Canada Immigration – Express Entry Program Guidelines

This comprehensive information about Canada Permanent Residence Visa is compiled optimistically to enlighten our readers about the budding opportunities of permanent settlement in Canada. Considering the massive demand for Canada Immigration, we have attempted to elaborate the step by step process to apply for Canada PR with as much lucidity as possible. This post would leave a note of alacrity for our readers and prospective aspirants looking forward to Canada Immigration.

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Guidelines to Apply for Express Entry Program

Skilled workers along with their family members can migrate to Canada through Express Entry Immigration Program. The program introduced in 2015 is the most highlighted Immigration pathway globally and candidates from across the world are keen to apply Canadian PR. Popular as a life-changing dream destination to settle down with the family, Canada could be one of the finest countries for you. In view of the aspects like good quality of living, education, medical benefits, decent salary, and career prospects, Canada has been rated as one of the top nations to work and settle down permanently under the Express Entry Immigration program.

Express Entry is an online portal for an immigration application to Canada. The Immigration process has been made online with the progression of technology to speed up the application process time. It allows potential candidates to submit a profile to be considered for the Canada PR application. An Express Entry profile must be created and filled up online with your basic information like age, education, work experience, language exam test report, etc. Candidates with the top rankings are invited to apply for Canada permanent residency.

There are 3 federal programs under which one can apply for Canada PR under the Express entry category, each having specific requirements.

  • Federal skilled worker program
  • Federal skilled trades program
  • Canadian Experience Class

Federal Skilled Workers Program [FSWP] – This economic immigration program allows a skilled worker to apply for Canada PR based on their age, experience, education and language proficiency. The program works on a point based system which requires you to secure a minimum 67 points to qualify.

Federal Skilled Trades Program [FSTP] – This program is designed for individuals to apply for permanent residence who are possessing skills in a specific trade.

Canadian Experience Class [CEC] – The program is applicable for overseas workers who have worked in Canada for a minimum of 1 year and wish to become permanent residents of Canada.

Applicants successfully meeting the requisites of the federal programs mentioned above are added into a pool of candidates. The candidates who rank the best and highest in the pool are invited to apply for a permanent residence visa. We will discuss below the ranking system while in the Express Entry pool based on which the candidates are shortlisted for Canada Immigration.

  • Increase your language score by retaking IELTS exam
  • Valid job offers with LMIA [Labor Market Impact Assessment] clearance to get a higher rank
  • Provide relevant work experiences as per the guidelines
  • A provincial or territorial nomination can add additional points.

The lucrative work culture of Canada fascinates present-day skilled workforce to consider migrating to the country for permanent settlement. Potential candidates are in a lookout for Are you one among them planning to apply for Canada permanent residence visa? You are not the only person in the game. Over lakhs of candidates are opting for Canada immigration programs to give a concrete shape to their PR dreams and abroad settlement. Receiving Canada PR is followed by an application of citizenship by most of the candidates. That is the ultimate goal in the majority of cases.

Canada is one of the most developed countries with robust economic growth. All credits to its ever-burgeoning economy that increases the demand for working professionals every year. The government’s focus on diversification and expansion is creating a ground for employment opportunities in various fields. The requirements surpass the resources available locally. Hence arises the demand to attract overseas talented workers to Canada for employment. This vacuum created in the local labor market of Canada has created the need to draw foreign workers to the country through the Canada immigration programs. Intake of the labor force from outside can fill up this skill shortage.

Canadian government has introduced the Express Entry Immigration program to address this skill shortage and shot up the intake of foreign workers in the country who can contribute to the growth of the country’s economy. In this blog, we will discuss in detail about the Express Entry program and the eligibility criteria you must match up to be able to apply for the program.

Applying for Canada Express Entry requires the prospective candidates to be well conversant with the complete process. An in-depth analysis of the program is the primary prerequisite. Potential skilled workers must submit an Express Entry profile for permanent residence in the Express Entry pool. The program is a point-based system where each profile is assigned a CRS [Comprehensive Ranking System] score. Eligible candidates are ranked for permanent residence applications depending on this score in the Express Entry pool. In the following segments, we will construe explicitly on the Express Entry profile creation and Comprehensive Ranking System.

According to the trend and the point systems, it is a clear indication that the Express entry program favors applicants who are very fluent in English and French, young having good education and work experience. To be eligible to create an Express Entry profile you must undergo a language exam and complete your Education credential assessment. To qualify in the language proficiency category, you must write the IELTS exam. For ECA [Educational Credential Assessment] you must get your education credentials assessed by a Canadian assessing authority for claim equivalency as per the Canadian education standard. Completing both the language exam and ECA you must calculate if you are reaching 67 points. If you meet all these three aspects, you will be able to create your Express Entry profile.

Create your Express Entry profile based on the important factors like your age, total years of work experience, highest educational qualification, language exams, spouse factors etc. You must learn about the right NOC code from the Canada national occupation list that is suitable according to your work profile. The Express Entry profile must be created based on the NOC code. Once your profile is created you will be granted a CRS [Comprehensive Ranking System] score out of 1200 on each parameter mentioned above.

The Comprehensive Ranking System or CRS is based on points awarded to a potential applicant on factors such as age, education, experience, language proficiency, and other factors. There is a total score of 1200 points out of which points are allotted to the candidates. The system evaluates the Express Entry profile of each candidate and bestows a rank to the Express Entry profile based on the total score. Candidates can work towards improvising the CRS score from time to time and update their Express Entry profile until the profile is selected for invitation.

After submitting the profile, you will receive an Express Entry profile number and a job seeker validation code. With these details, you must link your Express Entry profile to the Canadian job bank. Canada job bank is a database which gives you a chance to match your profile with the job requirements posted by the Canadian employers. Potential candidates may get in touch with prospective employers here and explore the job opportunities available in Canada. If a candidate can secure an employment offer with an LMIA [Labor Market Impact Assessment] clearance, they can claim additional points for a job offer. That will heighten their chances to receive a quicker invitation from CIC for permanent residence through one of the economic immigration programs.

There is no specific timeline for immigration programs. As the processes involve a lot of intricacies and steps, any immigration program you apply for will take a considerable amount of time. Canada Express Entry program can take around 7 to 12 months or even beyond these based on various factors like your language exam score, ECA, CRS score, the cutoff points etc.

The total application fee charged for the Canada Express Entry program is CAD 1040. The processing fee is CAD 550 and the right of Permanent Residence fee is CAD 490. The same fees are applicable if you include your spouse in your application. For a dependent child, the application fee is CAD 150. There is no right of Permanent Residence Fee applicable for a dependent child.

You can pay the Permanent Residence fee when your application for PR is approved by the CIC. To avoid any delays in the process and in the later part, you can also pay the Permanent Residence fee along with the application fee while submitting the PR application. If your Canada PR application is denied, the Permanent Residence fee will be refunded to you.

Canada PNP – Provincial Nominee Program:

Apart from the other programs, the Express Entry system manages the immigration application of a few Provincial Nominee Programs [PNP], as well. In this blog, we are going to talk about the Canada Immigration process through the PNP – Provincial Nominee Program.

The candidates who are not able to get through the FSW Program due to less qualifying CRS Score. These candidates have another option of going through the Provincial Nominations. If applied under the provincial Nominee Program, one province from Canada would be giving the applicant invitation for the PR. But then there would be more chances for an applicant to get the invitation under the PNP process. Also, if one is invited by a province, the applicant is required to stay and work in that province for at least 3 years initially. There are 11 different provinces open under the PNP program, for an applicant to choose and apply based on eligibility. 

In here, the applicant gets the advantage of additional points:

  • For selecting one province. (A profile gets added with 600 additional points under PNP).
  • Considering the work experience of 5 years and above.

Simple steps to follow for applying for Canada PR Visa through PNP:

  • Submit your EOI to the province you are eligible for applying for.
  • Wait for the Nomination certificate, keep checking your email and the EOI account for the updates and notifications.
  • On acceptance, you need to gather all the required documents.
  • Start filling forms and uploading the documents, make sure you submit the application within a given period of time.
  • Await the response from the CIC, regarding your PR Visa decision.

Eligibility Criteria:

The eligibility criteria might vary a bit for every province, however, there would not be a huge difference in the criteria mentioned for the Express entry, in general. Do contact us for checking the acceptance rate of your profile with the province in which you are planning to settle.

Below mentioned are the Provincial Nominee Programs available, with different requirements to be eligible for applying the Canada PR.

Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP):

A major part of the potential immigrants is adopting this province for applying the PR. Since this Saskatchewan along with being an IT hub offering a high employment rate, it also is a place of modest lifestyle and diversified community life. The eligible applicants need to apply for the nomination through the Online express entry system. On the receipt of the acceptance, the applicant needs to submit the main application to the SINP within the stipulated time.

Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP):

The AINP is the Provincial Nominee Program of Alberta, primarily managed by the Alberta Government along with the CIC. Under this stream, the proposed candidates with proper qualifications and work experience from the province will be eligible to be nominated from Alberta. The individuals upon the receipt of the nomination can apply for the petition for the Canadian PR along with the family members (dependents) via the CIC and then it takes the final decision on the applications.

Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP):

The MPNP would consider the skilled immigrants who have applied for the occupation which falls under the Manitoba In-Demand occupation list. This list is primarily based on the labor needs, shortages, and economic requirements of the Manitoba province. The applicant is required to lodge the EOI through the MPNP Login and wait for the nomination.

Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP):

The OINP started in order to meet the requirements of the labor market which cannot be satisfied by the local skilled workers. Therefore, the suitable potential immigrants who are fulfilling the criteria which the province has laid down would be nominated acceptance form the Province. There are 3 different categories, where the applicant is likely to receive the notification of interest from the province named as Human Capital category, Employer Job Offer Category, and Business category. Once the acceptance is there, one needs to submit the application to the OINP within a time period of 45 days from the date the province sends the notification of interest to the applicant.

Northwest Territories Nominee Program (NTNP):

The NTNP has 2 programs, where the applicants can check and apply under the appropriate category. One is the Northwest Territories Employer Driven Program and the second one is the Northwest Territories Business Immigration Program. The eligible applicants will be nominated and then can proceed with the PR application.

Yukon Nominee Program (YNP):

The Yukon Nominee Program also has 3 different programs where the applicants are expected to receive the nominations from the Province.

  • Yukon Express Entry (YEE)
  • Skilled Worker
  • Critical Impact Worker
  • Business Nominee

Atlantic Immigration Pilot Programs

Diversified culture through immigration is one of the prime features of Canada in the present day. The government is promoting it more and more to make the country conducive to the settlement of immigrants for the economic, social, and cultural benefit of the nation. The Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program is introduced since March 2017 to attract skilled immigrants to the Atlantic Provinces for permanent settlement. This program is expected to accelerate the settlement of migrants in these areas of Canada. According to the updates from Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) around 200 candidates are expected to be enlisted for Permanent Residence through this program. The application process will be carried on for three years to meet the local labor shortage demand.

The quaint Atlantic charms and the laid-back lifestyle appeals to many skilled workers worldwide to fantasize a living here. And so, this program may pave the path for many such working professionals to find a way out to migrate to Canada. Many Indian Nationals have moved to Canada in search of good work-life balance and better career opportunities. It can be slightly daunting to stride through a sea of information.  You may keep this blog bookmarked to keep the information at your disposal.

What is the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program?

The Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program is an association created by the Canadian government with the four Atlantic Provinces to address the skilled labor shortage. The program allows an employer to hire qualified skilled workers to fill up the job vacancies in their companies that cannot be filled up due to a lack of local resource availability. A working professional can be based outside Canada or in Canada temporarily. The four Atlantic provinces are

  • Nova Scotia
  • New Brunswick
  • Newfoundland and Labrador
  • Prince Edward Island

The ever-diminishing workforce due to the aging population and movement of migrants to other prospective parts of Canada has potshot the necessity for immigrants to settle here permanently. The key requirement for qualifying this program is to bag a Canadian job offer. The program is fairly segregated into three new streams mentioned below

  • Atlantic High Skilled Program
  • Atlantic Intermediate Skilled Program
  • Atlantic International Graduate Program

Eligibility Requirements

In this section let us dig deeper to gain a wide-ranging insight into how the above programs work and the eligibility requirements.

Atlantic High Skilled Program

This program is designed for highly skilled professionals meeting the below parameters

  • Working in management or any other skilled jobs for at least a year
  • Having a high school Canadian diploma or an overseas equivalent degree
  • Meet the language score requirement
  • Educational Credential Assessment Report
  • Can display sufficient financial asset to support self and family while in Canada

 Atlantic Intermediate Skilled Program

This program is meant for the Intermediate skilled workers with below qualifications

  • Worked in a job for a minimum of 1-year duration which needs a specific job training
  • Having a high school Canadian diploma or an overseas equivalent degree
  • Meet the language score requirement
  • Educational Credential Assessment Report
  • Can display sufficient financial asset to support self and family while in Canada

Atlantic International Graduate Program

This program is identified for internationals graduates meeting the following requirements

  • Holds a valid degree or diploma from an authorized institute in the Atlantic provinces
  • Resided in an Atlantic province for 16 months in the 2 years before getting the education degree or diploma
  • Meet the language score requirement
  • Can display sufficient financial asset to support self and family while in Canada

Employer-Driven Process – How to Apply?

The program is a ton different from the Express Entry program where you compete with a pool of candidates based on the Comprehensive Ranking System. The Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program is basically employer-driven. Hereunder this program, the employers must apply to get the designated status to be eligible to hire a potential candidate. Only if they have become designated employers, they are allowed to hire overseas skilled workers to fill up the job positions in the Atlantic provinces. So when you migrate you know you have a job offer. Further to it, the employer does not require to obtain a Labor Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) to offer a job to a prospective candidate.

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Settlement Plan Assistance and Endorsement Process

The Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program is conveyed with a requirement for a settlement plan. The employer post recruitment may connect you to a recognized settlement provider in the province. These organizations work to efficiently settle overseas workers in Canada under the Pilot program. The recruit then must contact the agencies to appeal for a needs plan to settle them and their family in Canada. Once the selected agency provides the settlement plan to the applicant and they forward it to the designated employer in Canada. The employer then initiates the provincial endorsement application process under the particular stream the applicant has been recruited for. Post-approval the province will dispatch an endorsement letter to the applicant for further processing.

AIPP Document Checklist and Application Process

While your designated employer works on the endorsement application to get the endorsement referral letter, you can start working on filling up the application forms and gathering the relevant documents as per the AIPP document checklist. Keeping the application forms and documents beforehand is advisable to avoid getting stuck if any unforeseen event pops up. Let us take a glance on through the basic document requirements for Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program

  • Original Passport
  • Photographs
  • Employment reference letter
  • Offer letter, payslips, tax statements
  • Bank statements with sufficient balance meeting the fund’s requirement
  • Application forms
  • Covering letter
  • Endorsement referral letter
  • Valid employment offer from a designated employer
  • The fee payment receipt
  • Educational Credential Report
  • Language Exam Score Report

Temporary Work Permits Available before Permanent Residence

Prospective Skilled Workers under The Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program will be eligible to apply for a temporary work permit with a valid full-time employment offer from a designated employer in an Atlantic Province, an LMIA exemption number, a referral letter from the Atlantic province and an obligation to apply for permanent residence within 3 months from temporary work permit application submission.

Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program Fee

The application processing fee is CAD550 and the permanent residence fee is CAD 490 for the primary applicant. For spouses the same fees are applicable. The permanent residence fee can be paid later. However, it is good to pay the fees together to dodge any delays in the process. For a dependent child the fee is CAD 150. In case if you are required to provide your biometrics per head the fee will be CAD 85. For a family of 2 and above the fee will be CAD 170. The fees can be paid online. You must keep a receipt of the fee payment and attach a copy of it along with the AIPP application set before dispatching to Canada for processing.

Benefits of Canada PR

A massive country by vastness and economy, Canada offers remarkable opportunities and facilities to its citizens and foreign nationals who become Permanent Residents. Swarm of skilled professionals from every corner of the planet is migrating to Canada attracted by the privileges and benefits of being a Canadian permanent resident. Let us have a look at the appealing benefits provided by the Canadian government.

  • Canadian PR status lets you live, work or study anywhere in Canadian provinces and territories and enjoy many other benefits like citizens of Canada
  • A Canadian permanent resident is eligible to sponsor their family members to be in Canada and get a permanent residency visa.
  • A permanent resident can apply for Canadian Citizenship after working for 3 consecutive years in Canada and filing income taxes.
  • A Canadian PR visa holder can work anywhere in Canada under any employer.
  • A permanent resident can have access to subsidized post-secondary education being provided by the federal as well as provincial governments in Canada.
  • The Canadian permanent residents receive several social security services, i.e.
  • Basic pension subsidized lodging for low-income individuals
  • Worker’s compensation
  • Unemployment insurance
  • Subsidy on medication for low-income people up to 98%
  • Free courses for job search training
  • Subsidized private nurseries
  • The permanent residents of Canada are protected under Canadian law and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms

This blog is written to share a deeper insight into the Canada PR visa implications eventually after receiving the PR. If you are aspiring working professional pondering over making an application for Canada permanent resident visa, get a comprehensive idea about the several benefits you can avail as a Canadian PR holder.


Permanent Residence Status

Holding a Canada PR

Holding a Canada PR, you get to enjoy the status of permanent resident in Canada. This will entitle you to work and reside anywhere across Canada and enjoy the facilities equivalent to the Canadian citizens. With a Canadian PR, you can enter and exit the country as and when required without getting involved in major paper works as long as your PR is valid.

Apply for Citizenship

Apply for citizenship after..

A Canadian Permanent Resident may legitimately apply for citizenship after working and staying in Canada for 3 to 5 years and paying the taxes consistently. Getting citizenship would make you eligible to enjoy all the facilities of a Canadian citizen. This is certainly the most advantageous aspect based on which people in all probabilities are inclined to get Canada permanent residence visa.

Freedom to work

Reside and work..

A holder of Canada PR[FSW] visa is free to move around and reside and work in the province under any employer in Canada. A PR holder is not tied to a particular employer in a particular province. They can choose any location and organization within Canada and work in a profession of their choice. Also with your Canada PR status you are allowed to sponsor eligible family members.

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 The process is not very complicated but you need to put a lot of time and effort during the course of the process because it is time taking and a multi-stage program. So to take up this work on your behalf, you can contact us and relax. Only bother yourselves, when we reach out to you for the process-related documents or information.

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