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Express Entry Programs
Express Entry is the application management system three Canadian immigration programs: the Canadian Experience Class (CEC), the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSW), and the Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP). PNP candidates in the Express Entry pool have already qualified for one of these programs.
We pursue PNP and FSW programs.
Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSW):
The Federal Skilled Worker (FSW) program is managed under the Express Entry system and uses the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) to rank candidates who wish to settle permanently in Canada. Unlike the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) candidates, Federal Skilled Workers are not required to have Canadian work experience to enter the Express Entry pool. Instead, candidates must meet a minimum points requirement based on factors such as age, work experience, language ability, and education. Once in the pool, applicants with the most competitive CRS scores will receive invitations to apply for Canadian permanent residence. The current pass marks are 67 and CRS score is calculated on a total of 1200 points.
Provincial Nominee Program (PNP)
Canada’s provincial nominee programs (PNPs) also comes under Express Entry and it offer a pathway to Canadian permanent residence for individuals who are interested in immigrating to a specific Canadian province or territory.
Each Canadian province and territory operate its own PNP designed to meet its specific economic and demographic needs. Each province, with the exception of Quebec, operates several PNP streams. These streams are designed by the provinces to help meet their unique immigration goals, so the eligibility criteria and application procedures vary.
All decisions regarding Canadian permanent residence must be approved at the national level by the federal government, so Canada’s provinces cannot approve permanent resident status on their own. This is why the provincial programs are considered “nominee” programs.
If an applicant is nominated through a PNP which is aligned with Express Entry, the applicant can then claim 600 additional Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points, virtually guaranteeing they will receive an invitation to apply (ITA) for permanent residence in the next Express Entry draw.
- Canadian Spousal/Dependent Sponsorship:
The spouse, common-law partner or conjugal partner seeking to immigrate to Canada must be sponsored by a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, who must also submit a sponsorship application in support of the foreign spouse.
Following are the requirements of Canadian Spouse Sponsorship:
- The sponsor must be able to prove Canadian citizenship or legal permanent residence
- The sponsor must be willing to file a sponsorship application on behalf of the partner
- Both the sponsor and the partner must be at least 18 years old at the time of application (but not necessarily at the time of the marriage, if local law permits minors to marry)
- The partner must fall within the appropriate family category: spouse, common-law partner or conjugal partner
- The sponsor must prove his or her ability to support both parties financially and must sign a Sponsorship Agreement guaranteeing financial support to the partner for three years after permanent residence is approved