Starting January 2015 Immigration Canada implemented an electronic system called Express Entry in order to manage the Federal Skilled Worker, Canadian Experience Class, Federal Skilled Trades, and some Provincial Nominee Programs.
- Stage 1 – Express Entry Pool Profile CreationYou will have to fill out the forms with all your information (work experience, education, age, nationality, language ability, details of any job offer etc.). At this point you do not have to provide supporting documents. However, if you do not fill the forms properly your application could be disqualified later. If your profile is accepted then it will be in the Express Entry pool for up to 1 year. We make sure that all the forms are filled accurately in order to avoid any future problems for misrepresentation, errors or omissions.
- Stage 2 – Permanent Residence Application Immigration Canada will choose the best profiles according to a points system and other factors (such as occupations in demand) on average once or twice a month. If you are invited to apply, you will have only 60 days to submit yourPermanent Residence Application online. All the supporting documents must be submitted and they must be consistent with the forms that you submitted in Stage 1. According to Immigration Canada, once they have received your complete application they will process it within 6 months.
Note: If you have a job offer, your employer must process an LMIA. A “Labour Market Impact Assessment” ensures employers have made an effort to hire Canadians. For this type of LMIA, the government does not charge a fee. A job offer with an LMIA strongly enhances your chances to be invited to apply for Permanent Residence when draws take place.
Things you MUST do to increase your chances of getting your Express Entry Application (eAPR) filed properly:
When an Invitation to Apply (ITA) is extended, applicants have only 90 days to file the eAPR application. If documents are not ready in advance, applicants run the risk of not being able to collect all the necessary documents before the 90 days runs out. The consequences of a rejected application could be downright devastating for applicants.