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All you need to know about Express Entry

All you need to know about Canadian Express Entry

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Express Entry

Express Entry stands out as a highly favoured route for those eyeing Canadian immigration. Its widespread appeal owes much to its user-friendly process and swift outcomes. This system serves as an attractive pathway, especially for skilled professionals seeking permanent residency in Canada. Let's take a closer look at what Express Entry Canada entails.

What is Express Entry?

Express Entry represents an electronic platform introduced in 2015 to streamline applications from skilled individuals aspiring to secure permanent residency in Canada. When an interested candidate establishes their online profile, the federal authorities assess whether they meet the criteria for Express Entry programs.

Successful candidates are admitted into the Express Entry pool and ranked using the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). CRS operates on a points-based system adopted by the government to evaluate and prioritize candidates within the Express Entry pool.

The scoring in Express Entry Canada is determined by various factors such as age, education, work experience, language proficiency, and other pertinent criteria. Roughly every two weeks, the Canadian authorities select candidates with the highest CRS scores from the Express Entry pool and extend an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residency in Canada.

Types of Express Entry Programs

In the realm of Canadian immigration, Express Entry encompasses various programs tailored to the diverse expertise levels of professionals. These programs, also known as economic immigration pathways, play a crucial role in attracting skilled individuals who contribute to Canada's economic growth. Let's explore the four main programs within Express Entry:

1. Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP)

The FSWP targets skilled workers from around the world who possess the qualifications and experience to meet Canada's labor market needs. This program evaluates candidates based on factors such as education, work experience, language proficiency, and adaptability.

2. Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP)

Designed for skilled tradespeople with experience in specific occupations, the FSTP facilitates the immigration of individuals who can fill shortages in Canada's skilled trades sector. Eligible occupations include industrial, electrical, construction, and maintenance trades.

3. Canadian Experience Class (CEC)

The CEC caters to individuals with previous work experience in Canada, such as international students or temporary foreign workers. This program acknowledges the valuable contributions of individuals who have already established themselves within the Canadian labour market.

4. Provincial Nominee Program (PNP)

The PNP allows Canadian provinces and territories to nominate individuals who meet their specific labour market needs and economic priorities for permanent residency. Each province or territory operates its own PNP stream, tailored to its unique requirements and industries.

These programs vary in their application prerequisites, focusing on language proficiency, eligible occupations, and work experience. Understanding the distinctions between them is essential for prospective immigrants navigating the Express Entry system. Stay tuned for in-depth articles on each program, available on our website.

Calculate Your Canada Express Entry Points Online

On the official website of Canada's immigration authority, there's a handy tool for estimating your Express Entry points. Just enter your details into the tool to get an idea of your score. Click the "Calculate Canada Express Entry Points" link to access the tool. 

Recent Express Entry Invitations

Date: April 11, 2024

Immigration Program: Occupations in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics

Invitations Issued: 4,500

Minimum CRS Score: 491

Date: April 23, 2024

Immigration Program: All Programs (General)

Invitations Issued: 2,095

Minimum CRS Score: 529

Date: April 24, 2024

Immigration Program: French Speakers

Invitations Issued: 1,400

Minimum CRS Score: 410

Recent Updates on Canada's Express Entry

Starting from early summer 2023, targeted draws within the Express Entry system have prioritized individuals fluent in French or with work experience in specific sectors. These sectors include health, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, as well as technical occupations like carpentry, plumbing, contracting, transportation, and agriculture and food industries.

Our advice:  is to pay more attention to improving proficiency in the French language. Recently, French proficiency has become advantageous for many applicants as it often requires a lower CRS score. This is especially beneficial for those with lower scores due to factors such as age or other deficiencies. We highly recommend focusing on French language skills to enhance your chances of success in the Express Entry system.

Understanding the Requirements of Canada's Express Entry

Planning to immigrate to Canada via Express Entry? You need to fulfill certain conditions and requirements. The FSWP, FSTP, and CEC programs each have their own specific criteria, while additional criteria for the PNP program vary by province. To determine your eligibility for Express Entry, visit the Government of Canada's website and complete a short questionnaire covering aspects such as age, language skills, work history, education, family details, adaptability, and employment offers or nominations. Link to the Government of Canada’s website: 

After completing the questionnaire, you will be directed to the following page where you will find further instructions to proceed. Please follow the steps outlined on that page accordingly.

All the Steps of Canadian Express Entry

Our Advice: In the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS), the tie-break rule determines ranking. Applicants are prioritized based on when they entered the Express Entry pool. This means profiles that have been in the pool longer get preference if they have the same CRS score.

Once you've set up your profile, it's a waiting game to see if you're chosen. Every year, Canada picks those with the highest scores from the pool of profiles. This process might take over six months. During this time, you can focus on boosting your score and updating your profile. For instance, you can retake language tests for better scores or try to secure a job offer from a Canadian employer if you haven't already.

Tips to Boost Your Express Entry Canada Points

Understanding the Express Entry scoring system is key to realizing your dream of permanent residency in Canada. Take these steps to increase your Express Entry Canada points and improve your chances of success:

-        Improve your language test results.

-        Gain more work experience.

-        Enhance your educational qualifications.

-        Apply separately if both you and your spouse are strong candidates, then register each other as accompanying partners.

-        Secure a job offer from a Canadian employer.

-        Consider applying for a Canadian provincial program.

-        Explore opportunities to work or study in Canada.

Invitation Process

If your Express Entry profile has a high score, Canada may invite you to apply for permanent residency. Additionally, a Canadian province you've applied to may also extend an invitation for their Provincial Nominee Program (PNP).

When you receive an invitation, you must accept it to proceed with your permanent residency application. If the program you're invited to be your first choice, you have the option to decline it. However, declining means you'll need to reapply, submit your profile again, and await another invitation.

Couples applying together receive fewer points compared to single applicants. However, the points deducted for being married can be offset by the points earned by the spouse. For example, if the spouse has language proficiency or educational qualifications, these points can balance out the deduction.

Our Advice: For those intending to marry, we recommend that the primary applicant initiates an Express Entry profile. After receiving an invitation and submitting the necessary documents, they can proceed with the marriage and add their spouse to the file within the 60-day period allotted for document preparation and submission. This ensures that they can benefit from adding their spouse without losing any points, albeit it might slightly extend the file review process.

Gathering Necessary Documents

To complete your process, you'll need to collect and send several important documents. These include:


-        Personal identification documents (like ID card, photo, national card, marriage certificate, discharge or exemption card, etc.)

-        ECA report (validates educational credentials for immigration to Canada)

-        Letter of job offer from a Canadian employer (if applicable)

-        Valid documentation of work experience in Canada

-        English or French language proficiency certificate

-        Certificate of good conduct

-        Financial capability certificate

-        Educational certificates

-        Valid passport

-        Medical assessment

Understanding the Costs of Express Entry: Fees Breakdown and Payment Process

The cost of applying through Express Entry varies depending on several factors. Here's a breakdown of the expenses involved:

Before Submitting Your Profile:

- Language Test Fee (English or French)

- Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) Report Fee

- Translation Costs for Documents

- Medical Examination Fees

- Police Clearance Certificate Fee

- Financial Proof Certification Fee

Additionally, you'll need to provide proof of funds, the amount of which varies based on the number of family members.

After Receiving an Invitation to Apply (ITA):

After receiving an Invitation to Apply (ITA), you'll need to pay additional fees

It's important to note that these fees are subject to change and may vary based on individual circumstances. Additionally, some applicants may be exempt from certain fees. Always refer to the official immigration website or consult with an authorized immigration consultant for the most accurate and up-to-date information.

the process of Canadian Express Entry


Document Verification and Beyond

1. Review of Eligibility:

During the document verification phase, all your submitted documents are thoroughly reviewed to ensure they meet the program requirements. This includes financial proof, work experience letters, job offers, and visa history. If any documents are incomplete, you may be asked to provide additional information.

2. Review of Medical Results:

After a few months, you'll undergo a medical examination to confirm your health status.

3. Review of additional Documents:

In some cases, the immigration officer may request more documents for further review.


4. Biometrics:

You'll receive a letter instructing you to provide biometric data if required by Canadian regulations. This involves visiting designated offices in other countries.

5. Background Check:

The background check involves assessing your criminal record, security status, and information sharing. It's conducted by various Canadian agencies and typically takes 1 to 2 months but could be longer in certain cases.

6- Final Decision: 

Finally, upon approval of your application, you'll receive the Confirmation of Permanent Residence (COPR). At this point, you'll also receive a Passport Request (PPR) message, instructing you to send your passport to the nearest Canadian visa office for visa issuance. Alternatively, you can utilize Canada visa pickup services for added convenience.

A case manager in SEP Immigration


In conclusion, Canada's Express Entry program offers a streamlined pathway to permanent residency for skilled individuals. With its efficient ranking system and swift processing times, it remains a popular choice for those seeking to immigrate to Canada. If you meet the eligibility criteria and can obtain a high score, you may find yourself on the fast track to realizing your Canadian dream.

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