Canada has this year invited almost twice as many Express Entry candidates compared to the same time last year. So, what is it?

It is a fast-tracked pathway to have your visa application processed and there are three economic programs that fall under this system:

  • Federal Skilled Worker Program – highly skilled workers such as doctors, architects, managers.
  • Federal Trade Worker Program – skilled trade workers such as electricians, plumbers, and chefs.
  • Canada Experience Class – high skilled workers with Canadian work experience.

To be successful, applicants will have to meet certain entry prerequisites, have enough money to settle, and meet the expected requirements of each program. So far, Canada has invited 94,304 Express Entry candidates to apply. If you are eligible for an Express Entry-managed program, your score will be based on the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). This system awards applicants a ‘score’, based on criteria such as their age, education, language skills, and work experience. Usually every two weeks, the Canadian government holds Express Entry draws providing permanent residence invitations to those with the highest CRS scores.