Express Entry is an application management system that oversees three of IRCC’s economic immigration programs; the FSWP, the Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP), and the Canadian Experience Class (CEC)
What is the Federal Skilled Worker Program?
The FSWP is the most popular pathway for skilled workers overseas who wish to become permanent residents of Canada.
The program targets skilled workers who will be able to leverage their work experience, education, language abilities, and other human capital factors toward economically establishing themselves in Canada.
Upon its launch in 1967, it was the first immigration program in the world to evaluate candidates using a point system, an approach that has been adopted by other countries such as Australia and New Zealand.
Who is eligible for the FSWP?
Each Express Entry program features unique eligibility criteria. Of the three Express Entry programs, the FSWP is the most common pathway for candidates who have not worked or studied in Canada before.
Candidates must first ensure they meet the following FSWP criteria:
a)At least one year of skilled work experience
b)A minimum Canadian Language Benchmark of 7 on their English or French language test
c)At least one educational credential
d)Demonstrate proof of funds (if applicable)
e)Get at least 67 out of 100 points on the FSWP scoring grid
What is the Work Experience for FSWP?
A candidate must be able to demonstrate at least one year of skilled work experience that falls under Canada’s National Occupational Classification (NOC) skill codes 0, A, or B.
Canada’s NOC codes determine the level of skill and education necessary for an occupation or career within the same industry in Canada. For the FSWP, and any Express Entry program, there are three eligible NOC categories:
NOC 0: Management positions
NOC A: Careers that typically require a university degree
NOC B: Skilled trades professions
What Educational Background is Required for FSWP?
Eligible FSWP candidates need to have completed a minimum of secondary school education either inside Canada or overseas. If a candidate’s education is completed overseas, they will require an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA). The assessment shows that their education abroad is equal to a Canadian diploma, degree, or certification.
What Language Proficiency is Required for FSWP?
To be eligible for the FSWP, candidates must complete a standardized language test and obtain a minimum Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) score of 7 in reading, writing, listening, and speaking in either English or French.
What Proof of funds is Required for FSWP?
FSWP candidates must also demonstrate that they have enough money saved to support themselves and any dependents while they are looking for a job in Canada. The number of settlement funds varies depending on the number of people who need to be supported.
Number of family members Funds required in CAD
Each additional family member $3,586
What is FSWP Points Grid?
The FSWP points grid assesses criteria such as work experience and language but also takes human capital into account. This means candidates are also evaluated on their age, any arranged employment, and other adaptability factors such as having a sibling or other family already in Canada.
Each factor is assigned a point value and candidates can score up to 100 points. To be eligible for FSWP, they must score at least a 67. The FSWP is the only Express Entry program that uses this grid.
The Factor Points are as follows:-
Education Up to 25
Language Skills Up to 28
Work Experience Up to 15
Age Up to 12
Arranged employment Up to 10
Adaptability Up to 10
Do you really think that it is quite easy to get through Canada by means of the most lucrative flagship point-based mechanism named ” Express Entry” for FSW( Federal Skilled Worker) i.e. skilled individuals on a long-term basis?
The straightforward answer is ‘ NO‘. You have to have an enriched CV to crack the ‘ Express Entry.
Express Entry draws had been on hold for approximately 18 months due to restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic. During the height of the pandemic, travel between countries was limited and government regulations changed frequently. On July 6, 2022, Canada held its first all-program draw since December 2020.
Here are the reasons behind the screen. The last draw of ‘ Express Entry’ was held on 23rd December 2020 and the minimum CRS( Comprehensive Ranking System) was 468 with an ITA( Invitation to Apply) sent to 5000 candidates.
In this ” All-Program Draw” to be held on 6th July 2022, the minimum CRS score was significantly high at 557. The IRCC (Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada) issued 1500 ITA to those who met and surpassed this minimum score.
Moreover, the Canadian Government has already announced that they will curtail the number of accepted skilled individuals through ” Express Entry” from 110000 to 55000 around 2022 because the Government wants to show gratitude to those individuals who were in Canada during the Covid pandemic situation and supported the country by all means. So the Government will accept 40000 candidates who want to convert their status from TRV( Temporary Resident Visa) to PR(Permanent Resident).
This is a clear implication that the Canadian Government always welcomes proficient candidates to Canada.
Overall job vacancy in Canada continues to increase at a skyrocketing speed. Job vacancy reached a record high in Alberta and Ontario in April with an average of 1:1 unemployed person for each job vacancy.