Express Entry

Starting from 2015, the Express Entry program is Canada’s current system for managing immigration applications for several of the country’s economic immigrant programs including Federal Skilled Worker, Canadian Experience Class, and Federal Skilled Trades. People interested in immigrating to Canada to live and work on a full-time basis, who meet the criteria for at least one of these immigration programs, can formally express their interest in becoming a permanent resident of Canada by creating an Express Entry profile. Once added to the Express Entry pool, candidates will be scored according to the program’s point-based Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS), and this score will determine the candidate’s rank within the pool. People with the highest scores will then be invited to apply to immigrate to Canada as permanent residents.

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Express Entry In A Nutshell

  1. Determine your eligibility: Applicants must qualify in at least one of the three programs listed below:
    Canadian Experience Class | Federal Skilled Worker | Federal Skilled Trade Program according to Six Selection Factors.
  2. Placement: Eligible candidates are added to a pool of candidates and ranked according to a points system.
  3. Comprehensive Ranking System: Candidates who qualify will be ranked on several factors including Education, Work Experience, and Language proficiency. Additional points will be awarded to those who have a job offer or a nomination letter under the Provincial Nominee Program.
  4. Getting ITA (Invitation to Apply): In order to be invited to Apply (ITA) for Permanent Residency, the CRS ranks eligible candidates under the following criteria:
    • Principal or Single applicant core factors
    • Accompanying spouse/common-law partner factors
    • Skills and experience factors
    • Skills transferability (combination of work experience and education resulting in higher chances of employability and higher salaries)
    • Additional points for those with a valid Job Offer or a Nomination from a province or territory