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What Makes A Valid Job Offer Under Express Entry

Every immigrant’s dream is to get settled with a job as soon as they arrive in Canada. While Canada offers many employment opportunities to its residents, not all job offers are considered valid under the Express Entry immigration pathway.

Express Entry is one of the immigration pathways through which foreigners can come in to live and work in Canada, and of all these immigration pathways, Express Entry is the most popular, effective, and fastest.

The Express Entry is a system for collecting and organizing the profiles of all applicants who wish to immigrate to Canada and obtain Permanent Residence. When you apply for Express Entry, your profile becomes part of what is known as the Express Entry pool.

This is simply a collection of the profiles of all the numerous applicants who wish to immigrate to Canada. Because there is usually a high number of applicants in the Express Entry pool per time, specific points, known as CRS (Comprehensive Ranking System) points are given to each applicant.

The points are awarded based on specific information in each applicant’s profile, and this point is finally used to select those who will receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for Permanent Residence in Canada.

Although it is not compulsory to have a valid job offer to immigrate to Canada, getting one will increase your CRS points for the Express Entry pathway and make you easily eligible for ITA.

What Makes a Job Offer Valid Under Express Entry?

In Canada, under Express Entry, a job is considered valid if:

A job offer must be validated by a form of documentation that will expound on details of the job, such as:

  • Pay and pay time
  • Job duties or job description
  • Hours and days of work
  • Other employment conditions

A valid job offer in Canada is usually supported by a Labor Market Impact Assessment (LMIA), which your employer must apply for from Employment and Social Development Canada or Service Canada.

However, not all job offers to require the support of an LMIA. If your job requires one, your employer will hand it over to you alongside a written document to validate your job offer.

Getting LMIA support for your job will grant you an LMIA number which you can use to prove your job offer, and once you get an LMIA number, you can include or update it in your Express Entry profile to prove your valid job offer in Canada.

You may also be required to provide your original LMIA document once you get an ITA under Express Entry, and the LMIA is, therefore, an important document you should keep safe. If your job offer does not require LMIA, the IRCC will understand and not demand it from you.

What job offers in Express Entry are eligible for CRS points?

You won’t receive CRS points on your Express Entry profile for every job offer. Your employment offer must be accepted as valid via Express Entry to receive points.

According to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), a Canadian job offer must be for a position that is one of the following to be valid under Express Entry:

  1. Both permanent and non-seasonal;
  2. For a period that is at least one year long;
  3. For a job offer under the National Occupational Classification (NOC) system’s Training, Education, Experience, and Responsibilities (TEER) categories 0, 1, or 3. and
  4. Backed up by a favorable Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) or excluded from the requirement for one.

A copy of the written job offer stating your position, responsibilities, pay, and terms of employment must be provided if you claim points for a job offer under Express Entry. You must also provide evidence of your LMIA status or LMIA exemption.

When Is a Job Offer Not Valid?

A job offer is not valid if:

  • Your employer is an embassy or a high consulate in Canada
  • Your employer has been found non-compliant and is, therefore, on the list of ineligible employees in Canada
  • Or employer does not get a positive LMIA for the job when it is not LMIA

An employer is termed non-compliant and, therefore, no longer able to give valid job offers to foreign workers or potential immigrants to Canada if he does (but is not limited to) any of the following:

  • The employer could not provide any valid document that provides employment details and shows that the previous foreign worker(s) met the conditions for six years, beginning from the day the employee started working.
  • An employer could not prove that the details provided for the job with the LMIA is true for six years, beginning from the day the employee started working.
  • An employer could not provide the wages or salary he ought to for the foreign worker(s).
  • The employer did any of the following:
    1. Was not available for an inspection
    2. Did not show up for a meeting with the inspector
    3. Could not give the inspector the documents required
    4. Didn’t provide necessary information to the inspector when asked to.
  • The pay and working conditions did not match or were not better than what the employer indicated in the initial offer of employment.
  • The job description differed from what was indicated in the offer of employment.
  • The employer did not adhere to federal, provincial, or territorial laws on hiring employees (including foreign workers).
  • The employer did not ensure that his workplace was devoid of the following:
    1. Financial abuse
    2. Physical abuse
    3. Psychological abuse
    4. Sexual abuse

You can also read more about the eligibility criteria to work in Canada.

Applying to Express Entry with a Valid Job Offer

Specific programs are included under the Express Entry immigration pathway through which applicants can apply to express their will to immigrate to Canada.

If you have a valid job offer under any of these programs, you can use Express Entry as your immigration pathway. The programs are:

Each program has its unique eligibility criteria and will require you to have specific educational qualifications or job experience. You can apply through them only when you meet the eligibility criteria for any of the programs.

Therefore, it is first about your eligibility for the program and not the job offer, and a job offer can increase your CRS point in the Express Entry pool. However, it is not a compulsory requirement in the pathway.

The more significant percentage of foreigners who immigrate to Canada through Express Entry did not have a valid job offer during their immigration process. If you, however, get a job offer, the job offer must meet the criteria for the Express Entry program you are applying for.

A job offer can also help if you qualify for FSWP or FSTP in providing sufficient funds to take care of yourself and your immediate family when you immigrate to Canada.

Job Offer Vs. Work Permit in Canada

Getting a job offer in Canada does not necessarily require a Work Permit, as you may not be residing in Canada yet. However, you will need a Work Permit to start work in Canada, especially if you are not a permanent resident or a Canadian citizen.

Also, note that a Work Permit is not a job offer, nor does it automatically grant you one, even if it is tagged as an Open Work Permit. Suppose you have been working in Canada recently through a Work Permit and apply for Express Entry.

In that case, you can include your job offer in your profile if it meets the criteria for a valid job offer in Canada. For example, such a Work Permit might be a Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP).

However, if you do not have an LMIA before, you will need to get one now that you are applying to Express Entry, as your LMIA number is the only way to indicate your job offer in your Express Entry profile.

Job Offer Letter Vs. Employment Letter

A job offer letter is not the same as an employment letter and should not be mixed up to mean the same thing. A job offer letter is a formal document you receive from a Canadian organization that indicates you have been offered a job. The letter contains brief information about the organization and your position or job description.

On the other hand, an employment letter or an offer of employment is a signed contract between you and your employer, and this is usually more detailed than a job offer letter and comes after you have already received a job offer letter. It clearly defines your employee role and states your working conditions, wages, working days, and other important information.

The employment letter is contractual and legal and can be used to sue you or your employer should there be any contract breach or deviation from whatever was written in the letter.


How many Points can a Valid Job Offer in Canada add to your Express Entry CRS Points?

A valid job offer in Canada that qualifies under Express Entry programs can add anything from 50 to 200 points to your Express Entry profile. For these points to be awarded, you must have updated your LMIA number in your profile as proof of the job offer.

Why didn’t I get my Canadian Job Offer’s CRS Points in Express Entry?

The only reason you will not receive CRS points for your job offer is if the job offer is not valid. It does not meet the requirements for a valid job offer in Canada. Such conditions have already been highlighted in this article.

Do I need a Job Offer to Apply for Express Entry in Canada?

You do not need a job offer to apply for Express Entry in Canada. A job offer can improve your CRS points but is not a requirement to apply for Express Entry in Canada.

What is an Open Work Permit?

Ans. An Open Work Permit allows you to work as a foreigner in Canada for a specific period. The permit is only issued to those whose job offers are exempted from the LMIA requirement.

You may also be issued an Open Work Permit if your original Work Permit expires soon. Still, you have applied for Permanent Resident under any of the Express Entry or Provincial Nominee Programs.


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