Express Entry is a completely electronic process used by Canadian government to manage applications for skilled and qualified workers involving the Canadian federal government, provincial governments and Canadian employers. Express Entry is much more than just an immigration program, it’s more like a system used by IRCC (Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada), to choose candidates eligible for immigration to Canada.
It helps managing applications for Canadian permanent residence through various immigration programs, which are designed for the immigration of skilled and qualified workers in Canada and helps to facilitate people socially and economically. EE is not like any other online immigration form or application, it helps you serve the best for your needs and is the most efficient system with almost 80% applications processed in less than 6 months.
Before EE the original 'first come, first served" option was opted, but with the coming of EE the Canadian government are able to help individuals avoid arbitrary or random selections. Thus, helping them to reduce people who fail to get jobs as with the help of EE now immigrants are able to get better fitting jobs in the present vacancies.
The Basic Express Entry Process firstly involves determining whether or not an individual is eligible. It involves the process of filling out the Free Canadian Visa assessment which compares all your qualifications and helps you with the program you desire to pursue. In the next step, you are supposed to fill out the desired program and occupation according to your online profile for the Canadian Government.
An individual is supposed to make his/her online profile presentable which is very important as there are a total of 1200 points under the CRS (comprehensive Ranking System) program. Thus to improve your ranking and to create a perfect profile you should have a good command over English/French. You can also compare your CRS score if you have a spouse or common-law partner. Sometimes an applicant’s CRS score may, in fact, be lower than that of their accompanying partner. In such a case, it is preferable for spouse or partner to be the principal applicant. Your Education level and job experience also matters a lot, everyone in the Express Entry pool should be proactively preparing for an ITA or provincial nomination.
Candidates in EE are given a score out of 1200 under the CRS. This score is very important as it is used to rank every candidate immigrating to Canada according to their economic and social well being. ITA (invitation to apply) is then received after getting a score under this CRS system.
Express Entry Profile
Candidates need to create a profile online through Express Entry, which involves a few simple steps and requirements. Candidates are chosen and preferred on the basis of ranking system and candidates meeting all the above requirements get selected in the Express Entry pool.
They will be judged on the basis of:
- Language skills
- Academic/educational qualification and exposure
- Canadian work experience
- Factors including provincial/territorial trade certificate.
EE also includes FSW, CEC, FSTC, and all Federal skills Migration Initiatives. There are different categories through which the immigrants can apply such as:
Provincial Nomination Programs
This program includes specific provinces. The PNP nomination means that various provinces of Canada will choose and nominate various individuals who have signed in to immigrate and wish to settle down in a particular place in Canada. Every Canadian province and territory has its unique PNP program with respect to the Express Entry immigration.Enhanced Provincial Nomination
Most Canadian provinces and territories are able to nominate a certain number of candidates through the Express Entry system to meet local and provincial labor market needs. These portions of the PNPs are known as 'enhanced' nominations.Base Provincial Nomination
Provinces and territories are also able to make nominations under their regular, or 'base', PNP streams outside the Express Entry system.
PNP's in Canada are always looking for eligible and well-informed candidates trying to get citizenships and PRs. A nominee is always required to submit an application for PR status to IRCC. Only Nunavut and Quebec are not included in governments PNP
Here are the Key Provincial Nominee Programs of Canada:
Atlantic immigration Pilot
The Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program: This Program was recently launched by the Canadian government for skilled workers and international graduates who want to live permanently in one of the Atlantic provinces of Canada, these provinces are:
- New Brunswick
- Newfoundland and Labrador
- Nova Scotia
- Prince Edward Island
To apply under this visa program, candidates have 3 different types to choose from:
Atlantic intermediate-skilled program;
Atlantic high-skilled program and
Atlantic International Graduate Program.
Atlantic Intermediate-Skilled Program: This program allows the permitted foreign workers to acquire job offers apply for permanent residency. All the candidate has to do is acquire a job offer and submit the respective proof from an employer or institution in Atlantic Canada to the immigration authority. Candidates and applicants with respectable job offers and experience can come under the category of NOC C, provided by the Canadian immigration.
- Candidates most importantly need an experience of a minimum of one year at skill level C within the last 3 years the candidate has spent in Canada or any other respective province.
- The Canadian immigration has also mentioned a particular number of hours i.e. 1,560 hours per year if then he/she works 30 hours a week.
- The candidate must also count hours working in part-time or full-time jobs and the hours must be in one occupation and the self-employed job doesn’t count in this category.
Applicant must always make sure that the job offer related to his/her experience certificates and proves must be inside an Atlantic institution or employer. There are a few requirements including the fact that the employer must be a designated authority and must have confirmation of Designation from the provinces mentioned.
- The job must be non seasonal and the length of employment must be permanent.
- Thus, to sum it up the candidates job offer should be full time and permanent. According to the job skill type given by the Canadian, the job must come under the skill type 0, A, B, or C.
- The job should also be supported by a provincial certificate of endorsement from the province that indicates that the job and the provided job certificates and documentations are authentic and that a needs of assessment has been completed and a settlement plan is in place for the applicant and each member of his/her family.
- Also, very importantly, for a perfect and promising job offer, a Canadian secondary or post secondary document and degree/diploma is required.
- For Canada, a particular document namely ECA (Educational Credential Assessment) is also an option as this particular report must be less than 5 years with respect to the date on the application for Permanent Residency in a Canadian Province.
The candidate must have language tests to show his or her qualification and they must be less than 2 years old.
Candidates also require proof of funds with enough funds to support yourself and your family. After completing all the steps, candidates can also fill out the PR application.
Atlantic High-Skilled Program:
The Atlantic High-Skilled Program a candidate can apply for Canada Permanent Residency can apply if they are eligible to be employed in Atlantic Canada as foreign workers. Candidates falling under the category of NOC 0, A or B may apply.
This program has very peculiar characteristics and necessities to apply. If the candidate is not eligible for this program, he/she should consider the Intermediate Skilled Program to check whether He/She will be ever getting qualified for this Visa program.
At least one year at skill type/level 0, A, or B within the last three years is required. In the previous 3 years, candidates are required to work for a minimum of 1,560 hours, where self-employment jobs are not considered and the counted hours must be in one occupation which can be part time or full-time jobs
Candidate must secure a job offer related to your work experience from an Atlantic employer.
This job offer should be Full-time or part-time (at least 30 paid hours per week)
- The job must be non-seasonal and the employer must have a confirmation of designation from the province and must fall under the skill type level 0,A or B.
- The job offer should most importantly be genuine and must be legal in every single way. There are a certain proves required such as provincial certificate of endorsement from the province. The candidate must also have the required settlement plans for him/her.
- After the completion of the details and fulfillment of all the forms and necessities for at least one year from the date of the job, permanent residence can be granted to the candidate.
To fulfill the education qualifications under this visa program, a candidate must be a high school or post secondary pass out, with a certified diploma/degree with the Canadian education qualification criteria, ECA (Educational Credential Assessment)
Atlantic International Graduate Program:
Under this visa program, eligible foreign workers with a job offer from an employer in Atlantic Canada can submit their application for Canadian permanent residency. This program also helps international candidate and even graduates to submit their respective applications without the requirement of any work experience. Therefore, candidates don’t require Work experience.
You must most importantly acquire a job offer related to your specific work experience from any Atlantic employer.
This job offer should be:
- Full-time and non-seasonal (at least 30 paid hours per week). This means the job must have regular paid and guaranteed employment throughout the year.
- A minimum of one year, if the candidate wishes to acquire Permanent Residency.
- Under the Canadian fixed skill types, that are level 0, A, B, or C
- Should be supported by a provincial certificate of endorsement from the province. This confirms that the job offer is genuine and that assessment has been completed. The candidate is then finally required to prove and show some of the settlement and adaptability plans and documents to settle in Canada and its provinces.
- The candidate must have a minimum of a 2-year degree, diploma, certificate, or trade or apprenticeship credential from a recognized and publicly-funded school or college in any Atlantic province.
- The applicant must be a full time student in Canada up to a minimum of 2 years and he/she must be graduated in the last 12 months as compared to the date of the application form.
- Graduated in the last 12 months when you apply and you must take one of the language tests to prove the language skills.
- The candidate must be resided in one of the provinces in the Atlantic for a minimum of 16 months when compared to the last 2 years before his/her graduation. The candidate also need to have a proper Visa and permit for work and study in Canada.
Under the self-employed category, the applicant engaged in cultural activities, athletics at world class level or buying and managing a farm are considered. This Visa is for candidates with at least 2 years of experience in the past 5 years before the date of applying.
Candidates are required to clear medical and language exams with all the security checks. The applicants meet the point based criteria based on education, experience, age, English / French language skills, and adaptability. The applicant has to have a minimum 35 points in order to migrate under the self-employed category. The experience will be relevant for any candidate if it is a minimum of 2 years for cultural activities or even athletics.
Québec Immigrant - Investor Program (QIIP)
The Quebec Immigrant Investor Program (QIIP) allows investors to invest money and get Canadian permanent residence visa. Investors are required to invest CAD $1.2 million through an approved financial intermediary or by financing that investment.
A new intake period for the QIIP program began September 10th, 2018, and is expected to run until August 31st, 2019. The quota for this intake period is 1750 applications where a maximum of 1,235 applications will be accepted from China (including Hong Kong and Macau).
If candidates are applying for immigration as an investor, then they must sign an investment agreement with one of the financial intermediaries, trust companies or brokers who are allowed to participate in the Investor Program.
We, at Opulence, are in direct agreement with an approved financial intermediary for executing the Quebec Investor Program and have very limited seats left for the financial year closing in March.
We can also organize 100% finance of CAD $ 1.2 million investment for our clients at very competitive rates. So, if you engage our services, you will get priority processing with the Quebec government for this project.
Candidates under this program are awarded points based on six different factors, with maximum points available being 94. A minimum passing score of 40 points is required and the mandatory cut-off scores of 10 points and 25 points for management experience and financial investment, respectively, must be satisfied.
Here are some of the factors, which include:
- Education level/areas of training and experience in management.
- Age and language proficiency- English/French
- Residence and family in Quebec
- and the Investment Agreement.
Candidates who satisfy the required management experience and financial investment will only need five additional points to meet the passing score which is 40.
These points and requirements are met if the candidate satisfies only one of the following requirements:
- 6 points are awarded for a post secondary schooling up to One or Two years of full time studies.
- 6 Points are awarded for an undergraduate university degree up to two years of full-time studies
Quebec investor program candidates may be invited to a selection interview for a review of their application.
It is an investment without risk: The investment of CAD $1,200,000 is guaranteed by the Quebec government and returned in full after five years.
- It is a passive investment: No active managerial role is required after the investment is made.
- Your immediate Family's included in the application: All immediate members of the candidate's family (spouse and dependent children) are included in the application and have the same status as the candidate.
- Permanent resident status: Candidates can enjoy benefits provided to Canadians including PR status such as free public education, universal health care etc.
Candidates must meet the following requirements:
The Québec Entrepreneur Program (QEP)
The QEP is a great chance and opportunity for business people (Business Owners & Managers) to obtain permanent residency to Canada as the demand for Canadian Permanent Residency is very high.
Note: The Quebec government began accepting 25 new applications under Component One and 35 new applications under the Quebec Entrepreneur Program on August 15, 2018. The intake period will continue until March 31, 2019.
Eligibility for QEP (Overleaf)
- Candidate must have assets of at least CAD $300,000 that should have been legally obtained.
- Candidate must own 25% of shareholding in the business and the business is profitable.
- And the applicant must have 2 years of full-time experience running a business in the last 5 years.
Interested Entrepreneurs can apply under the following:
- Candidates can open and manage business ventures in Quebec with a minimum investment of CAD $ 100,000.
- Applicants can even purchase at least 25% of any particular business in Quebec by investing minimum CAD $ 100,000 and are actively involved in its’ daily operation.
The Quebec Immigration Ministry or (MIDI) says that entrepreneurs interested in obtaining permanent residence in Quebec must be 18 years of age or older and must operate a business according to the requirements of the Entrepreneur Program. The candidates can even obtain additional points for French language proficiency but, it is not compulsory in order to apply to the program. All the Entrepreneur applicants must show proofs to reside in Quebec.
Under this program, applicants submit a project which should be related to their respective business as it is an important factor for the assessment of the respective candidate. This step involves a selection interview which is the final step to complete the whole process under the Quebec Entrepreneur Program.
The following are the minimum requirements
|Education level||Secondary school general diploma|
|Financial Self-sufficiency||Submission of a contract to prove financial self-sufficiency|
|Business project||Provision of a service offer from an enterprise incubator or
accelerator or university entrepreneurship centre and demonstrate
successful evaluation of the business project
Foreign nationals interested in applying under Component Two of the Quebec Entrepreneur Program are required to obtain the passing score of 81 points in all 13 factors under Quebec's Economic Class selection grid to be considered for selection.
Candidates under Component Two of Quebec's Entrepreneur Program are awarded points for factors that include education level, areas of training, age, language proficiency in French and English, and family or sponsors in Quebec.
|Education level||Secondary school general diploma|
|Financial proofs||Contracts proving financial funds and proofs.|
|Business project||Demonstrate a successful evaluation of the business project.|
|Deposit for startup||Provide a start-up deposit of $300,000 for a business in the metropolitan area of Montreal and a deposit of $200,000 for a business outside the metropolitan area of Montreal.|
|Business/Experience||Candidate must have at least 25% of the equity of the respective business or 51 % of the equity if the enterprise is not shared with a common spouse or law partner. This implies that the total contribution by the candidate must be greater than the amount used to start up the project.|
|Minimum net worth||Have at least financial resources of $900,000|
The following are the minimum requirements for Component Two
The applicant can operate the business with a spouse or common-law partner but there are no additional points awarded for an applicant with a spouse or common-law partner.
The MIDI requires candidates applying under Component Two to provide a performance guarantee deposit of $200,000 that is refundable if certain conditions are met.
There are a number of ways you can apply for a sponsorship visa. The different ways include different family relations which are; Common law partners, parents, and grandparents, children, siblings, nephews, niece and spouses. These programs allow Canadian citizens and PR's to sponsor their respective blood-related relatives to come to Canada. The application fee as well dependents upon the relative of the family you choose from the above category. A common sponsorship application will cost you around CAN $75 whereas for a spouse or common-law partner it costs 550 $CAN and for a family member under 22 the fee is CAN $150 . Therefore, a total of CAN $1,040 for a relative over 22 years and CAN $640 for under 22.
A sponsor must be an adult Canadian citizen or PR over the age of 18. She/he must reside in Canada, and must not be involved in any criminal activity or have failed to pay child support, health care or immigration loans.
The applicant must first be able to prove the nature of the relationship between the sponsor and the sponsored.
For a spouse, the applicant must make sure that they are legally married with all the legal documentation. Common law partners as well must be living together for at least one year to apply for the visa under spouse or common-law partner. The sponsor must be a relative and must sign a sponsorship agreement whether he/she is a son/grandparent or parent. The province of Quebec a special undertaking is required.
The sponsor is also required to provide a financial report to himself and the relative and must be able to prove it to the Canadian government and for at least a time period of 20 years in case of parents and Grandparents. The sponsor also needs to show the medical cover for the sponsored relative for around 1 year and the sponsored person also has to undergo a medical examination with police validation and inquiry.
Therefore, according to different relations, a Canadian PR or citizen can sponsor anyone from anywhere with the help of some well-proved documents and requirements.
Visitor / Super Visa
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has reopened the Visitor/Super Visa program, it specially helping parents and grandparents as Canadian Residents can now sponsor them without much difficulty.
The parents and grandparents of Canadian citizens and permanent citizens are allowed to apply for an extended visitor’s visa known as Super Visa to live with their family for a longer duration. The Super visa is generally valid for ten years, in which the candidate can stay for a maximum period of 2 years once a stay. It is a temporary visa and candidates are allowed to stay for a minimum of 2 years in a single visit. This visa is however applicable to a minimum of 10 years. The processing time of this Super Visa is approximately 8 weeks, And, The difference between a Visitor Visa and Super Visa is the status period of each, as in Super Visa candidate can stay up to 2 years and in visitor visa candidate can stay up to 6 to 8 months.
The applicant for a parent and grandparents super visa has to meet certain standards. The application for this visa is submitted to a visa office which can be in or outside of Canada.
The first step involves the applicant to qualify for the eligibility of a regular visitor visa. Apart from having good health and valid travel document, the applicant needs to satisfy a Canadian immigration official that they will leave the country at the end of their authorized stay. Applicants also need to show that they have sufficient ties to their home such as family, property or job and they should also have sufficient funds to be able to support themselves financially for the length of their stay with all the medical exams and health insurances.
Additionally, the individual applicant must:
- Demonstrate and prove that they are the parent or grandparent of a Canadian citizen or permanent resident;
- Get medical insurance from a Canadian insurance company that is well founded for one year, contributing a minimum coverage of $100,000 for health care, hospitalization, and repatriation;
- Undergo a medical examination.
Finally, there are a few criteria’s that the applicant’s family member in Canada must follow, for example
- They are required to proof that they are Canadian citizen or PR.
- They should then most importantly send sponsorship papers known as the letter of Invitation which will hold all the desired information including the schedule, financial needs and status, financial support and all the related personal information of the candidate visiting Canada. With the following applications, documentations regarding the income must also be required.
Parents and grandparents having a Super visa have the rights and restrictions of a regular tourist visa holder as they are not allowed to work or study while their stay in Canada. Individuals who are interested in applying for a Parent and Grandparent Super visa can contact our immigration experts at OPULENCE.
CANADA – PNP BUSINESS PROGRAMS
- Invest $1,50,000 (INR 75 Lac) & more in Business to Get Family Permanent Residency (PR)
- Canada - British Columbia Business / Entrepreneur Program (BC PNP - B) Invest $2,00,000 (INR 1 Cr.) & more in Business to Get Family Permanent Residency (PR)
- Net assets should be obtained legally
- Each state has its investment requirements and pool selection criteria via point system
- Be between 22-55 years of age; and
- have a score of at least 5 on the Canadian Language Benchmark Test in speaking, listening, reading and writing competencies in English or French; and
- have completed a minimum of two years of full-time post-secondary education after completing high school; and
- have a verifiable personal net worth** of at least CAD $600,000 of which CAD $300,000 must be liquid and unencumbered funds; and
- have at least three out of five years of experience in managing and owning a business (of at least 33.3%);
have five years out of five of experience in a senior business management role or more; and
- want to live permanently in the Province of Choice, while owning and managing a local business; and
Entrepreneur and Farm Category
This PNP is for immigrants who would invest their money and time in the province’s business and economy flow. This category helps candidates and their families to settle down and start a business and operate it in the province.
- Candidate must have full proof of obtaining the business and the place to set up with valid proofs and verification and a net worth of around CAD $500,000.
- Candidate must have at least 3 to 4 years of experience in business management.
- Candidates are even required to invest around 300,000 $CAD in local business or community and the business must align with the point’s grid of SINP. The candidate also has to own more than 33% of the equity of the business he/she wishes to start in the province of Saskatchewan.
The candidate must have a net worth of 500,000 $CAD and must sign an agreement that commits him/her to buy a farm in the province with a cash deposit around 75,000 $CAD which is held in trust by the government. This category even includes young farmer stream with candidates who are beginners in the field with an experience of around 3 years.
Manitoba is located exactly in the geographic center of Canada making it a great location for foreign students. With an economy based largely on natural resources and agriculture, the province of Manitoba is a major driver of Canada’s wealth. Manitoba’s population of approximately 1.2 million is located largely in and around the capital city of Winnipeg. The MPNP provide PR status for candidates who wish to move to the province as skilled workers, students or entrepreneurs. The MPNP is basically divided into 2 subcategories or streams; namely; skilled worker stream and Business investor stream.
Skilled Worker Stream
Through this stream, skilled and experienced workers from overseas can be helped by the government to move and PR status in Manitoba, which includes both skilled workers in Manitoba and overseas.
Business Investor Stream
This category allows the province of Manitoba to nominate business investors with experience and valid qualifications from all across the globe. Candidates must have the required intent and the funds to set up a business in Manitoba within the starting years of their arrival in Canada. This is further divided into;
- The Business/Entrepreneur Pathway – This is the best option for candidates looking for business and its establishment in Manitoba. The Manitoba self-assessment assigns points based on the factors of age, education, work experience, language skills, and adaptability. A score out of 150 total points is given based on these factors. Both of these pathways work on EOI.
The farm Investor Pathway- Similar to the business pathway, the farm investor also follows the same factors and criteria for selection in the province, but there are a few eligibility criteria, such as;
- The candidate must have a minimum of 3 years of farm ownership as well as experience in handling farms and its respective business.
- A minimum of CAD $500,000 must be provided by the candidate as a proof of funds or capital investment in any form.
- Including all the factors on the points scale and education requirements, a candidate must be able to proof and demonstrate adaptability, skills, knowledge and various practices related to farms and farming business. This will help the candidate to settle down in the province and convince the province’s immigration department that he/she will be able to contribute to Manitoba’s farms and its product’s development and production industry.
- Candidate must be between the age of 21 to 45, with proper and valid documents of experience and education with EOI.
- The candidate must have at least 2 years of full-time work experience and be capable to adapt and find a suitable job/business to survive and live in Manitoba.
- He/she must submit a settlement plan which shows his/her economic and social well being and must be able to clear the CLB language test.
- The points calculated in the point’s grid of MPNP is basically based on age, language ability, work experience and adaptability to other economic and social/work factors.
- Personal information includes birth certificates, educational documents, marital status, work experience documents, settlement plans and passports which are the most important of them all.
Manitoba Farm Investor Pathway
The Farm Investor Pathway (FIP) is a niche rural economic initiative under the Business Investor Stream (BIS) of the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP). The FIP is a Direct Nomination
economic immigration model specifically for rural Manitoba. The MPNP will only invite suitable farm business candidates to apply where a long-term economic contribution to rural Manitoba can be achieved through their nomination.
MPNP FIP Eligibility Criteria
To be eligible to apply to the FIP, candidates must:
- have a minimum verifiable personal net worth of CAD$500,000.
- have a minimum of three years farm ownership, as well as experience in managing your farm operation supported by verifiable documents.
- demonstrate adaptability, specifically relating to practical farming skills, technical knowledge and experience in technological based farming practices that will transfer directly to Manitoba’s current primary farm production industry.
Alberta is one of the finest and most well know province in Canada, with beautiful natural sites, cultural diversity, and the best educational universities, Alberta Province is one of its kind. Alberta is covered by other provinces like Saskatchewan in the east, BC in the west and Northwest Territories in the north.
The AINP consists of the following immigration streams:
- Alberta Opportunity Stream
This stream allows individuals who meet the stream's minimum eligibility requirements and are working in Alberta.
- Alberta Express Entry Stream
This stream allows the Government of Alberta to nominate eligible candidates from Canada's Express Entry System.
- Alberta Self-Employed Farmer Stream
As the name suggests, the Alberta Self Employment farmer stream helps and allows candidates with skillfulness and experience in farming and its particular techniques to purchase and develop a farm in Alberta province to apply for PR status. This specific stream is very preferable as the requirement for farmers in the province is on a rise and with a particular amount of funds and fixed capitals, candidates can apply under this Visa stream. Therefore, the immigration process is profound and offers fast-track immigration for self-employed and qualified farmers. All the applicants must be self-employed and must also have farm management skills with sufficient financial resources.
- Applicants must invest a minimum of CDN $ 500000 capital investment in the business related to farming in the province which can be in the form of assets or liquid funds like mutual funds.
- Candidates are required to have financial documentation of his/her farming business.
- Candidate must have a proposed business plan to settle down in Alberta with proper documentation of education, work experience, training and all the farming requirements for his/her business to prosper.
- And most importantly, the candidate must provide a proof that a Canadian financial institution will be willing to finance and support the business to help settle down in the province.
Alberta Self-Employed Farmer Stream (AINP)
There is a special requirement for farmers in Alberta as well and the program offers fast track immigration and applicant will carry out farming business in Alberta only under this program.Program Requirements
Self-Employed Farmer stream must meet the following criteria.
Farm management skills: Applicants must prove that they have farm management skills.
Proof of this may include, but is not limited to:
- financial documentation of an existing farm business
- documentation of education, training and work experience
- a proposed business plan for the farming enterprise you are considering in Alberta
- proof that a Canadian financial institution is willing to finance your proposed farming business
Sufficient financial resources: Applicants must be able to invest a minimum of CDN $500,000 of equity in a primary production farming business in Alberta, however preference will be given if you can invest more than the minimum funds required. Minimum net worth should be CDN $500,000 in form of assets and liquid funds. A detailed investment plan will be required which we at OPULENCE will help you to obtain.
Applications representing the best opportunity for growth relevant to Alberta's agri-food targets will be given priority.