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How Express Entry Works?

Express Entry is an application management system introduced in January 2014. It is used by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to manage and process applications received through the three federal economic immigration programs for skilled workers.  The 2020-2022 Canada Immigration Levels Plan, aims to issue over 90,000 PRs annually via the Express Entry program. 

Getting Started with Express Entry

Have you assessed your profile for the Express Entry program? Start off by evaluating your eligibility with our free assessment

The Express Entry uses the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) scoring system to assess, score your profile, and rank it in the Express Entry pool.

You score points for:

  • age
  • education
  • language ability
  • work experience
  • other factors

The Express Entry is an application management system for three major Canadian economic immigration programs:

  1. Federal Skilled Worker (FSW)
  2. Federal Skilled Trades (FST)
  3. Canadian Experience Class (CEC)

If you are eligible to apply to any of these programs, you can submit an Expression of Interest (EOI), often referred to as a profile, to the Express Entry system. Once your profile is submitted, you are automatically assigned a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score. Please note that your score can either increase as you earn more education credential or decrease as your age increase.

Approximately every two weeks, the Canadian government conducts a draw where they issue Invitations to Apply (ITAs) for Canadian permanent residence to the highest-ranking profiles in the pool of Express Entry candidates.

Upon receiving an ITA, candidates can then submit a complete application for Canadian permanent residence within 60 days for receipt of the ITA.

To determine if you are eligible, simply click on the button below. We will review it, send you your assessment results with recommendations within 24 hours.

Express Entry FAQ

Am I eligible for Express Entry?

To check your eligibility for Express Entry programs click the button above. You score points for age, education, work experience, language (English and or French), and other factors. You are competing against many others in the pools. So, you score more points for more degrees, more points for higher score in the language test. However, you lose five points for age every year from age 30. At age 45 you score zero for age. So, start early, start now.

If you do not meet the cut-off score, you can be ingenious and earn points by getting a job in Canada, start/buy a business or franchise in Canada (here you earn 200 more points), or look into other immigration programs like Provincial Nominee Programs or Study. We can take the burden off you by discussing your options with you – contact us today

How long does Express Entry take?

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) states that 75% of applications for PR applications submitted through Express Entry are processed within 6 – 8 months of receipt. This refers to the application submitted once an applicant receives an Invitation to Apply (ITA).

How much does Express Entry Cost?

Throughout the Express Entry process, there are a few layers of cost a candidate will incur.

  • Documentation: Application documents required include; language proficiency tests, educational credentials, police reports, medical exams, certified translations, etc. Obtaining these documents will incur a cost at the applicant’s expense.
  • Government Processing Fees: The Canadian government charges application fees in order to process permanent resident applications.

There are more fees to be incurred depending on the added program you may choose to boost your CRS score, for example; Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) or Owner-Operator LMIA. Also expect to pay consulting fees to the certified/licensed immigration consultant for their services.

What are my chances of Success through Express Entry?

A person’s chances of success in any of the Express Entry programs depends on their Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score. If meets the minimum CRS score cut-off for recent Express Entry draws, then they will likely be competitive in the Express Entry system. That said, it is impossible to predict how the CRS score will fluctuate in the future.

No honest lawyer or consultant can guarantee that a person will successfully receive permanent residence through the Express Entry system. The application process is complex, lengthy, constantly changing, and approval is at the discretion of IRCC.

How do I make my CRS score higher?

There are several options for increasing a person’s CRS score. You can be ingenious and earn points by getting a job in Canada, start/buy a business or franchise in Canada (here you earn 200 more points), or look into other immigration programs like Provincial Nominee Programs or Study. We can take the burden off you by discussing your options with you – contact us today

Can my family come with through Express Entry?

Express Entry programs allow applicants to apply individually or accompanied by their spouse or common-law partner and dependent children. Your spouse can help boost your CRS score when he/she apply with you as a secondary applicant.

What documents do I need for Express Entry?

The required documents vary depending on the program. Applicants should be prepared to provide valid travel documents, ideally a valid passport, as well as results from an approved language test for English or French. For more detailed document requirements please consult the individual program requirements.

  • Federal Skilled Worker (FSW)
  • Federal Skilled Trades (FST)
  • Canadian Experience Class (CEC)
Do I need to take the IELTS for Express Entry?

All Express Entry candidates must demonstrate proficiency in one of Canada’s official languages, either English or French. To do this, they must provide results from an approved language test taken within the previous two years. As successful applicants arrive Canada from all over the globe, the Canadian government wants to ensure that you can read, write, comprehend and converse in either English or French, hence the need for a language test.

Getting Started with Express Entry

Have you assessed your profile for the Express Entry program? Start off by checking your eligibility with our free assessment