One of the biggest concerns people have about applying to immigrate to Canada is whether they need a job first. This report confirms that you don’t need a job offer to be successful through Express Entry!
In fact, only 10% of the people who received an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residence in an Express Entry draw in 2018 had a job offer from a Canadian employer.
When you create a profile in Express Entry, you have to declare your work experience using the National Occupational Classification (NOC). The NOC is a system that assigns a four digit code to every job in the Canadian economy, based on job duties and responsibilities.
The most common occupations claimed by Express Entry candidates that received an ITA in 2018 were in information technology, and business and financial services.
Most common occupations among ITAs issued
|2173||Software engineers and designers||6,126||7%|
|2171||Information systems analysts and consultants||5,429||6%|
|2174||Computer programmers and interactive media developers||3,450||4%|
|1111||Financial auditors and accountants||2,483||3%|
|1123||Professional occupations in advertising, marketing and public relations||2,049||2%|
|4011||University professors and lecturers||1,942||2%|
|1112||Financial and investment analysts||1,921||2%|
|1122||Professional occupations in business management consulting||1,915||2%|
|0124||Advertising, marketing and public relations managers||1,775||2%|
A job offer from a Canadian employer is not a requirement to apply to Express Entry, but you do get extra Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points if you have one. Since only the candidates with the most points receive ITAs, many candidates focus on trying to secure an offer while they’re still in the pool.
If you claim a regular job offer, you get an additional 50 CRS points. If the job is in a managerial position, you get 200 additional points.
Candidates in the Express Entry pool have access to the Canada Job Bank, which eligible Canadian employers can use to find skilled foreign nationals and offer them a position. This makes it easier to match skilled Express Entry candidates with employers.
However, only 10% of candidates who received an ITA in 2018 had claimed a job offer, so it’s definitely not a requirement to succeed! Of the 89,800 candidates in the pool who received an ITA last year, 9,308 had received a job offer.
Most common job offers received among ITAs issued
|2173||Software engineers and designers||691||9%|
|2174||Computer programmers and interactive media developers||675||7%|
|2171||Information systems analysts and consultants||450||6%|
|4011||University professors and lecturers||414||5%|
|6311||Food service supervisors||412||5%|
|5241||Graphic designers and illustrators||296||4%|
|0013||Senior managers - financial, communications and other business services||243||3%|
|0213||Computer and information systems managers||227||3%|
|0016||Senior managers -construction, transportation, production and utilities||171||2%|
Express Entry is the application management system for most Canadian economic immigration programs. If you’re interested in coming to work in Canada, you can find out if you’re eligible to apply through Express Entry by completing our free online assessment below!
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