Express Entry is a management system for skilled foreign workers who want to immigrate to Canada as permanent residents through particular Canadian visa programs. Skilled foreign workers must complete an online Express Entry profile, which includes information about their family, English or French language skills, education, work experience and other factors. If a Canadian immigration official reviews their profile and determines that the applicant seems to be eligible for one of the qualifying Canadian visa programs, the profile will be placed in the Express Entry pool of candidates. When an applicant receives an Invitation to Apply (ITA), he or she will have 60 days to file the application for Canadian permanent residency and should get a visa decision in less than six months.
Skilled foreign workers and their family members who are approved for Express Entry to Canada will be granted Canadian permanent resident status and be authorized to live, study and work in Canada for an unlimited length of time. A permanent resident of Canada receives many benefits, including the option to become a Canadian citizen after living in Canada three years during a five year period and meeting other criteria.
Qualifying Visa Programs
Skilled foreign workers who meet the eligibility requirements for one of the following Canadian visa programs may be able to apply for Express Entry immigration to Canada: