The following significant changes are effective as of November 19, 2016:
So, What is the Application Process After November 19, 2016?
To be considered for the Express Entry program, each applicant must first meet the requirements of Canada’s original Permanent Residency programs, including, but not limited to, the points-based Federal Skilled Worker or the Canadian experience-based Canadian Experience Class.
Step 1: Determine the Applicant’s Points under Express Entry
A wide variety of factors is considered to determine an individual’s Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points. The CRS profiles an applicant’s biographic background including educational achievements, work experience history, and language skills. Each Applicant will receive a numerical score from the CRS. The maximum possible number of CRS points is 1,200.
Step 2: Entering the Express Entry Pool and Rounds of Invitations
Approximately every two weeks, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) releases a minimum CRS score (the minimum threshold) to determine which of the applicants in the Express Entry pool can apply for permanent residency.
Those applicants who possess a CRS score ranking above the minimum threshold will receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residency. The minimum threshold score is not a static variable, therefore there is some flexibility inherent in the system that allows the Canadian government to adapt to varying economic immigration needs.
Step 3: Submitting the Permanent Residency Application within 90 days
Applicants who receive an ITA must electronically submit all of the application forms and documentation requested. As of November 19, 2016, applicants must provide ALL requested documentation and information within 90 days.