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Express Entry


Express Entry

Express Entry: What is it?

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) established the online application management system known as Express Entry to manage applications submitted through its three sub-programs (CEC, FSTP and FSW). If all program requirements are met, Express Entry Canada recommends qualified skilled immigrants to become permanent residents of Canada.

You must be eligible for one of these programs in order to meet the express entry requirements:


In addition to these programs, several Provincial Nominee Programs also have an Express Entry component. You can examine the associated express entry programs on the websites for the relevant provincial immigration departments to learn more about these.

Criteria for Express Entry eligibility

The Comprehensive Ranking System is used to determine express entrance eligibility. You can calculate your Express Entry points using the CRS calculator/tool (CRS Tool). Every two weeks, Express Entry Canada typically announces the results of its draw, cutoff, and minimum selection score. Express Entry Canada invites you to apply to become a Permanent Resident of Canada if your score meets or exceeds the current draws.

In the case of a minimum selection score, the tie-breaking rule is used (Tie Breaker Rule).

The elements that determine your score are listed below:

  • Age

  • Education

  • Work Experience

  • Siblings in Canada

  • Job Offer

  • Provincial Nomination

  • Language Test Score


The Express Entry Program’s 10 Steps to Apply for Permanent Residency

Step 1

Look up your NOC code.

Various job skill levels are covered by various programs. By visiting the official NOC website and looking up your job position, you may determine the skill level of your profession.

Step 2

Examine your eligibility for one of the three Express Entry programs.

You can choose from one of the three programs that you might be eligible for based on their particular requirements depending on your occupation and its skill level.

To find out which of the three programs you might be eligible for, you may read more about them here:

Federal Skilled Worker (FSW)

Canadian Experience Class (CEC)

Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP)


Step 3

Complete your ECA for your international education.

A crucial step is obtaining your Education Credential Assessment report for your overseas education from a designated organization. You cannot receive credit for education that wasn’t assessed.

Step 4

Complete your language exam.

You must pass one of the recognized language exams, such as the IELTS, CELPIP-G, TEF Canada, or TCF Canada, and you must be eligible for express entry at the minimal level required for your work.

Step 5

Determine your CRS score.

You can use the CIC CRS tool, CRS Calculator, to determine your exact CRS score after receiving your language exam and ECA results.


Step 6

Access the Express Entry pool

You can build your Express Entry profile if your score is higher than or equal to that of the most recent Express Entry Canada draws.


Step 7

Wait to get an ITA

Express Entry Canada will send you an Invitation to Apply (ITA) as soon as your score passes the most recent draw.


Step 8

Prepare and submit all necessary paperwork

You will now need to gather and submit all the necessary data/documents, including your passport, transcripts from your previous schooling, police clearance certificates, an upfront medical exam, work experience letters, etc.


Step 9

Once the passport request has been received, submit your passport.

You will get several updates along with a request to pick up your passport when the IRCC has examined and validated your documentation.

Prepare for your landing in Canada

Pack your bags and begin your journey!


To apply for Express Entry or to learn more:

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