There are many routes you may explore as you look to move to Canada, but in recent years the Express Entry system has gained a lot of press. Let’s look at what it is and the criteria to use it, so you can see whether it is a valid option for you and your family’s relocation.
While there may be specific visa’s available for your country, by and large, the most common route to Canada is Express Entry.
What is Express Entry?
The Express Entry system was first introduced in January 2015 and is an online system used to fast-track people who bring skills that are currently required. Canada is a nation on the grow, and as such, it is hungry for workers who can help our nation flourish.
One Name, Three Programs
The Express Entry program is actually an umbrella for three separate programs – the Federal Skilled Worker Program, the Federal Skilled Trades Program and the Canadian Experience Class. Additionally, provinces can recruit potential immigrants through the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP). The latter is likely the one you have seen the most press for, as province regularly hold draws to fill specific needs gaps.
Express Entry Criteria
You can apply for Express Entry by fulfilling the minimum criteria. This is graded on a points-based system and looks at your nationality, age (18-45 is ideal), language ability (Canada is bilingual so fluency in either French or English is essential and ability in both is scored higher again), family members (including any that already live in Canada), education, work experience (if any of this has taken place in Canada you will get a points bonus) and the big one, whether you have a job lined up.
A Helping Hand
While the above are the primary factors in deciding if you are eligible for Express Entry, there is far more nuance to it than meets the eye. It is not simply a matter of being lucky enough to fulfil the conditions.
This is where we can help.
If you are a skilled worker, we can match you with employers across Canada to ensure you have a job offer in place. Then we’ll help to craft your immigration documents, providing you with the best possible chance to make Canada your new home.
Immigration is a big step, but you don’t need to make it alone.