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  • What is the Express Entry Program?
    The Express Entry is the fastest pathway to Canada PR. The program operates three economic immigration streams namely the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), the Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP), and the Canadian Experience Class (CEC).
    How does Express Entry work?
    The Express Entry program is a point-based system that ranks candidates in a pool based on scores attained for the following factors:
    • Core / human capital factors
    • Spouse or common-law partner factors
    • Skill Transferability factors
    • Additional points
    After the candidates are ranked, draws are held and those who match the cut-off are invited to apply for PR.
    In addition to this, the provinces & territories can also enlist the candidates from the Express Entry pool and consider them for Provincial Nomination Programs, provided they are interested in the profile.
    Those who receive a PNP get additional points and have higher chances of getting an invitation to apply in the next draws.
  • What are the benefits of a Canadian PR visa?
    The Permanent Resident Visa gives an individual the status of a Permanent Resident, including the right to live and work anywhere in Canada without any stay limit.
    Benefits of Canada PR Visa: • Apply for Canadian citizenship
    • Live, work and study anywhere in Canada
    • FREE Healthcare and other social benefits
    • Protection under Canadian law
  • Which specific immigration schemes are parts of the Express Entry structure?
    The program applies to these economic immigration plans Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP), and Canadian Experience Class (CEC). The various Canadian provinces & territories are now in a position to employ aspirants from the Express Entry system, for a part of the PNPs, to fulfil the requirements of the local labour market.
  • What are the requirements for Federal Skilled Worker via Express Entry?
    There are different requirements for each of the programs. To apply under the Express Entry program as a skilled worker, a candidate must:
    • Have worked as a skilled worker, for at least one year, in the last ten years, of continuous full-time (or equivalent part-time) work experience
    • a minimum of CLB (Canadian Language Benchmark) seven in either English or French
    • have a post-secondary education, assessed against Canadian standards with an Educational Credential Assessment
    These are the minimum requirements; however, candidates with better profiles have higher chances of getting selected from the Express Entry pool.
  • What is the Canada PR Visa processing time from India?
    Once you have received your ITA, the visa processing time usually takes a maximum of 6 months.
  • Is IELTS mandatory for Express Entry?
    You need to show proficiency in either English or French and the language results are required to show your proficiency in the language. However, you only need to provide the information while filing your application and need to provide the documents while you are invited to apply within the given time frame.
  • Is it mandatory to have a job offer to find a position in the Express Entry?
    No, you don’t need a job offer to create & submit your profile in the Express Entry Program. However, you do receive points for a job offer, and have higher chances of getting an invite in the Express Entry draws to follow.
  • Is there an upper limit on the number of applicants given entry to the pool of Express Entry?
    No, there is no cap whatsoever on the number of aspirants who could file their applications into the pool of Express Entry. Candidates are ranked in the pool based on their scores and this leads to a range of applications from all over the world with a variety of skills under different occupations.
  • How does the Job Bank function with Express Entry?
    Canada Job Bank offers Canadian recruiters and foreign workers the opportunity to connect. After submitting your application in the Express Entry, you will receive a personal reference number.
    The candidate should lodge a personal resume in the Canada job Bank making mentioning this personal reference number. This opens up the profile for review by Canadian Employers, federal agencies and provincial governments.
  • Is there a charge to present a profile for Express Entry?
    There is no such charge whatsoever to put forward a profile for Express Entry. However, to be able to apply to the pool, the candidate must provide key information related to educational credentials, IELTS tests etc. In the case of married applicants, such expenses must be incurred for both the spouses, especially if the application is being filed with an accompanying spouse. Also, once the candidate is chosen from the pool and invited to apply for Permanent Residence Visa, he is required to pay the required application fee, RRPF, medical costs and any other related incidental expenses.The candidate should lodge a personal resume in the Canada job Bank making mentioning this personal reference number. This opens up the profile for review by Canadian Employers, federal agencies and provincial governments.
  • For how long does the profile of an applicant remains in the Express Entry Pool?
    An application remains in the pool for 12 months from the day the candidate created the profile.
  • How do various Canadian territories & provinces make use of the Express Entry structure?
    They are in a position to offer nomination to a certain number of overseas people, via the Express Entry structure, to cater to their particular local labour market immigration & requirements. In case a candidate receives a nomination from a specific Canadian territory or province, he will get adequate extra points to get an invite, to submit a petition for the permanent residence status at the coming skilled draw of applicants.
  • Can a candidate utilize both the Express Entry & Provincial Nominee Program (PNP)?
    It is best to create an Express Entry profile first as many of the provinces select candidates from the Express Entry pool based on their profile. You can also create your profile in the PNPs .
    The applicant must successfully submit the Express Entry profile. The many territories & provinces can afterwards explore the Express Entry bank and ask an aspirant to apply to their PNP Canada, and when the latter obtains a certificate for nomination, they will duly bring up to date their profile for Express Entry.
    This will surely mean that the candidate will move up in the ranking in the CRS because he will get 600 additional points and an almost certain selection for an ITA in subsequent draws from the pool.
  • Is the Express Entry Scheme useful for finding a job in Canada?
    It is best to create an Express Entry profile first as many of the provinces select candidates from the Express Entry pool based on their profile. You can also create your profile in the PNPs .
    The applicant must successfully submit the Express Entry profile. The many territories & provinces can afterwards explore the Express Entry bank and ask an aspirant to apply to their PNP Canada, and when the latter obtains a certificate for nomination, they will duly bring up to date their profile for Express Entry.
    You can find a job in case you find an employer willing to hire you through any of the job portals or the Job bank. With the help of the job bank, the employers with a shortage of labour trying to find a suitable match for the position with their firm.
  • Do recruiter/firms in Canada also use Express Entry?
    Recruiters who are unable to find a suitable Canadian employee consider the Job Bank and other portals to hire the candidate with the required skills. The job bank and express entry allows qualified Recruiters/firms in Canada and entitled foreign-trained nationals to connect without any hassle.The applicant must successfully submit the Express Entry profile. The many territories & provinces can afterwards explore the Express Entry bank and ask an aspirant to apply to their PNP Canada, and when the latter obtains a certificate for nomination, they will duly bring up to date their profile for Express Entry.
    You can find a job in case you find an employer willing to hire you through any of the job portals or the Job bank. With the help of the job bank, the employers with a shortage of labour trying to find a suitable match for the position with their firm.
  • Can a temporary foreign worker improve his chances of getting a permanent residency?
    Yes! As long as the Temporary Foreign worker has a positive Labor Market Impact Assessment (LMIA), he can ask his recruiter to provide him with a permanent job, to shore up his petition for permanent residence in Canada. The foreign worker must create an Express Entry profile and include the details of his employment offer, which will give him extra points and will position the applicant high enough in the pool of candidates; increasing his/her chances of getting an invitation to the next Express Entry draw.You can find a job in case you find an employer willing to hire you through any of the job portals or the Job bank. With the help of the job bank, the employers with a shortage of labour trying to find a suitable match for the position with their firm.
  • Does the danger of fraud from candidates or recruiters exist?
    As already stated, the Canadian Administration has zero-tolerance for any such activity and takes the reliability of the scheme very seriously. The CIC expects the aspirants to be honest while creating their Express Entry profile. While creating your profile you are only supposed to fill in the information, make sure that the information provided matches with the documents you will be provided to prove the same. The immigration officers authenticate the information and if there is any false detail, you might be prevented for 5 years from applying for a permanent resident position.
  • Can I apply for Express Entry on my own?
    Yes. However, we recommend working with an immigration expert. With many strict guidelines and document processing involved, taking care of a profile is a daunting task with many complex procedures involved.
  • What is the maximum age for Express Entry?
    There is no age limit for candidates applying under the Express Entry program. However, there are points for age, which is the highest for applicants with 20-29 years and keeps decreasing as you get older.
  • How many funds are required for Express Entry?
    Those applying under the Federal Skilled Worker Program or the Federal Skilled Trades Program need proof of funds, which is the amount of money required to support the family, depending on its size.
    No. of Family Members Funds Required (in CAD)
    1 $12,960
    2 $16,135
    3 $19,836
    4 $24,083
    5 $27,315
    6 $30,806
    7 $34,299
    For each additional family member $3,492
    Please Note: Those who are applying under CEC; candidates who are authorized to work in Canada and have a valid job offer do not need proof of funds even if they apply under the Federal Skilled Worker Program or the Federal Skilled Trades Program.
    For more information drop us a mail at info@universaladviser.com or you can also check your eligibility with our FREE assessment tool.

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