The fastest way to immigrate to Canada is through Express Entry. However, this does not imply that everyone is qualified for it. If you and your spouse wish to relocate to Canada and settle down, this article will help you figure out if Express Entry is the right option for you.
What is Express Entry?
From the name itself, it is an easy way to enter Canada. Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) uses the Express Entry to manage and process applications submitted through three of Canada’s federal economic immigration programs for skilled workers. These programs are the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP), and Canadian Experience Class (CEC).
Express Entry is a competitive immigration system that ranks all qualified applicants and invites the highest-ranking prospects to apply for permanent residency in Canada. They are all compared based on their age, education, language skills, and job experience, among other factors.
How Is It Different for Couples?
With Express Entry, a points-based ranking method called the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) is used to evaluate applicants. However, based on the applicant’s civil status, the scoring varies. Coupled people, meaning those who have been married or living with a partner for at least a year, can earn fewer base points compared to someone who is single. Although, they can also acquire points from their partner. The maximum score on the points system is 1200.
How Are Couples Evaluated?
A Principal Applicant (PA) is involved in every Express Entry application. The PA is the one who will be assessed and given a score. When applying as a couple, only one person can be the PA. As long as they both qualify for at least one Express Entry program, the couple can decide which one of them will be evaluated.
There will be four components throughout the scoring process. If the candidate is coupled, there will be changes in the first two categories.
The first is Core/Human Capital Factors which will include questions on the PA’s age, language proficiency, attained education, among others. This category has a maximum score of 460 points for a couple but 500 points for a single applicant.
Couples can make up for their lack of points by gaining more through their spouse in the second category, Spouse/Partner Factors. This will evaluate the partner’s language, educational background, and job experience. This category has a maximum score of 40 points. By definition, a single person cannot get points in this category.
Skill Transferability is the third component gained by having Canadian work experience and a post-secondary credential. It has a maximum score of 100 points.
Lastly, Additional Points refers to the other factors that can help a candidate gain more points. These include having a provincial nomination from an enhanced Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) or receiving post-secondary education in Canada. The maximum score for this category is 600 points.
The Express Entry program has streamlined the immigration process for professionals and other foreign nationals worldwide. It has helped many individuals and couples go after the life that they want for themselves. If you want to be certain about you and your partner’s eligibility in applying, it would be best to consult with an immigration advisor so that the process will be easier.
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