Economic Immigration Programs


Canada’s Economic Immigration Programs are known as benchmark for almost every country in this world to attract skilled people due to its merit-based approach. There has been number of economic immigration programs, such as the Federal Skilled Worker, Canadian Experience Class, Federal Skilled Trades, Caregiver Class, Quebec skilled worker and Experience class and various Provincial Nominee Programs, for the people who wish to immigrate to Canada based on their technical or management skills. These programs have their own eligibility criteria and requirements that the applicant needs to fulfill in order to be eligible.

This is one of the most popular ways of immigration to Canada and it paves the way for the maximum number of people applying for the Permanent Residency and consequently, the Citizenship of Canada. RedBird Immigration is here to help you at every step of the process in achieving your immigration goals. Contact us today to start the process to meet your immigration needs in a cost-effective way!

How does It works

Express Entry is an online application management system developed by Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada. It is currently in use for permanent residency through three streams under economic class and certain provincial streams under Provincial Nomination Programs. The three economic immigration streams are:

  1. Federal Skilled Worker Program
  2. Federal Skilled Trades Program
  3. Canadian Experience Class

Applicants need to create a profile online and need to meet minimum requirements of at least one program out of three programs to submit the profile into the express entry pool. Profiles will remain in the express entry pool for up to one year and will exit if no selection is made. Express Entry works on the Comprehensive Ranking System that takes in to account following factors and ranks the applicants according to these factors:

  • Human Capital Factors which include age, education, official languages and Canadian work experience of applicants and their spouse or common law partner.
  • Skill Transferability which is based on mix of Canadian or foreign work experience, Canadian or foreign education, language ability and Certificate of Qualification for Tradespersons.
  • Additional Factors such as Provincial Nomination, Arranged Employment depending upon the 00 or 0, A, B NOC jobs, Education in Canada, Eligible relative who is Canadian citizen or PR and knowledge of French.

Applicants have to score points out of total available 1200 points under comprehensive ranking system (CRS). The highest ranked applicants who meet the minimum threshold set for each draw in the Express Entry pool will receive an “Invitation to Apply” (ITA). Applicants can update their profile any time during the year, for example, if they got a new diploma or degree or have improved their IELTS scores. Their points will be decreased automatically on their birth date as per the age factor.

They might also get invitation from a province and be covered under Provincial Nominee Program and get 600 points. The selected applicants will have 60 days to complete their PR application. There is no fee to create an Express Entry Profile, but the applicants, if given ITA, must pay the processing fee related to permanent residency application while applying.

If applicants do not have secured job offer they can register themselves with the Canada Job Bank. It is always better to promote to prospective employers so as to increase their chances of being invited for a job.

There are generally 26 draws in a calendar year. Once selected, applicants will receive an “Invitation to Apply” for Permanent Residence. They will have 60 days in order to provide all the necessary information and documentation so that their application is finally processed for PR.

Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), aims to process majority of the applications within six months time. This time varies sometimes as it depends upon the pending cases and the normal work load the department.

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