How Express Entry Works

Express Entry works in 2 different ways, depending on whether you are an Express Entry candidate looking to immigrate to Canada, or a Canadian employer who is looking to hire Express Entry candidates.
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.


For candidates looking to immigrate to Canada as skilled workers/professionals/tradespersons


If you are a skilled worker/professional, or a skilled tradesperson, then an Express Entry aligned federal immigration program would be the best Canadian immigration option available for you and your family. The Express Entry selection system came into effect on 1 January 2015, making skilled migration to Canada simpler and faster. The key players in the Express Entry selection system are the federal government, Canadian employers, and a portion of the provincial governments’ immigration initiatives. To gain a complete understanding on how the Express Entry selection system works, click here.


For Canadian employer looking to hire Express Entry candidates


If you are a Canadian employer looking to hire candidates from the Express Entry system, you will be able to do so by browsing through thousands of candidate profiles from all over the world made available in the Canada government Job Bank. In other words, Express Entry gives you visibility into global talent at the click of a button. You will be able to hire:

  • Managers (Skill level 00 & Skill level 0)
  • Skilled workers (Skill level A, Skill level B)
  • Professionals (Skill A)
  • Tradespersons (Skill level A, Skill level B)


Moreover, candidates in the Express Entry pool are looking to immigrate to Canada – this cuts down your efforts and investment when it comes to finding the right person for the job in Canada. To know more about hiring Express Entry candidates, click here.


Note: If you are an employer or business in Atlantic Canada (Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, and the Prince Edward Island), it is now easier for you to hire candidates from foreign countries, provided you receive Employer Designation from the respective province where your business is registered. Atlantic Canada employers now doesn’t have to go through the Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) process, provided they meet certain criteria. To learn more about hiring for Atlantic provinces, click here.

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