Canada Express Entry, as you may be aware, is an electronic platform through which Canada currently manages its immigration applications. It was introduced in the year 2015 as a super fast method of bringing in new talent to the country on a permanent basis. Since its introduction, it has invited over 50,000 professionals from worldwide and given them a stable career, as promised by Canada.
Immediately after it was introduced, the Canada Express Entry became a trending subject. Whether you wanted to migrate to Canada or not, the word “Express Entry” was just enough to build curiosity in you to learn about what’s so express about this system? Over time, the Canadian government revealed various aspects about this new system, which helped prospective immigrants, prosper an easy immigration.
While today this immigration system of Canada is as open as any book, there are many hidden layers of fantastic information which many of us are yet not aware of. Taking references from authentic sources, we bring to some amazing facts of the Canada Express Entry we bet you didn’t know.
Many provinces are connecting their programs this system
When the Express Entry (EE)was launched in 2015, not many provinces adapted linking their visa programs to this new system. By the time, provinces acknowledged that EE was a faster mode to connect skilled talent and provincial employers and therefore, associated many of their immigration streams with it. At present, there are nearly 15-17 streams of provincial programs that are linked to Express Entry. These streams open frequently for a limited intake of applications.
Language Skills are a favorite of Express Entry
Of the many skills you may have, Express Entry loves your language skills the most! This may sound funny, but that’s the proven funda of this Canadian immigration system. While Comprehensive Ranking Score is used as a medium to pick up applications from the EE Pool, it has been found that when it comes to analyzing core human capital factors, often language skills are a first parameter the applicant is judged upon. Hence, for this very reason, Canada offers extra points on a combination of French and English language skills.
Tie Breakers are a new trend in the EE System
In the recent immigration news, you may have heard much about the tie breaker draws of Express Entry. What are these Tie Breakers? These are nothing but a solution brought by CIC for picking up applications with competitive CRS ranks.
For instance, when you are in a competitive race with other applicants who hold the same Comprehensive Ranking Score as you and the province you applied for has a limited number of invitations, who would the province select? In such a scenario, the tie-breakers come to rescue. CIC conducts tie-breaker draws and invites similarly ranking profiles on the basis of their application date. The ones who applied first will be selected over the one who applied later.
This means sometimes applying early can be the only reason that you got a competitive success, isn’t it?
Job Bank, not required while building EE profile
Though this may not be an unaware fact, it is still uncommon among many Canada PR visa aspirants. There are many people across the globe, especially the ones who are applying for a visa on their own, who register for a job bank profile simultaneously with EOI, considering it still mandatory. From 2017 onwards, job bank registration has become a voluntary requirement in Canada immigration process. “We didn’t find that there were a lot of matches that were taking place in Job Bank. There were some, and we want that to continue, so we’re allowing people to go to Job Bank on an optional basis instead of as a required step” said a Senior Policy Analyst from IRCC in context of why Job Bank now became voluntary in Canada Immigration.
Express Entry now demands biometrics
When you are filing for a Canada PR visa, you may be asked to submit biometrics as evidence of your identity. This new rule is already effective on nationals of Middle East, Europe, Africa, and sooner, Asians and other nationals will also be asked to submit their biometrics as part of their Canadian immigration process. The Government of Canada states that this initiative is taken to facilitate application processing and simplify the entry of low-risk travelers in Canada. “Visa Officers will use the biometrics to screen applicants and analyze their prior criminal convictions or Canadian Immigration infractions (if any). Also, the biometrics will be used as a confirmation from the traveler on his identity while entering Canada,” confirms the recent news.
Express Entry is an inspiration to nations
If you think the Express Entry is just a platform or a points-based immigration system, then let us tell you that it is more than just that! With the introduction of the EE system, Canada becomes the World’s First country to invite skilled talent on points based system. This has attracted many destinations who want to drive skilled talent through immigration. A solely managed entity of Canada, the Quebec province recently announced a change to its immigration system, inspired by EE. Similarly, the United States of America, which is indeed a home to millions of immigrants is also building hopes for an immigration system inspired by the Express Entry.