Express Entry

The Express Entry system is a two steps process to manage permanent residence applications of candidates who qualify under these federal economic immigration programs:

Please note that the province of Quebec is not part of the Express Entry.

Provinces and territories can also recruit candidates from the Express Entry system through their Provincial Nominee Programs to meet local labour market needs. The applicant can enter the pool first, and then be nominated by a province/territory, or be nominated by a province/territory, and then complete an online Express Entry profile.

How Express Entry Works:

Step 1)

Once it is determined that a candidate qualifies under one of the above mentioned economic programs they must complete an online Express Entry profile and provide information based on their

Foreign nationals who meet the criteria of one of the federal immigration programs will be accepted into a pool of candidates. While in the pool the applicant may create a job match that will provide an opportunity to connect with eligible employers in Canada looking for their skills.

Step 2)

Based on the Express Entry Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS), the highest-ranking (highest score) candidates in the pool will be invited to apply for permanent residence. CRS is a point system used to assess a candidate’s profile.

Candidates will be awarded points for a job offer, and/or a nomination from a province or territory, and/or skills and experience factors. These additional points will make a candidate rank high enough to be invited to apply at the next eligible round of invitations. Only the highest scores in the pool will be issued an Invitation to Apply (ITA).

If a candidate is invited to apply, they will have 60 days to submit an online application for permanent residence. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada will process their application with all the necessary supporting documents in six months or less.

If a candidate doesn’t receive an Invitation to Apply for permanent residence within 12 months of submitting an Express Entry profile, they are taken out of the pool and may resubmit a new profile if they still meet the criteria.

Federal Skilled Worker (Express Entry)

Skilled workers are people who are chosen as permanent residents based on their ability to prosper in Canada. A Federal skilled worker (FSW) application is based on the factors set out below:

A) Basic FSW Eligibility

B) Minimum Requirements

C) Six Selection Factors

D) Proof of Funds

E) Inadmissibility

A) Basic FSW Eligibility

The Federal Skilled Worker applicant must meet these requirements:

At least one year of continuous and paid (full-time or an equal amount in part-time) work experience

The FSW must have a valid job offer from a Canadian employer for a permanent, full-time and not seasonal work in a NOC 0, A or B occupation.

B) Minimum Requirements

Work Experience

The work experience must be:

Language Ability

The applicant must meet minimum language levels and include the results of a language test from an agency approved by IRCC when they apply. This should demonstrate that they meet the minimum language requirement of the Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 7.

Language tests accepted include IELTS, CELPIP, TEF, TCF.

Education

The applicant must have:

C) Six Selection Factors

There are six selection factors in the Federal Skill Worker stream and a candidate should score a minimum of 67 or higher to be selected.

FactorMax Points
English and/or French skills28
Education25
Experience15
Age12
Arranged employment in Canada10
Adaptability10
TOTAL (Pass mark 67 out of 100 points)100

D) Proof of Funds

The applicant will need to show proof to the Canadian visa office that they have enough money to support themselves. The amount of money needed to support a family is set by the size of the family.

Note: the required funds are updated each year on the IRCC website.

Proof of Funds is not required if:

E) Inadmissibility

Some people are inadmissible—they are not allowed to come to Canada. Several things can make the applicant inadmissible, such as being involved in criminal activity, human rights violations or in organized crime. The applicant can also be inadmissible for security, health or financial reasons. An assessment is required before inadmissible persons can apply under an immigration program.

Provincial Nominees (Express Entry)

The Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) is designed for provinces to invite candidates who are believed to contribute to the economic development of the province. The province/territory will consider their application based on its immigration needs and the applicant’s genuine intention to settle there.

Provinces and territories will be able to nominate a certain number of foreign nationals through the Express Entry system to meet their local immigration and labour market needs. If an applicant gets a nomination from a province or territory, they will be given enough additional points to be invited to apply for permanent residence at the next eligible round of invitations. As a result Express Entry candidates may either:

Canadian Experience Class (Express Entry)

This program was created for individuals who have been working in Canada.

To be eligible, the candidate must:

  • plan to live outside the province of Quebec
  • have at least 12 months of full-time (or an equal amount in part-time) skilled work experience in Canada in the past three years (NOC 0, A, B)
  • have gained experience in Canada with the proper authorization
  • Have met the required language levels needed for each language ability (speaking, reading, writing, and listening)
    • CLB 7 for NOC O or A job
    • CLB 5 for NOC B job

Federal Skilled Trades Class (Express Entry)

The Federal Skilled Trades Program is for people who want to become permanent residents based on being qualified in a skilled trade. Skilled Trades currently eligible for the Federal Skilled Trades Program are under these major and minor groups of the NOC:

The applicant must meet these requirements

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