Express Entry serves as a dynamic system for overseeing immigration applications and plays a pivotal role in the administration of Canada’s Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), Canadian Experience Class (CEC), and Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP). These sought-after pathways collectively stand as among Canada’s most favored avenues for facilitating economic immigration into the nation.
The evaluation of candidates hinges on a comprehensive assessment of their human capital dimensions, encompassing factors such as occupational background, work history, linguistic abilities, educational background, and age. This assessment culminates in the computation of a Comprehensive Ranking Score (CRS), which effectively rates and arranges the candidates. Those who attain the highest scores following a given draw’s threshold date significantly enhance their prospects of securing invitations to apply (ITAs).
Recent developments in the realm of immigration, announced by the IRCC on May 31st, have brought forth a fresh array of selection criteria. These criteria magnify the significance of specific professional and demographic attributes of candidates, transcending the conventional reliance on the CRS score alone. Consequently, a series of six novel categories have emerged within the Express Entry framework:
- STEM disciplines
- Skilled Trades
- Agriculture and Agri-food
- French Language Proficiency
The introduction of these categories serves a dual purpose: to address pressing workforce gaps in Canada through targeted recruitment and to actively promote the use and proliferation of the French language beyond the confines of Quebec.