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Canadian Express Entry Resumed for Permanent Residency in Canada [2023]

Canada Resumes Express Entry on 6 July 2022 for Skilled Workers

Canadian Experience Class (CEC) and Federal Skilled Worker (FSW) Express Entry Draw for Canada resumed on March 1, 2023. Hundreds of applicants can now take advantage of immigrating to Canada for work purposes to obtain a Canadian Residency Permit to legally start a job there.

There is a great job market in Canada for international skilled workers and a lot of work opportunities are available with high salaries, so, if you want to immigrate to Canada for starting a job there then don’t wait and just apply for a job in Canada and then obtain a Canadian work permit to fly there. You can also take advantage of Canadian express entry program which is specifically an immigration program for internationally skilled workers to fast track their employment procedure and help them to enter Canada in the fastest way to start a job there. Not just that, once that international skilled worker spend a few years working in Canada then that worker might also become eligible for a Canadian permanent residence too.

Canadian Express Entry for PR

Express Entry for Canada is defined as the fastest way for skilled workers to immigrate to Canada to get permanent residency.

How does Express Entry work?

Canada’s Express Entry for skilled professionals is an online application draw system for permanent residency immigration to Canada. Before applying you may need information about how does it work? You have to check your eligibility, if you are eligible for Express Entry you have to create a profile on Canadian immigration portal and then complete your profile within 60 days. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will then check your profile for a couple of weeks randomly and if you are selected then you will be informed of their final decision.

Pre-requirements of Canadian Express Entry

If you want to apply for Canadian express entry program you have to check your eligibility as per the immigration program and its documents requirements as listed below:

  • A Passport or Travel Document
  • You must be under 30 years old
  • Get a 67 score out of 100 in the pool
  • Pass the English language test
  • Educational Credential Assessment (ECA)
  • Have one year of job experience in the last ten years

Resumption of Canadian Express Entry Draws: July 6, 2023

The Express Entry program was launched on 1 January 2015 and this Canadian Express Entry system is used to communicate with qualified skilled worker applicants and to select them for immigration. This system was paused in December 2020 because of the global COVID situation but now, the immigration minister of Canada, Sean Fraser has announced that Express Entry for Canada is resumed from 6 July 2022 onwards.

He also said that immigration Newcomers continue to play a critical role in the success of the Canadian Economy and we look forward to resuming this important program therefore qualified candidates will be invited to apply for permanent residency in Canada in the following programs:

  1. Federal Skilled Program
  2. Federal Skilled Trades Program
  3. Canadian Experience Class

Classification of Skilled Work Experience for Canadian Express Entry:

These are the types of skilled work experience eligible for express entry draws for Canada:

  1. Managerial jobs (skill level 0)
  2. Professional jobs (skill type A)
  3. Technician jobs and Skilled Trades (skill type B)

Education Required for Canadian Express Entry:

If you are applying for Federal Skilled Workers, you have to show that your education is equivalent to a completed Certificate diploma or degree of

  • Canadian secondary Institution
  • Canadian Post-Secondary Institution

If you are applying for Federal Skilled Trades or Canadian Experience Class, education is not in demand. Still, if you want to increase your Points in the Express Entry pool then you may mention your Certificate or Diploma from a Canadian Secondary Institution or Post Secondary Institution of Canada.

English Language Proficiency Required for Canada Express Entry:

You must meet the minimum level of required English language proficiency in order to apply for Canadian Express Entry for PR:

  • Canadian Language marks 7 for NOC 0 or Q jobs
  • Canadian Language marks 5 for NOC B jobs
  • IELTS exam

Required Documents for Canadian Permanent Residency Application

If you will be invited to apply for Canadian permanent residency you will have to upload copies of documents that you have used for profile creation and some other documents are following

  1. Police certificate
  2. Medical test
  3. Proof of funds
  4. Birth Certificate
  5. Marriage Certificate (if married)
  6. Divorce Certificate (if divorced)

Need to Get Assessed by the Province or Territory (Federal Skilled Trades)

Federal Skilled Trades have to go to the Province or Territory that will assess them for their Trades and you may also require training and experience from an employer. To get more information about getting assessed, visit a website related to your trade of Province or territory where you want to live and work.

Each website has different details related to Certificates of qualifications to work in a specific Province as Skilled Trade.

  • Alberta
  • British Columbia
  • New Brunswick
  • Newfoundland and Labrador
  • Northwest Territories
  • Nova Scotia
  • Nunavut
  • Ontario
  • Prince Edward Island
  • Saskatchewan
  • Yukon

If your trade is not related to any province, it may be regulated federally such as airplane mechanics.

Skilled work Experience (only for the Federal Trades Program)

National Occupational Classification (NOC) organizes Skilled Trades under these groups to the Skilled Traders for Federal Skilled Trades Program

  • Major Group 72, works to hire electrical, industrial, and construction trades
  • Major Group 73, works to hire Maintenance and equipment operation trades
  • Major Group 82, works to hire technical supervisors jobs in natural resources, works for agriculture, and related production
  • Major Group 92, works to hire manufacturing, processing, utility supervisor, and central control, operator
  • Minor Group 632, works to hire cooks and chefs
  • Minor Group 633, works to hire bakers and butchers
  • Major groups are subdivided into different occupations and are all in skill type B.

Proof of Funds:

If you want to get permanent residency in Canada through Express Entry, you have to give proof that you can support yourself and your family financially to settle in Canada, Until

  • You can get Legal work in Canada
  • You need to show a valid job offer from an employer in Canada

Where you can live in Canada?

You are not allowed to live in Quebec province because this province selects its own Skilled Workers via its Quebec immigration program so that means you have to live outside of Quebec Province if you immigrate to Canada on Express Entry draws.

You can also consider reading my deailed article on Canadian Government jobs or Canadian jobs without experience in case you are thinking about how to find jobs in Canada.

Dr. Youasf Saeed

Dr. Rana is a renowned scholar and scholarship mentor, having received five Government Scholarships from Turkey, China, Portugal, USA, and Canada during his educational career. Students can turn to him for advice and guidance on applying for scholarships. His articles on scholarships and related topics such as immigration and jobs equip young students with the tools they need to succeed in life. As the #1 Scholarship Speaker, Dr. Rana travels widely to universities around the world to assist students in pursuing fully-funded scholarships.

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