Starting 1st Jan. 2015, Canada has again opened the doors for Skilled Professionals by launching the Express Entry system to manage the applications for Permanent Residency. The process is quite simpler and applications will be processed at a faster pace. Good news is that most of the occupations are covered and it is open to all working Professionals. Professions listed under NOC (National Occupation Classification) O, A & B can apply under the new system. CIC (Citizenship and Immigration Canada) has announced that there will be no capping on the no. of applications to be accepted.
It is a selection based process where applicants will be selected on merit basis different factors like Age, Education, Experience, English Language Ability (IELTS) etc. Once selected, applicants will be issued an ITA (Invitation to apply) for filing the case for Permanent Residency. CIC will process the visa in maximum of 6 months.
Upon profile creation, applicant will be selected from a pool of applicants on merit basis. Applicants having approved job offer from a Canadian Employer or a nomination from any of the Provinces under Provincial Nomination Programs will immediately be issued the ITA (Invitation to apply). Federal govt. can also select the potential candidates based on the skill set of the applicant.
Following is the step wise process under the new program:
Step 1: ECA (Education Credentials Assessment)
Step 2: Express Entry profile would be created online identifying the skills and qualifications of the applicant in an online resume.
Step 3- Register in the Canada Job Bank site to increase the chances of getting selected by obtaining a Job offer
Step 4- Upon selection, the applicant will be issued an ITA (Invitation to Apply) basis which case need to be filed for Permanent Residency with CIC within 60 days of the issuance.