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Canada’s Express Entry was introduced in 2015 to streamline economic immigration applications into three distinct categories: Canada Experience Class, Federal Skilled Worker, and Federal Skilled Trades. These categories allow a candidate to create a profile and then assess the application based on clear prerequisites.


In Express Entry, work experience, family situation, age, and, education will determine whether an invitation will be sent to apply for permanent residency.

Express Entry is generally an accelerated program that grants residency in a timely manner. To give a brief description of the three programs, it should be noted that the Canadian Experience Class is given priority selection. This program is then followed by the Federal Skilled Worker, and, the Federal Skilled Trades.


The Federal Skilled Worker Program filters applicants through a point system. If age, language, education, and work experience meet the basic criteria, the candidate will be permitted to create a profile.


Once the profile is created it will be judged on Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points. Points will only be assigned to persons who can support their evaluation with language tests and an education credential assessment. Likewise, work experience must also be verifiable through references and a comparison of job descriptions.   

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To be part of the intake for the Canadian Experience Class a candidate must have held a skilled job in Canada for at least one year.


As such, the Canadian Experience Class is the preferred residency option for those having gained work experience in Canada through a post-graduate work permit, or through a reciprocal open work permit.


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The Federal Skilled Trades programs will accept profiles of tradespersons demonstrating two years of work experience. The work experience needs to be in the last five years but need not be continuous.


Language requirements are less rigorous for this program and the requirement differs for listening and speaking, and reading and writing. The federal skilled trades program is an excellent option for people attending a trade school in Canada.

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