Canada Express Entry

Canada's Express Entry is the fastest and most popular immigration system offering Canadian Permanent Residence. It was introduced by the Canadian federal government in January 2015, replacing the 'first come, first served' process.

Express Entry, in itself, is not an immigration program, it is an online system created to manage Canada's immigration applications intake. It is an application management system used by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to manage and process applications received through three of Canada's federal economic immigration programs for skilled workers.

Instead of being a 'fist come, first served' system, Express Entry is a competitive immigration system, ranking all eligible candidates against one another and then inviting the best ranking candidates to apply for Canadian permanent resident status. Candidates are ranked against one another based on their age, education, language proficiency, work experience, and other factors. All of these are used to determine the point achieved by the candidates using the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) and the points in turn are used to determine the ranking of candidates in the Express Entry pool.

Applicants who meet the eligibility criteria submit an online profile known as an Expression of interest (EOI), under one of the 3 federal Canada immigration programs or a participating provincial immigration program, to the Express Entry Pool.

The highest-ranked candidates, based on the points determined by CRS, will be considered for an invitation to apply (ITA) for permanent residence. Thsoe receiving an ITA must quickly submit a full application and pay the processing fees, within a delay of 90-days.

Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) uses the Express Entry system to select the desired candidates to apply for permanent residence.

Three federal programs go through the express entry system:

Canadian Experience Class (CEC)

The Canadian Experience Class, as the name suggests is an immigration program for those who have a minimum of one year working experience in Canada.

The Federal Skilled Workers Program (FSWP), is an immigration program that enables skilled professionals with foreign (outside Canada) work experience to apply for Permanent Residency in Canada.

Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP)

The Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP), is an immigration program that enables skilled workers (in certain trades) with a valid job offer in Canada to apply for Canada Permanent Residence.

You need to be eligible to one of these programs to be able to enter the Express Entry pool of candidates, where each candidate is assigned a CRS score.

How does the Express Entry Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) work?

A Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score is assigned to each candidate, depending on a number of factors, including age, level of education, language proficiency, work experience, etc.

Please note that calculating your CRS points does not mean that you are eligible to one of the three programs of Express Entry. You will need to make sure you are eligible to one of the three programs before.

Note: Some/Parts of the information on this page is sourced from the resources of the Government of Canada and Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).In case of any feedback, comment, or inquiry, please, email us at: inquiry@aioimm.com