Express Entry for skilled worker
with DJP Quebec Immigration Services
Express Entry is the selection system for Canadian immigration. The system applies in particular to skilled workers at the federal level, skilled trades workers, the Canadian experience class and the Provincial Nominee Program, but it excludes applicants interested in immigrating to Quebec.
Express Entry is based on a comprehensive ranking system that assesses and rates potential candidates based on their skill, work experience, language ability, education and other factors, such as a job offer or a PNP nomination by a province or a territory.
As for the qualifications and requirements of these programs, note that the selection of skilled workers is based on the applicant’s ability to settle in Canada and contribute to its economy. However, the selection of skilled trades workers is based on the applicant’s qualifications in a skilled trade.
The Canadian experience class allows temporary residents, such as international students and temporary workers to gain permanent residence. As for the PNP provincial nominee program, you should keep in mind that an application through Express Entry is optional. This program is intended for nominees selected by the provinces and territories to fill their labour shortages.
To qualify and meet the requirements of the Federal Skilled Worker Program, the applicant’s language skills must be level (CLB) 7. The applicant’s Canadian or foreign experience must be in one of the groups (0, A or B) in the National Occupational Classification (NOC). Finally, the candidate must have a continuous year of work experience within the last ten years. A job offer is not required; however, the applicant can obtain more points with a validated job offer. A secondary education is the minimum level of education required. By having completed a post-secondary education, candidates can be eligible for additional points.
The eligibility criteria for skilled trades workers require language skill levels in French or English of CLB 5 in oral expression and listening and CLB 4 in writing and reading. This program requires two years of work experience within the last five years. They can be Canadian or foreign in a skilled trade under one of the NOC groups in skill B.
The Federal Skilled Trades Program does not require a certain level of education. However, a full-time job offer valid for a total duration of at least one year or a certificate of qualifications in the skilled trade issued by a Canadian provincial, territorial or federal authority is required.
The third program in Express Entry is the Canadian experience class. It is intended for foreign workers who have legally acquired one year of full-time or part-time work experience or the equivalent as a skilled worker in Canada. The Canadian work experience must be in one of the NOC 0, A and B groups. This program also requires valid French or English language skill test results of CLB 7 if the applicant’s NOC is 0 or A and CLB 5 if the applicant’s NOC is B.
Note that in the Canadian experience class program, a job offer and education are not required.