The Express Entry System – Find out how it transformed the whole Canadian Immigration Process

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Express Entry system has become the most popular immigration system in the world in no time. When it was first launched in January 2015, even the government of Canada was not sure about its success and popularity. However, the system has sidelined all the doubts and transformed the whole process of Canada immigration and settlement.

Express entry System

Express Entry is launched on January 2015 as a premier economic immigration program of Canada. It accepts and process the applications received for Canadian permanent residency under three main streams, i.e.

  • Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) – For Candidates with skilled experience in NOC Skill Type – 0, A, B.
  • Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP) – For candidates with skilled trade experience.
  • Canadian Experience Class (CEC) – For the individuals which are already in Canada on temporary status.

Express Entry System is a point based online immigration system based on Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). As per CRS, an applicant who suits the profile (Expression of interest) in the express entry system, will be given points (called CRS Score) based on his/her qualification, age, work experience, language ability, etc. details.

Let’s see how and why express entry system introduced in Canada as a new point based online immigration program.

Express Entry System was launched with certain objectives

Prior to the launch of express entry system the Canadian immigration process was facing two key problems, i.e. need of organized economic immigration program and rising concerns over very long processing time of visa applications.

The Express Entry system launched to combat both these issues in the immigration process. The government launched express entry system with an objective to meet the labour market needs and requirements of Canada and speed up the application process. It is said that with new express entry system, the immigration applications of the candidates will get processed within six months time. And needless to mention that the express entry system is able to achieve all its goals and objectives with which it was introduced.

Express Entry achieved all its objectives

The most goals achieved by express entry in the first year only. Most of the candidates, i.e. almost 80 percent of the candidates registered under three streams of express entry got the final decision in less than 6 months.

Let’s take a look at the first year results of express entry as of January 3, 2016.

Application Received Applications in Progress Applications Approved Visas Issued Admissions
37,424 15,246 14,058 13,241 9,739

 

Hence, the fast processing of the visa application is clearly visible through express entry. The highlight of the above table is the last column, which shows the number of admissions to Canada.

Express Entry in fact has been a revolution in the Canada immigration process, which has changed the way of people getting permanent residency in Canada. There several Provincial Nominee Programs in Canada which are selecting the immigrants for their province through their express entry stream and getting benefitted with early application processing. Today, other advanced countries are also looking to adopt the immigration system similar to Express Entry point based immigration system.

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