The Express Entry System was established in 2015 and has become the fastest and most popular pathway for newcomers seeking a new life in Canada. It is a conduit for immigrants to become Canadian Permanent Residents. This new system allows Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) to proactively assess, recruit and select immigrants who are skilled and/or possess the relevant qualifications under federal economic immigration programs.
This was is in comparison to the old system that was based entirely on the actions of the prospective applicant choosing to immigrate to Canada without any correlation between their skills and prospects for employment in Canada. The Express Entry system ensures that immigrants who are provided with an Invitation to Apply for immigration have a better chance of being gainfully employed in their field.
The Express Entry System is beneficial to not only immigrants, but to Canada as a whole. Studies based on demographic challenges in Canada indicate that Canada will need to rely on immigration for many years to come to sustain economic growth. The Express Entry program enhances Canada’s ability to select the most appropriate immigrants for immediate labour market needs and processes those applications in a timely manner.
IRCC processes applications that have all the supporting documents in six months or less.
Read more about the Federal Express Entry Programs.