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1 Information for International Students

2 Background Express Entry is now the first step to immigrate to Canada permanently as a skilled worker under the: Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP) Canadian Experience Class (CEC) A portion of the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) Express Entry does not apply for immigration to Quebec 2

3 Express Entry Highlights User friendly electronic system from start to finish No occupation lists or caps for programs Faster processing of permanent residence applications within 6 months in most cases Job offers and provincial nominations under an Express Entry stream are an asset, but not a requirement Candidates may be eligible for more than one program Creating an Express Entry profile is free and the profile can remain active for up to 1 year Candidates have an opportunity to be invited to apply in every round 3

4 Before Express Entry First applicant in, first to be processed Could not prioritize high quality candidates Paper based application Long processing times Growth of application backlogs

5 Now with Express Entry Candidates most likely to succeed in Canada are invited to apply Candidates with a valid job offer or provincial/territorial (P/T) nomination are quickly invited to apply Candidates connect with employers through Job Bank s Job Match Service Electronic application process Processing times of six months or less* *In 80% of cases from receipt of complete application for permanent residence to final decision.

6 Express Entry Process 6

7 Submit an Express Entry Profile Candidates complete a profile with information about their skills, work experience, language ability, education and other details Candidates must meet the criteria of at least one of the federal economic immigration programs Profiles need to be up to date at all times and reflect any changes in status. E.g. language, education, family composition, etc. Candidates must be truthful in their profile or risk penalties Profiles stay in the pool for up to 1 year 7

8 Job Bank Registration Candidates need to register with Job Match within 30 days of creating an Express Entry profile if they do not already have a valid job offer or PNP nomination or their profile will expire. Candidates will need to provide their Express Entry profile number and their Job Seeker Validation Code when they open their Job Match Account Job Match will help connect candidates with job opportunities in Canada based on their skills, knowledge and experience Candidates should also promote themselves to employers, recruiters, private sector job boards, etc. 8

9 Express Entry Pool Once in the pool, candidates are awarded points by the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) based on the information they provided in their profile Candidates will get their CRS score when they are accepted into the pool All candidates in the pool are ranked top down based on their CRS score Candidate profiles can remain active for up to one year Candidates are eligible for each round of invitations to apply while active in the pool Candidates are expected to update their profiles if their circumstances change If a candidate does not get an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residence after 12 months and they still want to come to Canada as a skilled immigrant, they will need to complete and submit a new profile 9

10 Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) 1. Core factors that support positive economic outcomes: Age Education Official Language Proficiency Canadian Work Experience 2. Spouse or Common-Law Partner factors, if applicable 3. A set of skills transferability or interaction factors that amplify the core set e.g. Canadian + foreign work experience 4. Additional points for a P/T nomination and/or valid job offer Spouse or Common-Law Partner NO YES 1. Core factors Spouse or common-law partner factors N/A 40 SUBTOTAL Transferability factors Additional points (job offer or PT nomination) GRAND TOTAL

11 Valid Job Offers CRS Additional Points (600) To get 600 additional points, a job offer must be supported by a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) A valid job offer is one that is permanent, nonseasonal, at the NOC 0, A or B level, and supported by an LMIA Candidates who don t have a valid job offer will still get points for Canadian work experience *for 80% of complete applications 11

12 The Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) Employers who can t find a Canadian or permanent resident for a position may offer a qualifying job to a foreign national There is no fee for employers to apply for LMIAs related to permanent residence LMIA exempt work permits are in place to support temporary access to employment in Canada not permanent residence

13 Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) CRS Additional Points (600) Participating provinces and territories (P/Ts) can nominate foreign nationals under their PNP PNP criteria and streams are different across the country. Check individual P/T websites to learn more All candidates nominated via an Express Entry PNP stream must meet the minimum entry criteria for Express Entry (including meeting the criteria for one of the three federal economic programs) 13

14 CRS - Points for two official languages Bilingual candidates can get more CRS points if they submit an approved language test in both of Canada s two official languages (English and French) Do you speak French? Visit canada.ca/francoimmigration to learn about Francophone life across Canada

15 Invitation to Apply (ITA) ITAs are issued to the highest scoring candidates in the pool in each round Candidates will be among the top scoring if they: Have very high levels of skills, education, language and work experience Have a job offer from a Canadian employer supported by an LMIA OR Are nominated by a province or territory under an Express Entry stream. 15

16 Timing for invitation rounds 15 to 25 rounds are expected in 2015 Based on the Government s annual levels plan for immigration to Canada and CIC s capacity to process applications CIC publishes special instructions for each invitation round including: date and time of the round number of candidates that receive an ITA CRS score of the lowest ranked candidate invited in that particular round 16

17 Recent Rounds of Invitations Results of each round are posted on the Government of Canada website in the days following the round Scores over 600 mean that all candidates in that round have declared a job offer or a P/T nomination in their Express Entry profile There are also several rounds with CRS scores of less than 600 indicating that candidates have been invited to apply based on skills and experience alone A job offer is not a requirement to complete an Express Entry profile or to get an invitation to apply 17

18 After receiving an Invitation to Apply You have 60 days to complete and submit an application for permanent residence CIC then determines if the application is complete If your application is complete, CIC will verify all eligibility and admissibility criteria. CIC processes complete applications in six months or less, 80% of the time

19 A few things to keep in mind... Completing an Express Entry profile is free and does not require an immigration representative Candidates need to complete language tests and Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) (if applicable) before completing an Express Entry profile Language tests and ECAs are done by third parties and they charge fees for services Completing a profile does not guarantee that a candidate will get an invitation to apply (ITA) Completing an application for permanent residence does not guarantee an applicant will get permanent residence. Applicants still need to meet all eligibility and requirements for admissibility Anyone who provides false information could be found inadmissible for misrepresentation and could be barred for five years from applying to come to Canada for any reason 19

20 For more information English: Canada.ca/ExpressEntry French: Canada.ca/EntreeExpress English: CitCanada French: CitImmCanFR CitImmCanada 20

21 Annex

22 International students have the education, skills and experience that Canada is looking for After you graduate you might be able to make Canada your permanent home through Express Entry

23 Student pathway to permanent residence using Express Entry Immigrating permanently to Canada is a multi-step process that can take time to complete Apply for a study permit Complete your studies in an eligible program Apply for a postgraduation work permit Gain one year Canadian work experience at the NOC 0, A, or B level Pass an approved language test

24 National Occupation Codes (NOCs) A NOC code is a number or letter that is used to identify and describe the work performed by individuals with similar jobs in an occupational area Work experience for immigration programs managed by Express Entry use three of these codes: 0, A or B NOC 0 (zero) NOC A NOC B Management jobs Professional jobs Technical jobs and skilled trades

25 Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB) The Canadian standard used to describe, measure and recognize English language ability of adult immigrants and prospective immigrants who plan to live and work in Canada, or apply for citizenship The Niveaux de compétence linguistique canadiens (NCLC) is used to assess abilities in the French language Language test equivalency charts are on our website

26 Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) An Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) should be completed for education attained outside of Canada You can find the designated organizations that complete ECAs on our website.

27 Canadian Experience Class Key criteria At least 12 months of skilled Canadian work experience (in a NOC 0, A or B job) within the last three years Language skills (for NOC 0 and A jobs = CLB 7 in all 4 abilities; for NOC B job = CLB 5 in all 4 abilities)

28 Federal Skilled Worker Program Key criteria: At least one year of continuous work experience within the last 10 years (in a NOC 0, A or B job), in Canada or in another country Language skills (CLB 7 in all 4 abilities) Education (Canadian secondary or post-secondary certificate, diploma or degree, or the foreign equivalent) And a score of 67 or higher out of 100 on the Federal Skilled Worker points grid (which assesses six selection factors: language skills, education, work experience, age, arranged employment, adaptability)

29 Federal Skilled Trades Program Key criteria : At least 24 months of work experience in an eligible skilled trades within the last five years Meet the job requirements of the skilled trade as set by the NOC (except the requirement related to certification) Language skills (CLB 5, speaking and listening; CLB 4, reading and writing) Have a valid job offer in the skilled trade for at least one-year, or a Canadian certificate of qualification in the skilled trades All work experience in this program falls under NOC B

30 Work Experience - International Students International students who are eligible to work off-campus can continue to work off-campus until they get a notification of completion of studies from their institution. Once international students have received notification that they have completed their studies they can continue to work in Canada only if they have applied for a work permit (e.g., Post Graduation Work Permit Program). Students must stop working if their work permit application is refused. International students who have not applied for a work permit (e.g., Post Graduation Work Permit Program or under the Temporary Foreign Worker Program), are not authorized to work in Canada. 30

31 Myths about Express Entry Express Entry is a new immigration program. Express Entry is not a new program it is an application management system that manages the three existing federal economic immigration programs (Federal Skilled Worker, Federal Skilled Trades and Canadian Experience Class) and a portion of the Provincial Nominee Program 31

32 Myths about Express Entry Students are disadvantaged by Express Entry. In fact, international students have some great advantages over others when it comes to Express Entry Often international students get their work experience after they graduate through a Post Graduation Work Permit. That plus their official language proficiency, education, Canadian work experience and youth, they are positioned well for success under Express Entry. Candidates aged also receive maximum points for age 32

33 Myths about Express Entry Only people with job offers can fill out a profile or can get an invitation to apply through Express Entry. Job offers are an asset, not a requirement. A job offer is not necessary to fill out an Express Entry profile or to get an invitation to apply. Candidates are invited to apply based on their skills and experience alone A job offer may be required if the candidate needs it to meet the requirements for one of the programs under Express Entry e.g. It may be needed for some Federal Skilled Worker and Federal Skilled Trades candidates 33

34 Myths about Express Entry Express Entry puts those who have LMIA exempt work permits (under NAFTA, etc.) at a disadvantage. LMIA exempt work permits such as those under NAFTA, are in place to support temporary access to employment in Canada not permanent residency The 600 additional points for LMIA-backed job offers are intended for candidates who fill labour market needs that cannot be legitimately filled by Canadians or permanent residents 34

35 Myths about Express Entry The Express Entry System is not transparent. Express Entry candidates are selected to receive an invitation to apply in a transparent and public way, without subjectivity The system electronically reviews, assesses and calculates a CRS score given to a candidate after they submit their profile The CRS scoring charts are on the CIC website CIC publishes information before and after each round on the CIC website score of the lowest ranking ITA issued 35

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