Immigration Canada uses Express Entry to manage applications for permanent residency from individuals in these programs: Federal Skilled Worker Program, Federal Skilled Trades Program, or the Canadian Experience Class.
Typically, those wishing to immigrate through Express Entry have received an offer of employment from a Canadian employer.
In the first half of 2017, however, Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) reported that “90 percent of Express Entry candidates who received an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residence” did not have a Canadian job offer (CIC).
How do I qualify for Express Entry without a Canadian job offer?
Prospective immigrants are ranked in a point system called the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). Points are given for each piece of information in your Express Entry profile. Individuals can gain points for a valid job offer. Points are also awarded, however for skills, education, language ability, and work experience.
At the end of 2016, the government reduced the number of points allotted for a job offer, making it easier for applicants without a job offer to accrue a comparable number points to those who do have an offer of employment.
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