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How to get Express Entry points with a Canadian job offer

If you are planning to move to Canada through Express Entry System, then you will get some additional CRS, Comprehensive Rating System points for having a valid Canadian Job Offer with you.

You will either get an additional 50 or 200 points. The more CRS points you will have, the better will be the chances of getting an ITA, Invitation To Apply.

If the candidate qualifies, then he will receive 50 points, but in order to get 200 points, the job offer must be in these six occupations, and one of these occupations (legislators) is only for Canadian citizens.

What is Express Entry Program?

The most popular route to apply for a PR Visa for Canada is through the Express Entry Program. It is an application management system that manages applications for the economic immigration programs of Canada.

These are:

  1. FSWP (Federal Skilled Worker Program)
  2. FSTP (Federal Skilled Trades Program)
  3. CEC (Canadian Experience Class)
FSWP (Federal Skilled Worker Program)

FSWP is Canada’s immigration program for skilled workers and professionals around the world who want to migrate to Canada. Through this program, Canada welcomes an average of 1,10,000 immigrants every year based on their ability to establish themselves economically in Canada’s workforce. Most of the applications are processed within six months.

The candidates who have not lived in Canada before and are not skilled professionals use this program for migrating to Canada. Eligible candidates need to submit their Express Entry profile. Then the candidate will receive his CRS score based on different factors such as age, language skills, education, and work experience. After submitting the complete application the candidate can expect to receive his PR.

Usually, the Canadian Government holds Express Entry draws every two weeks inviting the candidates with the highest CRS score to apply for PR.

FSTP (Federal Skilled Trades Program)

This program is a dedicated immigration pathway for skilled trade workers to immigrate to the country. FSTP candidates may have lower CRS scores compared to the other candidates because they need not show their level of education.

IRCC holds program-specific Express Entry draws for FSTP candidates. It provides more CRS scores to the candidates who have studied as well as worked in Canada. Candidates with Canadian work experience are most likely to succeed in the Canadian labor market.

Eligible candidates need to submit their Express Entry profile on IRCC’s website. Then the candidate will receive his CRS score based on different factors such as age, language skills, education, and Canadian work & study experience. After submitting the complete application the candidate can expect to receive his PR.

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CEC (Canadian Experience Class)

CEC is for temporary foreign workers and international graduates who want to gain Canadian work experience. The candidates who are skilled workers have the advantage of this program. The ones with Canadian work experience can get extra CRS points under this program, and they need not demonstrate settlement funds to support themselves financially to IRCC.

The application procedure for CEC is also the same as the other two programs.

What is a valid Job Offer?

A full-time job offer with continuous paid work is considered valid by IRCC. ‘Full time’ refers to at least 30 hours per week by one employer—or up to two for FSTP candidates. It cannot be seasonal work, and it has to be ongoing for at least one year after you get your permanent resident visa.

Also, the job offer should be from a skilled occupation under these categories 00, 0, A, or B on the National Occupational Qualification system.

The employer needs to get a positive LMIA, Labor Market Impact Assessment to score the points. LMIA is a document that the employer needs to hire a foreign candidate, which shows that there will be no negative impacts of hiring a foreign candidate on Canada’s job market.

Certain occupations are exempt by LMIA. A candidate can claim the offer points from these occupations only if he has worked for them for one year, and will continue to work with them for one year after receiving the permanent residence visa.

If the candidate is working in Canada on an Open Work Permit and the employer hasn’t done LMIA then the candidate will not get any offer points.

Immigration officer and IRCC in case of regulated occupations, must be convinced by the file of the candidate in order to get qualified to be licensed or certified by the regulatory body in Canada.

Concluding everything a candidate can get a job offer if he fulfills the following criteria:

  • it is for a full time, continuous, paid position for at least one year in a skilled occupation;
  • your employer has a positive LMIA that approves the offer and names you and your position; or
  • if you are currently working for the same employer listed on your LMIA-based work permit, and you are authorized to work in Canada on the day of your application and when the permanent resident visa is issued and you have a valid job offer for at least one year after you get your permanent resident visa; or
  • if you have a valid work permit for a skilled occupation that is exempt from the LMIA requirement, and you have one year of full-time work experience for that employer, and a valid job offer for at least one year after you get your permanent resident visa.
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