Express Entry is not an immigration program. It is a selection system used by Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to select candidates (skilled workers, professionals, and tradespersons) for economic immigration to Canada. It involves the federal government, the provincial governments and Canadian employers.
Express Entry, as opposed to the common notion, is not an immigration program. Instead, it is a selection system through which candidates are selected who applied under one (or more) Canadian Federal economic immigration programs. That is, the Federal Skilled Worker Class (FSWC), Federal Skilled Trades Class (FSTC), and the Canadian Experience Class (CEC). Other than these 3 federal economic immigration programs, the Express Entry selection system is also used to select candidates through the aligned Provincial Nominee Programs. The best way to understand the Express Entry selection system is to visualize it as a bus, in which the aforementioned immigration programs will be the seats of the bus. In such a case, the passengers in that bus can be visualized as the prospective candidates sitting in the different types of bus seats of the Express Entry bus. To learn more about Express Entry, click here.
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