Express Entry candidates may either:
Enter the pool first, and then be nominated by a province or territory; or
Be nominated by a province or territory, and then complete an Express Entry profile.
These additional points will make a candidate rank high enough to be invited to apply at the next eligible draw of candidates.
If someone is invited to apply, they will have 60 days to submit an online application for permanent residence.
Citizenship and Immigration Canada will process the majority of complete applications (meaning those with all the necessary supporting documents) in six months or less.
Candidates can stay in the pool for up to 12 months. If they do not get an Invitation to Apply for permanent residence within 12 months of submitting an Express Entry profile, they may submit a new profile. If they still meet the criteria, they can re-enter the pool. This will prevent backlogs and ensure quick processing times.
First Draw for Invitation To Apply
CIC has announced that they intend to perform the first draw under which they will pick the candidates and issue the first invitations to apply by the end of January, 2015. CIC has also confirmed that though job bank matching facility will be operative but might not be fully operative as it should be. So, those who have prepared in advance with acquiring required documents and appeared for language proficiency test would most likely have better chances of getting selected in first the month of January.
Citizenship and Immigration Canada has announced that candidates interested in processing their application under Express Entry may hire an immigration lawyer or consultant registered with the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC) to represent them throughout the Express Entry process. Learn more about authorized representation and who can do it.