The Express Entry Program
The Express Entry Program
New immigrants with particular skills, knowledge, academic and professional experiences are selected to fill in job vacancies in Canada and strengthen the workforce. The Express Entry program is one of the most popular Canada visa programs with a limited quota. This is how the Express Entry Program works:
The Express Entry System
The Express Entry Program is a category for three work visas: Federal Skilled Worker Visa, Federal Skills Trades Program, Canadian Experience Class.
The immigration process for the Express Entry Program is based on a multi-factored 'pool and points' system, used by the IRCC to select the most suitable candidates for Canada immigration and employment. To qualify for any of the Express Entry visas you must earn points based on 6 selection factors:
- Language Skills
- Work Experience
- Job offer
Canada's Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) will calculate the total points you obtained based on the final profile you provided. The total points score is calculated out of a possible maximum of 1200 points (the higher your points – the higher the probability that your profile be selected from the pool).
Once you are selected, Canada's immigration authorities will send you an official 'Invitation to Apply' (ITA) for one of those immigration visas. From that point forward, you will have 60 days to file an application for permanent residency.
The Canadian government is committed to processing complete applications within 6 months of submission, and that candidates can remain in the Express Entry pool for up to 12 months. If they do not receive an invitation within the 1-year period, they can submit a new profile to the pool.
*Ontario has its own Express Entry program called the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program with visa streams that are province-specific.
*Quebec has a program called the Quebec-selected skilled workers program for workers who want to become permanent residents of Quebec.
Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP)
Canada's Federal Skilled Worker program for Canada immigration is aimed at foreign workers with a suitable set of academic and professional skills and/or experience who want to immigrate to Canada permanently. In addition to the main eligibility requirements you must meet other visa-specific requirements:
- Have 1 year of continuous, full-time paid work (or the equivalent in part-time continuous work) within the last 10 years in one of the eligible occupations listed under the National Occupational Classification list (NOC)
- Your work experience must be classified as a type 0 (managerial positions), type A (professional occupations) or type B (technical occupations and skilled trades)
- You must prove your language proficiency in English or in French and score 7 in the Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB)
- You must have sustainable funds for basic necessities upon your arrival in Canada
- You must meet security, health and character requirements
Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP)
Canada's Federal Skills Trades Program for Canada immigration is aimed at workers with a skilled trade who want to immigrate to Canada permanently. In addition to the main eligibility requirements you must meet other visa-specific requirements:
- You must have 2 years or more of full-time work experience within the last 5 years in an eligible skilled trade
- Your occupation must be classified as a type B under the National Occupational Classification list (NOC)
- You must prove your language proficiency in English or in French by scoring 5 in the Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB)
- You must have an offer for full-time work from a Canadian employer for 1 year or more; OR
- Have a certificate of qualification issued by a province or territory
Canadian Experience Class (CEC)
The Canadian Experience Class for Canada immigration is aimed at temporary workers already working in Canada who would like to become permanent residents. These are the requirements you must meet in order to apply for this program:
- You have work experience of 1 year or more in a skilled, professional or technical occupation in Canada within 36 months of the date of your application
- You must prove your language proficiency in English or in French and reach the required Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) of 5 (for an occupation type B) or 7 (for an occupation type 0 or A)
- You don't have intention to live in Quebec (Quebec has its own Experience Class program)
- Your work must be classified as type 0, A or B under the National Occupational Classification list (NOC)
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Frequently Asked Questions
The Express Entry program is a fast track way to obtain permanent residency in Canada through three of Canada's federal immigration programs for skilled workers: Federal Skilled Worker Visa, Federal Skills Trades Program, Canadian Experience Class.
The Express Entry 'pool' is where all the completed, eligible applications are submitted to be selected for Canada immigration. Job offers are directed at applicants who presented strong applications that attracted potential Canadian employers.
To apply for the Express Entry program, you must score 67 points on the six selection factors. Then you must meet the requirements of the visa you're applying for. Once all requirements are met you may submit your application to the pool. If selected, you will be able to apply for permanent residency and start your Canada immigration.
In most cases, in takes about 6 months to obtain Express Entry visas. An application submitted through the Express Entry program is processed within 6 months from the date it is received, but it can also take up to a year (if after a year your application was not selected, you can submit a new application).
To receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) you need to have a CRS score equal or above the score cut-off determined by Canada's immigration authorities. The lowest cut-off score was 413 points back in May 2017. For most of 2019 and early 2020, the score cut-off was around 460-470 points. Stay updated on the cut-off scores and consider ways to improve your CRS score, or alternative Canada immigration options.