What is an Express Entry system?

The Canada Express Entry system is an online immigration management system introduced by Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to facilitate the selection and processing of skilled worker applications for permanent residency in Canada. Launched in 2015, it streamlines the application process for three federal economic immigration programs:

  1. Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP)
  2. Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP)
  3. Canadian Experience Class (CEC)

Applicants interested in these programs create an online profile detailing their skills, work experience, education, language proficiency (English and/or French), and other relevant factors. Candidates are then assigned Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) scores based on these factors. Periodically, the highest-ranking candidates from the pool are invited to apply for permanent residency through Invitations to Apply (ITAs).

The Express Entry system aims to attract skilled workers who can contribute to Canada's economy and fill labor market gaps by selecting candidates based on their potential to successfully integrate into the Canadian workforce.

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To qualify for the Express Entry program, applicants must attain a minimum of 67 points out of 100. This program uses a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) to assess candidates vying to settle in Canada. Points are allocated based on various factors including skills, work experience, Canadian job offers, and provincial/territorial nominations. Higher scores increase the likelihood of receiving an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residency. Each Express Entry draw establishes a minimum cutoff score. Draws occur regularly, and candidates with CRS scores meeting or exceeding this cutoff score receive an ITA. In cases where multiple candidates share the cutoff score, priority is given to those who have been in the Express Entry pool longer.

  • Age: Individuals aged between 18 and 35 years can achieve the highest point score, while those outside this age range receive fewer points.
  • Education: The maximum point score is awarded to individuals between 18 and 35 years old, with fewer points allocated to those outside this age bracket.
  • Work Experience: Earning the minimum points requires a minimum of one year of work experience. Accumulating additional years of work experience results in gaining more points.
  • Language ability: To meet the minimum point threshold, a minimum IELTS score of 6, equivalent to CLB 7, is required for eligibility. Achieving higher scores leads to earning more points
  • Adaptability: You can earn ten points for adaptability if you have family or close relatives residing in Canada who can offer support upon your arrival. Additionally, points can be gained if your spouse or legal partner is prepared to relocate with you to Canada.
  • Arranged employment: Securing a valid job offer from a Canadian employer makes you eligible for ten points.
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Steps to apply for Express Entry Program

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Here are five key points to understand about Canada's Express Entry system.

Understanding Canada's Express Entry system involves grasping its points-based evaluation, the significance of the Comprehensive Ranking System, the three main immigration programs, the process of regular draws, and the system's overall efficiency in attracting skilled talent to contribute to Canada's economic growth.

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CRS Score:

Current Express Entry Draw's CRS Threshold – 486.

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Fees:

CAD 2300 per applicant; couples pay CAD 4,500

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Processing Time:

Estimated at 6 to 8 months for approval.

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Residency Duration:

Minimum residence of 5 years.

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Simplicity:

ITAs are granted to top-ranking candidates

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Canada
  • Education - Level of education
  • Language Skills - Language skills assessment
  • Age - Younger applicants are more favored
  • Work Experience - Full-time or part time work experience
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Australia
  • Education - Level of education
  • Language Skills - Language skills assessment
  • Age - Younger applicants are more favored
  • Work Experience - Full-time or part time work experience
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New Zealand
  • Education - Level of education
  • Language Skills - Language skills assessment
  • Age - Younger applicants are more favored
  • Work Experience - Full-time or part time work experience

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