Express Entry Program

Canada Express Entry

Canada Express Entry Process Flow

  • Check Basic Eligibility
  • Determine Applicable Program – FSW, FST, CEC, PNP
  • Get Educational Credential Assessment – ECA
  • Sit for Language Tests – IELTS or CELPIP – TEF
  • Create Online Express Entry Profile
  • Get Comprehensive Ranking Score
  • Wait for Express Entry Draw
  • Get Invitation to Apply (if ranked high enough)
  • Collect all Required Documents
  • Submit Completed Express Entry Application
  • Get Approval
  • Send in Passport for Visa

What is Canada Express Entry ?

Canada Express Entry is an online system used by immigration Department of Canada to manage applications for Permanent Residence in Canada. This is a fast track program.

Express Entry manages Immigration Applications for three Federal Economic Programs namely:

  • Federal Skilled Worker Program
  • Federal Skilled Trades Program and
  • Canadian Experience Class

Provinces and Territories of Canada also nominate candidates through Express Entry under Provincial Nominee Program.

Express Entry Profile ?

Candidates who wish to Immigrate to Canada under Express Entry program and qualify for one of the above programs create an online profile. The completed profile is then submitted to the Express Entry Pool for a period of one year.

Express Entry Login ?

Click here to create your Express Entry Profile and must keep your Express Entry Login Username and Password safe.

Comprehensive Ranking System ?

Here the profiles are ranked according to the Comprehensive Ranking System. This system assigns a score to each profile from a total of 1200. Then the profiles are ranked according to the score and date and time of submission of the profile to the Express Entry Pool.

Comprehensive Ranking Score (Express Entry Points) are based on Core Factors (600 Points) and Additional Factors (600 Points).

Core Factors include:

  1. Skills and experience factors
  2. Spouse or common-law partner factors, such as their language skills and education
  3. Skills transferability, including education and work experience

And

Additional Factors include;

  1. Canadian degrees, diplomas or certificates
  2. a valid job offer
  3. a nomination from a province or territory
  4. a brother or sister living in Canada who is a citizen or permanent resident
  5. strong French language skills

For complete details on Comprehensive Ranking System and calculation of score check here.

Canada Express Entry Draw ?

The Immigration Department of Canada frequently conducts Express Entry Draws also known as Rounds of Invitations. At the time of each draw the Immigration Department decides the number candidates to be selected depending upon their capacity to process applications and their annual targets.

The top as many candidates, as the number decided are picked from the pool. These candidates are then invited to Apply for Permanent Residence in Canada.

For details about earlier draws click here.  

Invitation to Apply ?

The candidates who receive their Invitation to Apply (ITA) need to complete their online application and scan and upload the required documents within 60 days.

Documents for Express Entry:

A personalised list of documents to submit is generated by the system after an Invitation to Apply is issued. Here is a list of documents that are mandatory for everyone.

The documents needed even before starting your Express Entry Profile are:

  • Passport
  • Language test Results
  • Educational Credential Assessment (for Federal Skilled Worker Program or to get additional points in other programs)
  • Provincial Nomination (if Applicable)
  • Job offer – Arranged Employment Proof (if Applicable)

The documents required at the time of Application for Immigration are:

  • Police Certificates
  • Medical Exams
  • Proof of Funds (not required if you have a valid job offer or you are already working in Canada)

For complete list of documents and where and how to apply and formats check here.

What is Express Entry Processing Time ?

Express Entry is a Fast track online System. After an Invitation to Apply is issued, in most of the cases it takes under 6 months to process the application and issue a Permanent Residence Visa.

However, the time taken for creating and submitting the Express Entry Profile and waiting for the Invitation to Apply is not part of this Processing time. That completely depends on the candidate and the Express Entry Rank determined by the Comprehensive Ranking System Score.

How much does Express Entry Cost ?

Processing fee of CAD $ 550 per person and CAD $ 150 per dependent child

The right of permanent residence fee is $490.00 CAN per person. There is no fee for dependent children.

Other expenses may include:

  • Language Tests
  • Educational Credential Assessment
  • Medical Exam
  • Police Certificate

Express Entry Eligibility ?

The Express Entry requirements for each program are given below:

Language Skills

CLB 7



Type of Job Experience

Canadian or foreign

In NOCs: 0, A or B

    Amount of Work Experience

    One year continuous within the last 10 years

    Job offer

    Not required

    Education

    Secondary education

    Language Skills

    CLB 5 – Speaking/Listening

    CLB 4 – Reading/Writing

    Type of Job Experience

    Canadian or foreign

    In NOC B

      Amount of Work Experience

      Two years within last 5 years

      Job offer

      Required

      Education

      Not required

      Canadian Experience Class

      Language Skills

      CLB 7 for NOC 0 or A

      CLB 5 for NOC B

      Type of Job Experience

      Canadian 

      In NOCs: 0, A or B

        Amount of Work Experience

        One year in Canada in the last 3 years

        Job offer

        Not required

        Education

        Not required

        The detailed Eligibility requirements for each program under Express Entry System are given below:

        Language Skills

        IELTS for English Skills

        Speaking6.0 Band
        Listening6.0 Band
        Reading6.0 Band
        Writing6.0 Band

        Or

        TEF for French Skills

        Speaking310+
        Listening249+
        Reading207+
        Writing310+

        Type of Job Experience

        Canadian or foreign experience in 1 of these NOCs:

        • Type 0
        • Level A
        • Level B

        Amount of Work Experience

        One year continuous within the last 10 years (combination of part-time, full-time or more than 1 job in the same occupation)

        Job offer

        Not required.

        But you can get additional points for having a valid job offer.

        Education

        Secondary education required.

        You can get more points for your higher education.

        Language Skills

        IELTS for English Skills

        Speaking5.0 Band
        Listening5.0 Band
        Reading3.5 Band
        Writing4.0 Band

        Or

        TEF for French Skills

        Speaking226+
        Listening181+
        Reading121+
        Writing181+

        Type of Job Experience

        Canadian or foreign experience in a skilled trade under key groups of NOC

        • Level B

        Amount of Work Experience

        Two years within last 5 years (either combination of full-time or part-time work)

        Job offer

        Required:

        A valid job offer of full-time employment for a total period of at least 1 year OR

        certificate of qualification in that skilled trade issued by a Canadian provincial, territorial or federal authority

        Education

        Not required.

        Canadian Experience Class

        Language Skills

        IELTS for English Skills

         If Job NOC is Type 0 or Level AIf Job NOC is Level B
        Speaking6.0 Band5.0 Band
        Listening6.0 Band5.0 Band
        Reading6.0 Band4.0 Band
        Writing6.0 Band5.0 Band

        Or

        TEF for French Skills

         If Job NOC is Type 0 or Level AIf Job NOC is Level B
        Speaking310+226+
        Listening249+181+
        Reading207+151+
        Writing310+226+

        Type of Job Experience

        Canadian experience in 1 of these NOCs:

        • Type 0
        • Level A
        • Level B

        Amount of Work Experience

        One year in Canada in the last 3 years (either combination of full-time or part-time work)

        Job offer

        Not required.

        Education

        Not required.

        What are the Minimum Express Entry Points to qualify?

        There is no minimum points that will qualify someone for Express Entry. The invitations to apply are sent out according to the rank of candidates. At the time of Express Entry Draw how many candidate score more than you will decide if you will get an Invitation or not. One should always try to improve the comprehensive score if they can like by improving their language tests.

        From the analysis of previous draws so far the minimum ranked candidates invited to apply for immigration to Canada had the following scores: 

        Federal Skilled Worker Class (FSWC): 413 (May 31, 2017)

        Federal Skilled Trades Class (FSTC): 199 (May 26, 2017)

        Canadian Experience Class (CEC): 413 (May 31, 2017)