or Skill Level A or B in the national job classification list.
Language skills: Meet the language skills to speak, read, listen and write requests in English or French.
Education: A bachelor’s degree, diploma or certificate that may be a Canadian or foreign educational credential or equivalent to a Canadian secondary or post-secondary school if you are applying for the Federal Skilled Worker program.
Financial status: You must prove that you have enough money to support yourself and your family in Canada.