Canada’s Express Entry

Canada’s Express Entry system stands as one of the most efficient and popular pathways for skilled workers seeking permanent residency in the country. Launched in 2015, Express Entry revolutionized Canada’s immigration process by introducing a points-based system that prioritizes candidates based on their skills, work experience, education, language proficiency, and other factors.

Here’s an in-depth look at how the Express Entry system works and what it offers to prospective immigrants:

  • Eligibility Criteria: To be eligible for Express Entry, candidates must meet the requirements of at least one of the three federal economic immigration programs managed through the system:
  • Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP)
  • Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP)
  • Canadian Experience Class (CEC)

  • Creating an Express Entry Profile: Eligible candidates create an online profile in the Express Entry system, where they provide detailed information about their education, work experience, language proficiency (in English and/or French), and other relevant details. Based on this information, candidates are assigned a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score.
  • Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS): The CRS score is a key determinant in Express Entry. It assesses candidates based on factors such as age, education, work experience, language skills, and adaptability (such as having a job offer or provincial nomination). The higher the CRS score, the better the chances of receiving an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residency.
  • Entering the Express Entry Pool: Once the profile is complete and the CRS score calculated, candidates enter the Express Entry pool. Profiles remain in the pool for up to 12 months or until they receive an ITA.
  • Invitations to Apply (ITA): Regular draws are conducted from the pool, and candidates with the highest CRS scores are issued ITAs to apply for permanent residency. During each draw, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) sets a minimum CRS score threshold, and candidates above this threshold receive invitations.
  • Applying for Permanent Residency: Upon receiving an ITA, candidates have 60 days to submit a complete application for permanent residency, including supporting documents such as police certificates, medical exams, and proof of funds. IRCC aims to process complete applications within six months.
  • Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs): Express Entry candidates can also enhance their CRS scores by obtaining a provincial nomination through a PNP. Many provinces and territories in Canada have their own immigration streams aligned with Express Entry, allowing them to nominate candidates based on local labor market needs and priorities.

Express Entry has streamlined the immigration process, making it faster and more transparent for skilled workers seeking to make Canada their permanent home. Its point-based system prioritizes candidates who possess the skills and attributes needed to contribute to Canada’s economy and society, ensuring that immigrants selected through the program are well-positioned for success in their new home.


Application Links:

  • Express Entry System:

Express Entry Overview: 

Create an Express Entry Profile: 

Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) Calculator: 

Check Your Application Status: 

Express Entry Draws: 

  • Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs):

Provincial Nominee Programs Overview: 

Find a Provincial Nominee Program: 

Provincial Nominee Program Streams by Province/Territory: 

Express Entry Linked Provincial Nominee Programs: 

  • International Experience Canada (IEC):

International Experience Canada Overview: 

Create an IEC Profile: 

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