Express Entry is the fastest way for international skilled workers to relocate to Canada. This popular immigration selection system is not only more efficient but also faster than other similar programs around the world. In most cases, candidates will see their applications being processed in six months. Applicants in the pool are assigned points based on work experience, training, education, and language skills. Those at the top of the rankings are issued Invitations to Apply for Canadian permanent residence.
Last year, more than 31,000 applicants had their dream come true. According to data from Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), some occupations have been more frequently invited to apply for permanent residence.
Food service supervisors accounted for the most successful occupation in 2015. There were 2,356 Express Entry applicants who received an ITA, representing 7.6 percent of the total number of candidates. Cooks were second, with 2,295 applicants, or 7.4 percent, receiving an Invitation to Apply through Express Entry. Four percent of the successful applicants, or 1,255, were information system analysts and consultants. Software engineers were also a popular occupation, with 940 applicants, or 3 percent, being offered the chance to move to Canada. Also accounting for 3 percent, 935 applicants worked as computer programmers and interactive media developers. There were also 745 university professors and lecturers, or 2.4 percent of invited applicants. More than 660 successful applicants for Express Entry worked as retail sales supervisors. Graphic designers and illustrators accounted for 1.8 percent of invited applicants, at 550. Finally, 494 financial auditors and accountants and 446 financial and investment analysts moved to Canada last year through Express Entry.
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