Express Entry (EE)
Express Entry is a new recruitment model for the selection of immigrants through several existing programs including both the Federal Skilled Worker and the Canadian Experience Class programs (see below). Through EE individuals who meet the criteria for one of these programs are placed into a pool of candidates. The Government of Canada, provincial and territorial governments, and Canadian employers will be able to select individuals from this pool in order to meet labour market requirements.
The EE program has significantly altered the immigration system. While it promises to speed up the immigration process, it has also made it more difficult for applicants to be accepted without a validated job offer from a Canadian employer, or without a Provincial Nomination.
To see if you qualify for Express Entry, complete our Assessment form.
Federal Skilled Worker (FSW)
The Federal Skilled Worker program assesses candidates based on the notion of Human Capital (an individuals ability to become economically established within Canada after immigrating). The FSW program uses a points-based system. Starting in January 2015 there are now no restricted occupations and nor is there a cap on the number of possible candidates. Because all candidates will be pooled together, the competition for spots will be very robust. There are six selection criteria:
- skills in English and/or French (Canada’s two official languages),
- work experience,
- a valid job offer, and
- adaptability (ability to settle into society).
To see if you qualify for the Federal Skilled Worker program (via Express Entry), complete our Assessment form today.
Canadian Experience Class (CEC)
This program is a federal permanent residence program for temporary foreign workers who have gained full-time Canadian work experience and are familiar with Canadian society and Canada’s labour market. This program is also for foreign students who have gained Canadian credentials and have full-time Canadian work experience during the qualifying period.
Applicants must have maintained temporary resident status during their qualifying period of work experience as well as during any period of full-time study or training in Canada. As with the change to the FSW program, new this year in the CEC program is that individuals will need to apply through the Express Entry (see above) process. This is different than in previous years, when one could apply directly into the CEC program. Now individuals must compete with candidates from other programs and only the top ranked will be selected and invited to apply. Having an error-free application is of utmost importance, now more than ever.
To see if you qualify for the Canadian Experience Class program (via Express Entry), complete an Assessment today.
Provincial Nominee Programs (PNP)
Provincial Nominee Programs allow provinces to nominate individuals who wish to immigrate to Canada and who are interested in settling in a particular province. If you have the skills and experience a particular province of Canada requires, that province will recommend to the federal government that your visa application be approved.
Several PNP programs now utilize the Express Entry process.
Are your skills in demand? See if you qualify.
Canada’s immigration policy has been devised to keep families together. Canada has one of the most generous family reunification programs in the developed world and prioritizes the processing of family sponsorship applications.
A sponsor can be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of at least 18 years old, and residing in Canada. Such an individual can file an application to sponsor another. Not only can married spouses sponsor each other for immigration to Canada, but common-law partners, same-sex partners and conjugal partners are now considered members of the family class.
Effective December 22, 2014, eligible spouses or common-law partners have the opportunity to work in Canada while they wait for their application for permanent residence to be processed.
A Labour Market Impact Assessment assesses the impact of a Temporary Foreign Worker (TFW) on the Canadian labour market. The goal is to balance market needs (helping companies obtain talent that may not be available locally) with that of protecting Canadian workers from unfair competition.
In many cases both an application for an LMIA AND a separate work permit application must be completed. Contact us to see how we can help; we have extensive experience in this area and can save your company money and help you avoid a labour shortage.