Express Entry (For Employers)

Express Entry 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).

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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.

Note: If you are a candidate looking to immigrate to Canada through Express Entry, click here.

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 in the government of Canada 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 0, Skill level A, Skill level B)
  • Professionals (Skill level 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. Further, each candidate’s profile in Express Entry is pre-screened by the Canadian government. Which means, all the necessary background checks (including medical and police clearance) is completed by IRCC (Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada).

Employers can link with candidates in the Express Entry pool, and if interested can hire them by issuing a qualifying job offer. The job offer will add more points to the candidate’s Express Entry profile, increasing the candidate’s chances of receiving an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for Canadian permanent residency. Once the candidate receives the ITA, he or she will have exactly 90 days’ time to submit all the requirement documentation, attestation forms, medical and police/penal clearance checks, etc. Government of Canada targets to process every Express Entry application in 6 months or less.

Note: If you are an employer from any one of Canada’s Atlantic provinces (Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, and the Prince Edward Island), you need not do a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) if you are hiring candidates under the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program (AIPP)To know more about hiring candidates through AIPP, click here.

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