Immigrating to Canada via the FSWP – Step by Step guide

Step 1 – Determine your eligibility

The point above would have given you an indication of your potential eligibly for the program. CandaVisa’s free eligibility tool is also very useful online test to use to find out your eligibility for the program.

Step 2 – Create your Express Entry Profile

Visit the IRCC website to complete your Express Entry Profile. Once you have completed your profile, you can expect to receive a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score. The CRS grades your Express Entry based on your age, education, language skills, work experience, Canadian work and study experience, whether you have pre-arranged employment in Canada, and whether you have been nominated by a Canadian province.

Step 3 – Keep an eye on the Express Entry Draws

You need to monitor the Express Entry Draws to see if you get an invitation to apply for permanent residence. The draws usually happen every two weeks and the invitations to apply are issued to the candidates with the highest CRS scores. This policy however has been interrupted by the corona virus pandemic.

Step 4 – Submit your Permanent Residence Application

The final step is submitting your application for permanent residence once you receive an invitation to apply.. The submission for permanent residence will be made to the IRCC. You will be able to move to Canada once the IRCC finalizes your application.

Benefits of starting the application process sooner rather than later

Once you have taken a look at your eligibility and determined whether you may be a able to immigrate on the FSWP or another skilled worker program, its a good idea to get started with the process of applying. By entering into the Express Entry Pool you give yourself a chance of receiving an invitation to apply for permanent residency. Without submitting yourself to the express entry pool you have no way of receiving this invitation to apply. Another benefit of being in the Express Entry Pool is that you will have a chance at receiving a provincial nomination. A provincial nomination is worth 600 extra CRS points, and will majorly secure your chances of receiving an invitation to apply for permanent residence.

Being in the pool can also help you to attain pre-arranged employment through Canada’s governments Job Bank portal. Having prearranged employment can result in up to 200 more CRS points, which again means a higher chance of receiving an ITA.

Another thing to consider is your age. Maximum CRS points for age are giving to those between the ages of 20-29. From age 30 the points received for age begin to decline.

If you feel you are an eligible candidate for the program and like the sound of life in Canada, apply for the FSWP without delay!

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