The Express Entry drawings for all programs, including the Federal Skilled Worker Program, have resumed (FSWP). Applicants from outside Canada will now be asked to apply for permanent residency due to these draws.
Due to restrictions linked to the COVID-19 epidemic, Express Entry drawings were halted for nearly eighteen months. During the height of the pandemic, international travel was restricted, and government laws were regularly altered. Canada held its first all-program draw since December of 2020 on July 6.
With the removal of travel limitations, Canada will steadily boost Express Entry admissions over the next few years. It has set a target of yearly receiving over 110,00 Express Entry immigrants by 2024.
What is the Federal Skilled Worker Program?
The FSWP is the major route for skilled foreign workers to become permanent citizens of Canada.
The program targets skilled people who can use their work experience, education, language skills, and other human capital considerations to establish themselves economically in Canada.
It was the first immigration program in the world to use a point system to evaluate candidates, a method that has since been followed by countries such as Australia and New Zealand.
Who is eligible for the FSWP?
Each Express Entry program has distinct eligibility requirements. The FSWP is the most prevalent Express Entry program track for individuals who have never worked or studied in Canada.
Candidates must first confirm that they satisfy the following FSWP requirements:
- Minimum of one year of specialized job experience
- A minimum Canadian Language Benchmark score of 7 on either the English or French test
- A minimum of one academic credential
- Provide evidence of money (if applicable)
- Score a minimum of 67 out of a possible 100 points on the FSWP scoring grid.
An applicant must have at least one year of skilled job experience corresponding to Canada’s National Occupational Classification (NOC) skill codes 0, A, or B.
Canada’s NOC codes determine the education and competence required for a given occupation or career within the same industry. For the FSWP and all Express Entry programs, three NOC categories qualify:
- NOC 0: Management positions
- NOC A: Professions that ordinarily need a university degree
- NOC B: Skilled crafts and occupations
To be eligible, candidates for the FSWP must have finished secondary school, either in Canada or abroad. If a candidate’s education was completed abroad, an Educational Credential Assessment is required (ECA). The evaluation demonstrates that their foreign education is equivalent to a Canadian diploma, degree, or certification.
To be eligible for the FSWP, applicants must pass a standardized language exam with a minimum CLB score of 7 in reading, writing, hearing, and speaking in English or French.
Proof of funds
Candidates for the FSWP should also show that they have sufficient funds to support themselves and any dependents while searching for work in Canada. The settlement cash amount fluctuates according to the number of individuals requiring assistance.
FSWP Points Grid
The FSWP points grid evaluates variables such as work experience, language proficiency, and human capital. This implies that individuals are also considered based on their age, work status, and other adaptability considerations, such as having a brother or other family in Canada.
Each factor is assigned a point value, with applicants receiving a maximum score of 100 points. To qualify for FSWP, a minimum score of 67 must be achieved. The FSWP is the only program that uses this grid for Express Entry.
What is Express Entry?
Express Entry is a system that manages applications for three of IRCC’s economic immigration programs: the Federal Skilled Worker Program, the Federal Skilled Trades Program, and the Canadian Experience Class (CEC).
How does it work?
Before applying, candidates must first determine whether they meet the program’s fundamental eligibility requirements. If they match the requirements, they can post a profile on the Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) website.
The applicant will get a numeric score based on the Comprehensive Ranking System once the profile has been completed (CRS). A CRS score is meant to provide an objective tool for comparing candidates.
This assists IRCC in selecting immigrants more likely to establish themselves economically and contribute in-demand talents to the Canadian labor force.
Applicants with higher scores have a greater chance of receiving an invitation to apply (ITA) for permanent residency. After receiving an ITA, candidates have sixty days to apply.
How much time will it take?
Immigration minister Sean Fraser has said that new Express Entry candidates should anticipate their application to be handled within six months of receiving an ITA and submitting their final permanent residence application.
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