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TRACS | Canada Express Entry

This page provides a detailed overview of the Express Entry program for Canada, including eligibility criteria, the application process, fees, and some frequently asked questions (FAQs):

Eligibility Criteria for Express Entry:

1. Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP):

    • Work Experience: At least one year of continuous full-time or equivalent part-time work experience in a skilled occupation (NOC skill level 0, A, or B) within the past 10 years.
    • Language Proficiency: Meet the minimum language requirements in English or French, as demonstrated through approved language tests (e.g., IELTS, CELPIP, or TEF).
    • Education: At least a Canadian secondary (high school) or foreign equivalent certificate, diploma, or degree, accompanied by an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) report.
    • Settlement Funds: Show proof of sufficient funds to support yourself and your family members during the settlement in Canada (unless you have a valid job offer or are currently working in Canada).

2. Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP):

    • Work Experience: At least two years of full-time work experience (or an equivalent amount in part-time) in a skilled trade within the past five years.
    • Language Proficiency: Meet the minimum language requirements in English or French, as demonstrated through approved language tests.
    • Job Offer or Certification: Have either a valid job offer of at least one year OR a certificate of qualification in the skilled trade issued by a Canadian province or territory.

3. Canadian Experience Class (CEC):

    • Work Experience: At least one year of full-time (or equivalent part-time) skilled work experience in Canada within the past three years.
    • Language Proficiency: Meet the minimum language requirements in English or French, as demonstrated through approved language tests.
    • Plan to Live Outside Quebec: The CEC is for individuals planning to reside outside the province of Quebec.

Express Entry Application Process:

  1. Create an online profile: Complete an Express Entry profile on the Government of Canada’s official website and provide information regarding your skills, work experience, language proficiency, education, and other relevant details.
  2. Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score: Receive a CRS score based on factors such as age, education, work experience, language proficiency, and adaptability. Your profile will be ranked in the Express Entry pool against other candidates.
  3. Invitation to Apply (ITA): Candidates with the highest CRS scores are invited to apply for permanent residency through regular draws conducted by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).
  4. Application for permanent residency: If you receive an ITA, you can submit a complete application for permanent residency within the given timeframe (usually 60 days). Provide supporting documents and pay the required fees.

Fees for Express Entry:

The fees for Express Entry include:

1. Processing fees:

    • Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) or Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP): CAD $825 per adult applicant and CAD $225 per child applicant.
    • Canadian Experience Class (CEC): CAD $825 per adult applicant and CAD $225 per child applicant.

Right of Permanent Residence Fee (RPRF): CAD $500 per adult applicant.

Noted: These fees are subject to change, so it's essential to check the official IRCC website for the most up-to-date fee information.

FAQs

The processing time can vary depending on factors such as the program you’re applying under, your CRS score, and the volume of applications. Generally, it takes around six months to process a complete application, but this can change.

Yes, you can include your spouse or common-law partner in your application, and their qualifications may contribute to your overall CRS score.

A job offer is not mandatory, but having a valid job offer can provide additional CRS points. However, certain Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) may require a job offer or connection to a specific province.

You need to demonstrate language proficiency in English or French by taking approved language tests, such as the IELTS (International English Language Testing System).

If you don’t meet the eligibility criteria for Express Entry, you may explore other immigration options or consider improving your qualifications to become eligible.

Remember to refer to the official Government of Canada websites, such as the IRCC website, for the most accurate and up-to-date information on eligibility, processes, fees, and FAQs related to the Express Entry program.