Express Entry Canada Job Bank
- 1 What is a Job Bank?
- 1.1 How to go about looking for work in Canada if still in the Express Entry pool?
- 1.2 Changes in the Express Entry program
- 1.3 Step to create an account on the Job Bank portal.
- 1.4 What types of Job offers are considered valid under Express Entry?
- 1.5 What kinds of employment offers aren’t considered valid?
Are you applying for the Express Entry program and want to learn more about the job bank but are unsure how to proceed?
Learn about the modifications and criteria for the Express Entry program’s job application.
Until June 6, 2017, it was mandatory for the applicants to register with Job Bank within 30 days, else it would expire. Individuals who did not enrol in Job Bank and did not have a job offer or a provincial nomination were ineligible for selection during IRCC’s draw pool.
However, this is no longer the case, as of June 6. This is because IRCC (Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada) has made registration in the Job Bank voluntary for Express Entry applicants.
What is a Job Bank?
Job Bank Canada is a free government support website that provides registered employees with employment opportunities based on potential work skills and experience. It is a website established by Canada’s Department of Employment and Social Development.
Applicants who register on this website can use it to:
- Set up alerts that will notify when the job becomes available
- View job openings.
- Apply for available positions
Employers in Canada use the portal to recruit Express Entry applicants who fulfill their labour market requirements. However, employers in Canada can recruit Express Entry applicants only if they could not fill their open jobs with Canadian candidates and the applicants meet all of the conditions for filing for a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA).
How to go about looking for work in Canada if still in the Express Entry pool?
Since applicants are under no obligation to register in the Job Bank, building Express Entry profiles has become way simpler than before. However, you can begin your job search by simply creating an account on the Job Bank and promoting yourself to employers in Canada.
Changes in the Express Entry program
As of June 6, 2017, IRCC aimed to neutralise the CRS (Comprehensive Ranking System) score by giving more weightage to human skills, capital and experience. Its major strategy for achieving this goal was to reduce the amount of CRS points available for a qualified employment offer from 600 to 50 or 200 points, depending on the position provided.
The change made to the Express Entry Job Bank allowed certain foreign workers in Canada on employer-specific work permits to obtain these points without obtaining a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA), which is a document demonstrating that no Canadian citizens or permanent residents are ready, willing, or able to perform the job. In addition, the employment offer length criteria were changed from indefinite to at least one year.
Step to create an account on the Job Bank portal.
Express Entry job bank registration process involves:
Step 1: Sign up for the Job Bank account.
Step 2: Read all the terms and conditions and click on agree if you agree.
Step 3: Fill in the details like education background, experience and skill.
Step 4: Check your email for the notification regarding your job opportunities.
What types of Job offers are considered valid under Express Entry?
A job is considered under Express Entry, if:
- It’s a full-time position, not a seasonal one.
- It is for a minimum of one year.
- It is a skilled job listed under NOC (National Occupational Classification.)
- Skill 0
- Skill A
- Skill B
- It is a written formal job application and includes details like your pay and deductions, job role, conditions of employment, and working hours.
Above all, the job offer should be supported by the LMIA (Labour Market Impact Assessment). Employers must send you a copy of your written job letter if you receive a positive LMIA.
The advantage of having a job offer is that it gives you additional points in the Express Entry CRS (Comprehensive Ranking System). Add your LMIA number to your Express Entry profile to indicate that you have a legitimate employment offer.
What kinds of employment offers aren’t considered valid?
The job offers are not considered valid if the employer is on the list of ineligible employers or an embassy, high commission or consulate in Canada.