How can I immigrate to Canada? What is Express Entry?

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It is one of the ways to immigrate to Canada as a permanent resident (or Permanent Resident – PR).
Briefly, it works as a points system that puts the candidates in a ranking based on the number reached, from highest to lowest.



How can I apply to Express Entry?

Firstly, as a candidate, you will need to create a profile on the Canadian government’s immigration site, so it goes into what the system calls the Express Entry pool. Then, the best-placed applicants, with the highest score, receive an invitation to apply for PR.
In a simplified way, we can say that the process consists of two stages:

Step 1: create your Express Entry profile

For this part, you are going to need to provide them information about your:

•    skills
•    education
•    language ability
•    work experience and
•    other details
The information provided on your profile will determine if you are eligible for an immigration program through Express Entry. If you meet the criteria, you will be accepted into the pool of candidates and will be given access to create a Job Match account with Job Bank, which is an online tool to help match you with employers looking for workers with your skills.

Step 2: the highest-ranking candidates in the pool are going to get invited to apply for permanent residence.

What does it mean: It means you will be ranked in the Express Entry pool using a points-based system called the Comprehensive Ranking System, or simply CRS. The CRS gives you a score based on the information in your profile, including your:

•    skills
•    education
•    language ability (check the questions I got on my exam)
•    work experience
•    other factors

You can also get points for:

•    Canadian degrees, diplomas or certificates
•    a valid (full-time permanent) job offer
•    a nomination from a province or territory

Canadian Government sends invitations to apply, also called ITA, to the candidates with the highest scores in the pool. If they invite you to apply, you will have 90 days to submit an online complete application for permanent residence.

In their official website, the Government of Canada says they process most applications and its required supporting documents, in only six months or even less.

Want some more good news? You can stay in the pool for up to 12 months as long as you meet the criteria for one of the federal programs. And if your education or language skills changes, for example, if you finished a new university course and just got a second Diploma or took a second language exam and your results came in with higher test grades, you can update your profile information at anytime.

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