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Express Entry

EXPRESS ENTRY - Program Overview

Before you compare programs, here are 2 terms you need to know:

Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB)

The CLB is the Canadian standard used to describe, measure, and recognize English language ability of adult immigrants and prospective immigrants who plan to live and work in Canada, or apply for citizenship.

There are 4 language ability tests: Writing, Reading, Listening, Speaking

National Occupation Classification (NOC) code

The NOC is a list of all the occupations in the Canadian labor market. It describes each job according to skill type and skill level. For immigration purposes, these are the main job groups:

  • TIER 1 : Management jobs
  • TIER 2 : Professional jobs that usually call for a degree from a university.
  • TIER 3 : Technical jobs and skilled trades that usually call for a college diploma or training as an apprentice.
  • TIER 4 : Intermediate jobs that usually call for high school and/or job-specific training.
  • TIER 5 : Labour jobs that usually give on-the-job training.

What is Express Entry?

Express Entry (EE) is an online immigration application system. It allows people to submit a profile and be considered as a skilled immigrant. Candidates with the highest rankings are invited to apply for permanent residency.
  • If you fill out a profile for Express Entry, your application will be ranked according to a points system.
  • If you are highly ranked, you will be invited to apply for permanent residence as a skilled immigrant.
  • Once you have applied, your PR application will then be processed within the next 6 months.

Which Immigration Programs Does EE Cover?

You must use Express Entry to apply for:

  • The Skilled Worker Program
  • The Skilled Trades Program
  • The Canadian Experience Class

How are EE profile points determined?

Your Express Entry profile will get points based on:

  • Your education levels.
  • Your abilities in English and/or French (Canada's 2 official languages);
  • Your work experience and skills.
  • Your age.
  • If you have a job offer in Canada; and
  • Your spouse's education, language abilities and work experience.

Additional points are also awarded if you have completed a college or university program in Canada or if you have a provincial nomination.

How Does EE Choose People for PR?

  1. Once you submit a profile, your profile will be entered into a pool(group) of all the people who have currently applied for Express Entry.
  2. You will then be ranked against other people in the pool. Your ranking is based on the number of points you have.
  3. If you are at the top of the rankings, your profile will be drawn(selected) from the list of applications. You will then get an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residence as a skilled immigrant.

NOTE: Proof of funds is how you show you have enough money to settle in Canada. If you are invited to apply, you must give written proof that you have this money. 

Express Entry : How it Works

Submit profile in Pool of Candidates (if eligible)

Express Entry profile is where you submit your information on the basis of your eligibility for

FSW: Federal Skilled Worker
FST: Federal Skilled Trades
CEC: Canadian Experience Class

Based on:
CRS scores
Work Experience
NOC code etc.
If you’re eligible, you will be accepted into the pool of Express Entry Candidates.

Client Receives ITA (Invitation to Apply)

You will receive an invitation to apply(ITA) based on the Express Entry Federal Draw and your eligibility in STEP ONE.

You will have 90 days to submit your application for permanent residence.

At this stage you should start gathering your documents for submission as per the checklist.

Document Submission & Payment of Fees

Submit all your relevant forms and documents online as per the guidelines provided by the IRCC.

After submission of documents you will be prompted to pay the Fees.

COPR (Confirmation of Permanent Residence)

If your application is approved, You will get:

Confirmation of Permanent Residence (COPR) a permanent resident visa (if you’re from a country that requires a visa)

Your COPR will have information about who you are, as well as your photograph.

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