Job offers for express entry

Job offers under Express Entry: 10 Diverse Scenarios

Receiving an offer of employment for skilled immigrants can assist them with their Express Entry applications. However, these job offers must meet specific criteria. I have two other articles that explore job offers for Express Entry and the Permanent Resident LMIA. Regardless, this article presents ten scenarios to examine the validity of job offers for Express Entry. If you are blank on this subject, visit the following pages first.

Maria from Mexico: Software Developer and Federal Skilled Worker Class

Scenario: Maria receives a 35-hour-per-week, two-year job offer in Toronto as a software developer (NOC 21232). Her employer has a positive PR LMIA.

Validity: Maria’s job offer is valid for FSWC, meeting all essential criteria. Remember that the job is a TEER 1 job supported by a valid LMIA.


Ahmed from Egypt: Nurse and Canadian Experience Class

Scenario: Ahmed is offered a 9-month, contract-based nursing position (NOC 31301).

Validity: Invalid for CEC due to its contract nature and less than one year duration. The minimum job offer period is 12 months after becoming a PR. However, it is better to receive permanent offers.


Svetlana from Russia: Electrician and Federal Skilled Trades Class

Scenario: Svetlana gets two part-time job offers as an electrician (NOC 72200), totalling 35 weekly hours. Both employers have a positive LMIA.

Validity: Valid for FSTC, as both part-time jobs equate to a full-time position. Remember, you must work at least 30 hours weekly for full-time positions. Also, the NOC code must be among the acceptable codes.


Jack from Australia: Seasonal Agricultural Worker and FSWC

Scenario: Jack receives a job offer for a seasonal farm supervisor (NOC 82030) in British Columbia. The job is for three years but is limited to the harvest season every year. However, it has a positive LMIA.

Validity: Jack’s job offer is not valid under the FSWC category because the job is seasonal and not continuous.


Amina from Nigeria: Sales Manager and Canadian Experience Class

Scenario: Amina holds a Post-Graduate Work Permit (PGWP). She has a job offer as a Sales Manager (NOC 60010) from the same employer. However, they have not obtained an LMIA for this offer.

Validity: Invalid for CEC, as her PGWP is not employer-specific. Such a job offer does not support Express Entry without a positive LMIA.


Carlos from Colombia: Carpenter and FSTC

Scenario: Carlos receives a job offer as a carpenter (NOC 72310) without a positive LMIA. The offer is full-time and indefinite.

Validity: Invalid for FSTC due to the absence of a positive LMIA.


Raj from India: IT specialist at an Embassy and FSWC

Scenario: Raj is offered a job by an embassy in Ottawa as a cybersecurity specialist (NOC 21220).

Validity: Invalid for FSWC because the employer is an embassy.


Elsa from Sweden: Graphic Designer and CEC

Scenario: Elsa has a 25-hour per week job offer as a Graphic Designer (NOC 5241). She has received a positive LMIA for this position, and the offer has no end date.

Validity: Invalid for CEC as it’s not a full-time position.


Chen from China: Welder and FSTC

Scenario: Chen receives a six-month job offer as a welder (NOC 72106), backed by a positive LMIA. The job is full-time with benefits.

Validity: Invalid for FSTC due to its short duration.


Leila from Iran: Financial Analyst and FSWC

Scenario: Leila receives a job offer for a financial analyst position (NOC 11101). She’s been with the employer for two years on an LMIA-exempt work permit. Her work permit is employer-based and reflects the name of the same company as the employer.

Validity: Valid for FSWC due to her long-term, full-time employment with the same employer on an LMIA-exempt employer-based work permit.


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Determining the validity of a job offer under Canada’s Express Entry system can be a complex process that varies significantly depending on the category under which you are applying. This article has illustrated this complexity through ten diverse scenarios featuring applicants from around the globe. Consequently, you may book a consultation with me for official advice on this or similar matters. Alternatively, please fill out our assessment form.

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