Eligibility requirements of FSWP (Federal Skilled Worker Program)
Eligibility requirements of FSTP (Federal Skilled Trades Program)
Eligibility requirements of CEC (Canadian Experience Class)
Candidates who meet the eligibility requirements of any one of the above programs can apply under the Express Entry Program.
To apply, you must first create your profile online. Based on the information in the online profile, every candidate is assigned a score. The score is calculated on attributes like age, education, work experience, language skills, and other parameters using the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). The Comprehensive Ranking System awards points out of 1200 to each attribute.
Eligible applicants are then placed in the Express Entry Pool. Based on the CRS score, each candidate is ranked before an invitation round takes place. The ranking is dynamic and may change as more candidates enter the pool or leave the pool.
|Number of Family Members||Required Funds (Canadian Dollars)|
|1 (Single applicant)||$12,960|
|For each additional family member, add||$3,492|
The higher your CRS score, the higher your rank would be. The highest-ranking candidates receive invitations from the IRCC to apply for Canada PR Visa.
A portion of the Provincial Nominee Programs in Canada is also linked to the Express Entry Program. Though the Express Entry aligned PNPs, provinces are able to directly nominate candidates who meet the labour market needs of that particular province. It is also a win-win situation for the candidate as getting a provincial nomination adds 600 more points to your CRS score. That is half of all the CRS score that you can earn which means that in the next invitation round you are bound to get an ITA (Invitation to Apply) for Canada PR.
If you know your CRS score and feel that you are not scoring enough, then going through a PNP could be a very good option. However, you may not qualify for all PNPs as they have unique eligibility requirements. Choose one where you meet the eligibility requirements. Niyama Immigration can help you choose the best PNP option according to your background.
Once you receive an invitation through the Express Entry Program, you get 60 days to submit a completed Canada PR application. Along with other supporting documents, you must also submit your medicals and police clearance certificates. The IRCC (Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada) reviews your application and verifies all the documents. Once you clear the verification, you are then asked to submit your passport for Canada PR Visa stamping. The whole process can take anywhere between 6 to 10 months.