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On May 31, 2023, The Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship of Canada, Honorable Sean Fraser, announced the first-ever launch of category-based selection for Canada’s economic immigration management system, Express Entry.

What Is Express Entry?

Express Entry is an online immigration application system used by the Canadian government to manage the selection of skilled foreign workers for economic immigration programs. It allows individuals to create an online profile detailing their skills, work experience, education, and other qualifications. The profiles are ranked based on a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score, which considers factors such as age, language proficiency, education, and work experience. This system applies to people who want to immigrate permanently under the Federal Skilled Worker Program, Federal Skilled Trades Program, Canadian Experience Class, or a portion of the Provincial Nominee Program.

What Then Are These Categories?

This year Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC)’s category-based selection will be focused on candidates who have.

  • A strong French language proficiency
  • Work experience in the following fields:
    • Healthcare
    • Science, technology, engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) professions
    • Trades such as carpenters, plumbers, and contractors
    • Transport
    • Agriculture and agri-food

Why These Categories?

The Minister believes that focusing on francophone immigration will help promote the growth of the French-speaking communities in Canada, thereby maintaining the status of French as one of the official languages in the country. Additionally, this category-based selection shows Canada’s commitment to welcoming in-demand professionals and skilled workers into different parts of the country.

Who Is Eligible?

For the five categories based on occupation, all applicants must.

  • have accumulated a minimum of 6 months of continuous work experience in one of the eligible occupations over the course of the last 3 years (whether that work was done in Canada or abroad).
  • meet all requirements outlined in the instructions for that round.

Candidates who are invited based on their strong French language proficiency must meet all the requirements outlined in the instructions for that round as well as have results from a French language proficiency test that show a minimum score of 7 in each of the four language skills (speaking, listening, reading, and writing) on the Niveaux de compétence linguistique canadiens.

More information on the list of professions and eligibility can be found on the IRCC’s webpage.

How To Apply?

Do you want to learn more about how to apply? We are here to help you! To learn more, please visit crestimmigration.ca or contact David Akinmoluwa on WhatsApp at +1(587)-974-8942 or info@crestimmigration.ca.
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