A major question that is in people’s mind these days is “Do you need a valid job offer in order to get into Express Entry Pool” and the reason for this confusion is the fact that the first round of invitations sent out were for those candidates who had job offers.
Simplest answer “NO you do not need to have a job offer to get into entry pool”
Do you need a valid job offer to rank high on score ?
“Yes having a valid job offer does give you advantages and you get additional point added to your total scores”
This is how Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has put it.
you meet the criteria of one of the economic immigration programs subject to Express Entry, you will be accepted into the Express Entry pool. A job offer supported by an Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) from an employer in Canada is a significant asset, but not a requirement.
So if you do not have a job offer you can still apply and you can still logically get an invitation. How this works is something still to be seen as this program i.e., Express Entry Process is still in its infancy. But rest assured that we will be keeping an eye will keep to updated.