Express Entry / Temporary Resident Visa / Permanent Residence
Canada’s Express Entry program is an online based selection process operated by Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). It is primarily used manage the three Economic Class streams of immigration, which are programs designed to attract skilled immigrants who would like to become permanent residents of Canada. Express Entry may seem complex, but it has improved the application experience for those who qualify under one of the programs under its purview. Ask the experts at Mansouri Firm if Express Entry might be an option for you!
Express Entry is not an immigration category in its own right, but it makes the process of applying through an Economic Class program more efficient for all parties involved.
The three Economic Class programs that are involved in Express Entry are:
- the Federal Skilled Worker Class
- the Federal Skilled Trades Class
- the Canadian Experience Class
These programs will draw on your qualifications and your employment history, whether inside or outside Canada, to determine if your skills and/or experience can help fill labor shortages in Canada. If you meet the criteria of the respective programs, an application for permanent residency can be initiated through the Express Entry program.
Mansouri Firm can help you determine whether or not you are eligible for the Express Entry program. If you are eligible, we will start by creating your online profile, gathering the required documents, and working with you to understand which Economic Class stream may be the best fit for you.
Comprehensive Ranking System
Express Entry will take your information into account and you will earn points based on criteria such as your skills, experience, education, etc. These points are added up to grant you a score under the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). Your score will help IRCC select the highest-ranking candidates from among the pool of candidates and invite them to apply for permanent residence during draws that typically occur once or twice monthly. If your score meets the threshold at the time that IRCC conducts their draw, you may receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residency.
Express Entry Points
Your Comprehensive Ranking System score is determined by taking into account:
- Years of experience in your field
- Your level of education
- Whether the experience and/or education was obtained inside or outside Canada
- Your English and/or French abilities
- And much more…
If you are under the age of 45 years of age, or if you already have a valid job offer, or if you have an accompanying spouse with certain educational, experience, and language skills, there are additional opportunities available to earn points.
**Provincial nominee programs can access the Express Entry system. A nomination from a province or territory will go a long way toward boosting your CRS score.
The team at Mansouri Firm will make sure that all points that may be available to you are accounted for. Every application is unique, so there is no template to follow that will ensure success. Applications must be completed honestly and precisely, and deadlines must be met. Speak with our experts and we will help you navigate the difficult Express Entry application process.
In addition to your CRS score, there are other factors that come into play in determining whether or not you might receive an ITA. The frequency of draws (there is no formal policy to conduct a specific number of draws per month), the size of a draw (how many ITA will be issued?), or the program the government is focused on for a particular draw (they may invite only Foreign Skilled Trades Workers, for example) can play a role in your likelihood of receiving an ITA.
Express Entry Timelines
As mentioned, Express Entry is not simply another immigration stream in and of itself. It is an online application system that is meant to create efficiencies in the process for everyone involved. When you build initiate the Express Entry process, your eligible profile will remain in the application pool for a maximum of 12 months. If the IRCC does not invite you to apply for permanent residency within 12 months, your profile will be closed and you will have to restart the process. This is intended to prevent backlogs, as this is an extremely popular program.
If, however, IRCC invites you to apply, you then have 60 days to prepare and submit your application for permanent residency online. Mansouri Firm can help you at each stage of this process.
Temporary Resident Visa
If you are interested in experiencing Canadian life, but you feel unsure about whether or not you actually want to settle down here, you may still require authorization to enter the country. That is, you may need to apply for a Temporary Resident Visa if you plan to enter and stay in Canada, depending on your circumstances. After obtaining a Temporary Resident Visa, there may be opportunities available to those seeking permanent residence, whether this was originally the plan or not. There are numerous reasons to consider coming to Canada temporarily, and Mansouri Firm has the experience and expertise to assist you toward applying to make this happen.
Temporary Residence Visas are required in Canada for a number of programs including:
- Study Permits
- Work Permits
- Temporary Resident Permits
- Super Visas
*For more information on these programs, please see the specific pages in our “Services” section.
A Temporary Resident Visa is an official counterfoil document issued by a visa office. It is securely fixed in a person’s passport to show that he or she has met the requirements for entry into Canada as a temporary resident, but it does not guarantee entry to Canada. Entry is a privilege, not a right. But for visitors, temporary workers, and students, a TRV is a necessary document to obtain, and may open up doors to permanent residency, should that be a goal.
If you are in need of assistance with your Temporary Resident Visa application, contact us. Our team of experts can ensure that you understand your options, how long your visa will be valid for, if you can change or extend your visa, or even if there is any chance that you are visa exempt.
The terms of your visa will outline the length of time you are permitted to remain in Canada, and what you are authorized to do here, such as work or study. Our firm will work with you to make sure you understand the consequences of failing to adhere to the obligations connected to your visa, especially the importance of leaving Canada at the end of your stay if you do not intend on changing or extending your status.
We will also prepare you for any meetings with Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA). As noted, a Temporary Resident Visa is a required document for entry to Canada, but the document itself doesn’t guarantee entry at a port of entry (i.e. airport, land crossing, etc.). You will need to satisfy a border services officer of the CBSA that you can, and will, leave Canada at the end of their authorized stay. We can make sure that you understand what this means, and help prepare you for your meetings with CBSA officers in an honest and thorough manner.
Whether you initially planned to come to Canada temporarily in order to work or study and ultimately return home after a period of time, or if you always knew that your main goal has been to obtain Canadian citizenship, many people are daunted by the task ahead of them. The path can be a long one, but for the many who come to Canada from another country with the desire to stay and make a home here, Permanent Residency becomes a very important step in the process. For those who meet eligibility requirements, and who are willing to put in some work, the effort is worth it.
But what rights does Permanent Residency bestow upon successful applicants? What kinds of programs are available to apply through? What will I need to do to make sure my application is as strong as possible? Mansouri Firm’s experienced team is able to answer all of these questions, plus many more. Let us help you find the right pathway toward Permanent Residency, and then we can assist you with preparing and filing your application.
The many options available to foreign nationals toward pursuing an application for Permanent Residence make it an obtainable goal for many people, but fully understanding the options can be confusing. With so many different application streams available, the best fit for you and your family may not be obvious. Once you understand the options, you should also seek qualified assistance so that you are clear on the specific requirements of the application, regardless of the stream you choose to apply through. There are choices to make that can be irreversible, and some of these may have serious consequences. Make sure you understand the details before proceeding with an application.
Enlisting the help of our team of experts can give you the peace of mind of knowing that you’ve included all the relevant information that could potentially impact your application, no matter how inconsequential the matter may seem. For example, a “principal applicant” is permitted to include his or her spouse and with dependents. For any number of reasons, the principal applicant might decide not to include one of his family members on the application. The consequences in this scenario could be very serious. We recommend that you work with one of our professionals to make sure you understand these consequences before proceeding.
Because of the number of application programs, and the differing requirements of each one, seeking the assistance of an experienced immigration professional to assist you with a permanent residence application might be a very good idea. Mansouri Firm has the experience in this area to successfully execute a Permanent Residence application. A Permanent Residence visa might be refused if an applicant doesn’t fully understand his or her options and chooses the wrong one. Let our team of experts help you.
Permanent Residence Application Stream in Canada Include:
- Provincial Nominee Programs
- Express Entry
- Federal Skilled Worker Program
- Federal Skilled Trades Program
- Canadian Experienced Class
- Canadian Family Sponsorship
- Canadian Spousal Sponsorship
- Humanitarian and Compassionate Grounds
- Canadian Business and Investor Immigration
*You can learn more about all of these programs in our Services section
Why Work with Us?
The experts at Mansouri Canadian Immigration Services (or Mansouri Firm) are here for you. We are dedicated and attentive. Our aim is to help you understand your options, and to guide you along the complex application process ahead. Every case is unique, so we make sure that we understand your personal situation. We have experience with a great number of immigration programs for Canada, and we will do our best to find the right pathway for you.
The details of your application are critical. The timelines involved in this process are also very important. The assistance of the experienced immigration professionals at Mansouri Canadian Immigration Services (or Mansouri Firm) will give you the peace of mind on two fronts: First, we will ensure that you understand the best immigration program options available to you. Second, you can feel certain that your application has been completed accurately, and meets every deadline. The consequences of even minor errors and/or inattention to detail can lead to results ranging from delays to having your application rejected permanently, so let Mansouri Immigration Services (or Mansouri Firm) assist you toward achieving your specific immigration goals.