As an overview, Express Entry (EE) is an electronic online application system to mange the intake of skilled worker applications. Eligible candidates submit a profile into Express Entry pool. The highest ranking candidates are then invited to apply for permanent residence for the following classes:
- Federal Skilled worker class (FSWC);
- Federal Skilled trades Class (FSTC);
- Canadian Experience class (CEC); and
- A portion of the provincial nominee Class (PNP).
You can not apply directly to the above programs. However, you must meet the eligibility criteria of one of the categories above in order to become a candidate for Express Entry. Foreign nationals must receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) from IRCC before they may apply to the above programs. IRCC aims to process 80% of complete Express Entry applications in six months or less.
Express Entry Process
Applicants submit an online profile to the Express Entry Pool. Once a profile is uploaded, applicants are ranked under various factors to determine their score under the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). IRCC conducts regular monthly draws and picks the highest ranking candidates from the pool. Profiles will remain in the pool for up to 12-months as long as they continue to meet the eligibility criteria.
What happens when you are in the Express Entry Pool
Canadian employers and provincial governments across Canada access the best candidates. The Federal Government then invites the candidates to apply for Canadian permanent residence under one or more of the three federal immigration programs managed through Express Entry. Once an invitation has been issued, the applicant will have 60 days to submit a complete application to IRCC which aim to process completed applications within 6 months.
Your language and Work Experience requirements
In addition, before creating an Express Entry profile, candidates must
- take a designated language test; you need to score minimum band 6 in IELTS General module for all four abilities;
- have their educational credentials assessed by a designated organization against Canadian standards (if educated outside of Canada); and
- find out whether their work experience falls within a qualifying skill type as per the Government of Canada’s job classification system National Occupational Classification (NOC Codes).
Please fill out our online assessment form to determine your eligibility for Express Entry.