The Express Entry Program is an electronic system for Canadian immigration. The system creates a pool of possible candidates for immigration to the country and candidates are assessed according to a number of criteria. Candidates that rank the highest will be able to submit an application to immigrate to Canada.
The following details regarding this system will provide potential candidates that hope to immigrate to Canada with a clear picture of how the program work. It is highly recommended that anyone hoping to immigrate to Canada enlist the services of our experienced Immigration Lawyers or Immigration Consultants to help them through the process.
The Comprehensive Express Ranking System:
The Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) is the points based system that is used to review and score a candidate profile in order to rank them in the Express Entry pool.
The CRS ranks applicants who hope to migrate to Canada and who are qualified under one of the following three federal economic immigration programs; the Skilled Worker Program, the Skilled Trades Program and the Canadian Experience Class. Once a candidate is deemed eligible, they will be entered into the Express Entry group and rated alongside other candidates in the group. There are as many as 1,200 points attainable under the Express Ranking system which is subdivided as follows:
- Up to 100 points are awarded for the candidate’s Skills Transferability, based on a combination of certain Human capital factors.
- Up to 500 points for Core Human Capital Factors, which includes age, degree of education, employment experience and language ability. If the candidate has an accompanying common law partner or spouse, up to 460 points would be awarded based on the core human capital of the primary applicant and up to 40 points designated for their spouse or partner’s core human capital. In addition, up to 80 points will be granted to candidates who have at a minimum of one year of work experience in Canada.
- 600 points are awarded to candidates that either have a Provincial Nomination Certificate from a province in Canada or 50 points or 200 points for a qualifying offer of pre-arranged employment from a Canadian employer who obtain a Positive Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) or an exempt LMIA qualifying job offer.
The following will outline the importance of establishing eligibility before hand
It’s crucial that potential Canadian immigration candidates going through the Express Entry process are fully aware that their Comprehensive Ranking System points are only of value if they are qualified to get into the Express Entry pool. Qualifications to enter the pool are determined through an independent evaluation that determines whether or not a candidate is eligible for one of the federal immigration programs mentioned previously. If you want help establishing eligibility, our Immigration Consultant can help.
Once a candidate is determined to be eligible, they will have the opportunity to enter the pool and will then be ranked within the Comprehensive Ranking System with other eligible candidates for one of the federal economic programs. The candidates that have the highest rankings are then issued an invitation to apply.
Core Human Capital Factors:
Points for Core Human Capital without an Accompanying Common Law Partner or Spouse Details
- Age: Up to 110 points will be awarded for based on a candidate’s age, with those between the ages of 20 to 29 being awarded the full amount. Candidates that are younger than 18 years of age and over 44 years of age aren’t award point
- Level of Education: Up to 150 points are awarded for the level of education.
- First Language Ability: Up to 136 points are awarded for language ability in either French or English and 34 points are awarded for respectively speaking, listening, reading and writing in the language.
- Additional points can be obtained based on your post-secondary education in Canada, Arranged employment and PNP Nomination.
- Second Language abilities can garner 24 points, awarded for the candidate’s ability in either French or English, with six points given for respectively speaking, listening, reading and writing in the language.
- Canadian Work Experience: Up to 80 points will be awarded based on the number of years a candidate has been gainfully employed in a skilled profession in Canada.
Points for Core Human Capital with an Accompanying Common Law Partner or Spouse Details:
- Age: Up to 100 points will be awarded based on the candidate’s age, with those between the ages of 20 to 29 being awarded the full amount. Candidates that are younger than 18 and over 44 will not be awarded points
- Level of Education: Up to 140 points will be awarded based on the education level of the primary candidate, with an additional 10 points made available to the spouse or common law partner based on their education level.
- First Language Ability: Up to 128 points are awarded for the principal applicant’s first language ability in English or French, along with 32 points for respectively speaking, listening, reading and writing. As much as 20 points will be awarded based on the spouse or common law partner’s capability in English or French languages, along with 5 points awarded for respectively speaking, listening, reading and writing in the languag.
- Second Language Abilities: When it comes to second language ability, up to 22 points will be awarded for ability in either converse in English or French, with 6 points awarded for respectively speaking, listening, reading and writing in the language.
- Canadian Work Experience: Up to 70 points will be awarded for the period of time the primary applicant has worked in a skilled profession in Canada, along with 10 extra points the period of time the accompanying spouse or common law partner has also worked in a skilled profession in Canada.
Details regarding core human capital can be confusing, making it one of those instances when our immigration lawyers or immigration consultants can help.
Skill Transferability Factors
Of the total 1,200 points attainable under the CRS, up to 500 are going to be awarded based on the candidate’s skill transferability, calculated via 5 combinations of specified core human capital variables, with a maximum of 50 points obtainable for any one combination. Following are the 5 core human capital combinations:
Level of education as well as language ability
– Canadian work experience and level of education
– Non-Canadian work experience and language abilities
– Canadian as well as non-Canadian work experience
– Language ability and Certificate of qualification in a trade
– Anticipation and preparation in regards to the Comprehensive Ranking System
Be Prepared; Knowledge is Power!
Thanks to the ability to find out complete details regarding the system online today, as part of the public domain, candidates are in the perfect position to prepare for Canadian immigration through the Express Entry program. Our experienced Immigration Consultant or Immigration Lawyers will encourage you to ascertain your eligibility prior to applying.
If for some reason you’re currently not eligible, our Immigration Lawyers or Immigration Consultants can help you determine the best way to work on becoming eligible, including gaining additional work experience, taking and/or re-taking a language test, etc. If you find that you are eligible, you can start assessing how you might rank using the Comprehensive Ranking System and show initiative by making connections with Canadian employers who have the ability to offer you a job that can make the entire process of immigrating to Canada much easier.
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