Express Entry in Canada is an online system introduced in 2015 by the Canadian Government to efficiently manage applications for permanent residence in Canada.

Express Entry uses a points-based-system (Comprehensive Ranking System) that evaluates the applicants and selects the highest ranking ones, based on the likelihood of their economic success in Canada, to apply for permanent residence.

Express Entry Requirements

For you to be eligible to apply for Express Entry, you must meet the minimum requirements of one of the following economic programs: 

The table below summarizes the main requirements of the afore-mentioned economic programs.

Eligibility Requirements Federal Skilled Worker Program Federal Skilled Trades Program Canadian Experience Class
Languages: English or French Skills CLB 7
  • CLB 5 for speaking & listening
  • CLB 4 for reading & writing
  • CLB 7 for NOC 0 & A
  • CLB 5 for NOC B
Level of Work Experience (NOCs) 0, A, or B B 0, A, or B
Location of Work Experience Canadian or foreign experience Canadian or foreign experience Canadian Experience
Time of Work Experience 1yr continuous in the last 10yrs. (Full-time, part-time or different jobs in combination) 2yrs within the last 5yrs (Full-time or part-time work combination) 1yr within the last 3yrs (Full-time or part-time job combination)
Job Offer Not required Required:

  • A full-time job offer for at least 1yr
  • A certificate of qualification in that specific skill profession given by the Canadian provincial, national or federal authority
Not required
Education Secondary education required Not required Not required

NOC – National Occupation Classification – this a list that classifies jobs into four main categories based on skill level and skill type. These are:

  • Skill Type 0: Managerial jobs
  • Skill Level A: Expert jobs – require a degree from a recognized university
  • Skill Level B: technical tasks and skilled trades – require a college diploma or training as an intern
  • Skill Level C: Intermediate jobs – require high-school or job-specific training
  • Skill Level D: Labour jobs with on-site training

CLB – Canadian Language Benchmark – this is used to test the candidates’ language skills (French or English) on four levels, i.e., writing, reading, speaking, and listening

How to Apply for Express Entry

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If you’re looking to participate in Express Entry, follow these steps

  • Check your eligibility

Check whether you meet the minimum requirements for one of the offered economic programs.

  • Prepare the necessary documents

If you’re eligible for one of the economic programs, start preparing all the essential documents. These include:

  • Passport/ travel document
  • Language test results
  • Education credential evaluation report – for Federal Skilled Workers Program or to get more points for education
  • Provincial nomination certificate (if you have one)
  • Written job offer from a Canadian employer (if you have an offer or if it applies)

If you get an invitation to apply for permanent residence, you’ll also be required to provide the following additional documents:

  • Medical documents
  • Proof of funds to support yourself in Canada (except Canadian Experience Class applicants)
  • Police documents
  • Submit your profile

Once you provide all your information on your Express Entry profile, and you’re eligible, IRCC will accept you into their pool of candidates. Based on the information that you provide, you’re ranked on a point-based system.

  • Get an invitation and apply for permanent residence

If you’re among the candidates with the highest scores in the Express Entry pool and you’re selected, you’ll receive an invitation to apply for permanent residence in Canada.

Express Entry Processing Time

Express Entry takes six months or less depending on the applications being processed. However, once you receive an invitation to apply, you’ll have 60 days to apply for permanent residence.

Express Entry Checklist

When applying for Express Entry, make sure you:

  • Are eligible for one of the economic immigration programs
  • Have all the required documents ready
  • If you receive an invitation to apply, make sure you apply for permanent residence within the given time (60 days)

Express Entry Cost

If you receive an invitation to apply for permanent residence, you’re required to pay the permanent residence application fee, biometric fee, and right of permanence fee, among other charges, where applicable.

How We Can Help

Since 1995, Jane Katkova & Associates – Canadian Immigration, Global Mobility Experts has been providing services as Immigration consultants to numerous clients. We started a program called Express Entry Assist, which is intended to offer our clients easy and smooth entry to Express Entry. We will help you figure out all requirements for Express Entry , set up your profile and fill out the applications. We can also assist with translation. Once everything is completed, we will let you know of the processing time.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada is aware that for some countries there are special procedures in place to get police certificates.

No. Under Express Entry, the system will find which programs you qualify for based on the answers you give in your profile. If you qualify for more than one program, we will help you decide which one to issue the invitation to apply under.

Before you complete an Express Entry profile, you need to take a language test (IELTS General, CELPIP or TEF). This will show that your language skills meet minimum requirements in each of these four categories:

  • listening,
  • speaking,
  • reading and
  • writing.

You will be asked to enter the amount of money you will have to help you settle in Canada in your Express Entry profile. This is to show that you can support yourself and any family who come with you to Canada and helps us assess which programs you may be eligible for.

Yes, you must include all medical exam confirmation letters and police certificates for your application for permanent residence to be complete.

The minimum requirements include:

  • skilled work experience;
  • language ability;
  • education;
  • selection factors;
  • proof of funds;
  • admissibility to enter Canada.

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