Express Entry is a new online application system being used by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). Express Entry is not a new program but rather a new way of managing the intake and processing of applications.
The three economic immigration programs eligible for Express Entry are:
Express Entry was introduced by the Government of Canada in January 2015. Express Entry makes Canada’s immigration system faster and better connected to job needs. It also gives employers a more direct role in finding the skilled workers they need.
Almost all of Canada’s provinces and territories can nominate people—with the skills, education and work experience to contribute to the economy—to immigrate to Canada and become permanent residents. Individuals who are nominated under a provincial or territorial nominee program must apply to IRCC to become permanent residents of Canada.
Yukon added an Express Entry stream to its existing immigration programs in March 2015.
Express Entry helps employers meet employers' labour needs with skilled workers from other countries when they cannot find Canadians or permanent residents to fill openings for eligible, full-time, permanent jobs. Express Entry gives employers more flexibility and choice. They can continue to use current recruitment practices. They can take advantage of improvements to Canada’s Job Bank, which will help match employers with eligible foreign workers; or they can opt to use the Express Entry stream of the Yukon Nominee Program.
Express Entry applicants receive priority processing. Most of them will get permanent residence within six months of verification of their completed applications. Employers who use the Express Entry stream of the Yukon Nominee Program do not have to obtain labour market impact assessments or pay for the foreign worker’s travel costs.
Express Entry helps eligible economic immigrants find permanent work in Yukon when employers cannot find Canadians or permanent residents for job openings. Most successful applicants will receive permanent residence within six months of verification of completed applications.
To qualify for Yukon’s Express Entry stream, an applicant must have a valid job offer for full-time, permanent work from an eligible Yukon employer and meet the requirements of one of the three eligible federal economic immigration programs. These programs have minimum language requirements, and education and other qualifications will be assessed against Canadian standards.
Job Bank is an easy online search tool that helps match Express Entry candidates with employers and jobs in Canada based on their skills, knowledge and experience. Job Bank will also offer a coordinated Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) process. Yukon employers can look in the Job Bank to find skilled foreign workers when they cannot find Canadian citizens or permanent residents to fill job openings.
To be eligible for Express Entry, applicants must:
1. Meet the requirements of one of these three federal economic immigration programs:
2. Complete the online Express Entry application to get an IRCC Express Entry Profile Number and, if applicable, a Job Seeker Validation Code.
3. Demonstrate that they have the required settlement funds to support themselves and any family members who are coming with them to Canada.
To be eligible for the Express Entry stream of the Yukon Nominee Program, applicants must also:
1. Have a valid job offer for permanent, full-time work from an eligible Yukon employer.
2. Plan to live and work in Yukon.
Yukon is managing its own Express Entry (EE) application stream, linked to the Yukon Nominee Program (YNP). A valid, permanent, full-time job offer from an eligible Yukon employer to an EE-eligible candidate will trigger a YNP nomination and a subsequent invitation to apply for permanent residence.
The steps involved in using Yukon’s EE system are:
1. The employer finds a suitable foreign national worker.
2. The employer offers a job to the worker after demonstrating there is no Canadian or permanent resident for the position.
3. The worker meets the requirements for one of the three economic immigration programs eligible for EE.
4. The worker completes an online application in IRCC’s EE system and enters the EE candidate pool. The worker obtains an Express Entry Profile Number and, if applicable, a Job Seeker Validation Code.
5. The worker proves that he or she has sufficient settlement funds. (The amount of money required is based on the size of the worker’s family as determined by IRCC.)
6. The employer and worker jointly complete and submit the Yukon Express Entry application form.
7. The worker receives an invitation to apply for permanent residence from IRCC.
8. The worker provides all necessary documents to IRCC to complete the permanent residence application (e.g., criminal record check, medical report).
9. IRCC and Yukon’s Immigration Unit verify the worker’s documents.
10. The worker receives permanent residence, usually within 6 months of receipt of complete and verified application.
The Yukon Express Entry application form requires an applicant’s Express Entry Profile Number and, if applicable, the Job Seeker Validation Code.
Once the application is complete, the form and any other required documents must be submitted to the Immigration Unit.
For frequently asked questions from IRCC, visit http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/department/media/notices/2014-12-01.asp.