Express Entry

Express Entry is an electronic management system to organize and process applications for applicants who wish to immigrate to Canada as permanent residents.

How Express Entry System Works:

Step 1: Eligibility

Eligibility to qualify for this system depends on various factors such as education, age, language proficiency, work experience etc. After obtaining 67 points on selection grid the applicants become eligible to submit their profile to Express Entry system.

Step 2: Submit your profile

An Expression of interest (EOI) is submitted by applicants to the Express Entry Pool who meet eligibility criteria under one of 3 federal Canada Immigration Programs or a Provincial Immigration Program,.

Step 3: Receive an Invitation to apply

Applicants’ profiles are ranked against each other according to a points-based system called the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). The highest ranked candidates will be considered for an invitation to apply (ITA) for permanent residence. Those receiving an ITA must quickly submit a full application and pay processing fees, within a delay of 60-days.

The Three Federal Immigration Programs

Federal Skilled Worker

Applicants need to meet certain criteria to qualify under the Federal Skilled Worker Program Minimum requirements are:
  • One year of continuous full-time or equivalent paid work experience in the past 10 years in a skilled occupation classified under the National Occupational Classification (NOC) skill level 0, A or B;
  • Validated language ability equivalent to Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 7 in English or French across all abilities (reading, writing, listening, and speaking); and
  • Canadian educational credential (certificate, diploma, or degree) or foreign credential and Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) report.

Federal Skilled Trades Program

To qualify for under Federal Skilled Trades program applicants must:
  • have valid job offers of continuous, paid, full-time employment (at least 30 hours a week) from up to two employers in Canada for at least one year OR a certificate of qualification* from a provincial or territorial body;
  • provide proof of basic language proficiency from a designated language testing organization, demonstrating that the applicant meets the minimum threshold set by the Minister — Canadian Level Benchmark (CLB) 5 for speaking and listening, CLB 4 for reading and writing;
  • have obtained 2 years of full-time work experience (or an equal amount of part-time work) in the skilled trade in the five years before applying; and
  • be able to demonstrate the skills and experience and that they have performed the essential duties of the occupation.
*A certificate of qualification proves that a foreign national is qualified to work in a skilled trade occupation in Canada. With a certificate of qualification, applicants prove they have passed a certification exam or met all the requirements to practice their trade in a specific province or territory.