Individuals applying through the Express Entry program are required to fulfill requirements specified for the different Canadian immigration programs like Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), Canadian Experience Class (CEC), Provincial Nominee Program (PNP), Canada Federal Trade Program (CFTP).
The Express Entry program is a way of selecting skilled immigrants to enter Canada. This way the Canadian government gets the benefit of the best-skilled individuals across the globe who can help build the economy of the country. The individuals who wish to shift to Canada permanently along with their family get tremendous benefits provided by the government including excellent healthcare, retirement benefits, etc.
Skilled workers who wish to settle permanently in Canada can apply under the Express Entry program. There are several programs available for skilled workers to enter the country with a valid work visa. Depending on your answers to questions related to your language ability, education, skills, experience, and job offer, you might be informed about the areas which are best suited for your skillset.
If you are applying under the Express Entry program of Canada, you need to pay CAD 825 for the application processing fee and CAD 500 for the Permanent Residence Right fee. The processing fee in case your spouse is also applying for the Express Entry program will be another CAD 825 and CAD 500, respectively. For a dependent child, the fee is CAD 225.
Compared to other online ways, the Express Entry program is a more transparent process. It provides a single stage where individuals can apply under different categories using just a single application. Any individual who meets the CRS points criteria gets a fast-track way to the visa application. Even the draw to select applicants for ITA has been done continuously every fortnight. Applicants can even make changes to their application after submitting it in the express entry pool.
The processing time taken depends on individual applications, with work experience playing an important role. Usually, the processing of applications under the Express Entry program with adequate points takes around 6 months.
The FSW program for experienced skilled individuals is considered one of the best ways to get Canadian PR through the Express Entry program, especially if their skills are in the demand list of occupations. The Federal Skilled Trade program is preferred by skilled workers who are not only qualified but also experienced in their respective skills. The CEC is preferred by those applicants who have skills, language proficiency (English/French) as well as work experience in Canada. The PNP program is used by applicants when they have chosen the Canadian province in which they would prefer to settle. Most provinces of Canada have their separate PNP programs that allow applicants with specific skills required specifically in those provinces.