Express Entry

All the information you need to know about how to immigrate to Canada through Express Entry, how it works, the process and the requirements of this program.


What is Express Entry?

This program is an online system that accepts immigration applications from skilled workers for Canadian immigration.

What is the procedure?

Step 1: You need to find out if you’re eligible and then get your documents ready.

Step 2: Open a profile and fill it out to to provide information about yourself.

Step 3: If you’re eligible, you will be accepted into the pool of candidates.

Step 4: In the pool of candidates, you will be given a score using the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS).

Step 5: In the pool, if you have a score above the minimum points score, you will be invited to apply for permanent residence during your round of invitations.

Note that invitations are sent to the candidates with the highest scores every two weeks.

Step 5: If you are invited to apply, you’ll have 60 days to submit your application.

Most complete applications that have all required documents will be processed within 6 months.

What are different categories of Express Entry?

There are 3 immigration programs under Express Entry:

Federal Skilled Worker program

Canadian Experience Class

Federal Skilled Trades Program

How do I submit my profile?

If you want to apply through Express Entry to immigrate to Canada, you should first submit your profile by filling out the online form.

If you are eligible, a link to your online account will be sent to you by the tool.

You can then fill out an Express Entry profile.

Am I eligible?

There are certain minimum requirements for each of the Express Entry categories:

Federal Skilled Worker

Based on how well you are in each of the 6 following factors, you will be assigned an overall score out of 100. The pass mark is currently: 67 points.

FactorsMax. point
Language28
Education25
Work experience15
Age12
Arranged employment10
Adaptability10
Max. Total100
To be eligible as a skilled worker, you need to assign a minimum score of 67.

Below, you can see the details of how you may get scores in each factor:

Language skills: max. 28 points

CLBPoints
9 or higher24
820
716
Below 7Not eligible
First official language
CLBPoints
5 or higher: all abilities4
4 or less: any ability0
Second official language

Education: max. 25 points

Work experience: max. 15 points

Age: max. 12 points

Arranged employment in Canada: max 10 points

Adaptability: max. 10 points

Canadian Experience Class

You must meet all the minimum requirements for these items:

Canadian skilled work experience

Language ability

Federal Skilled Trades Program

You must meet all the minimum requirements for these items:

Skilled trades work experience

Job offer or certificate of qualification

Language ability

What is PNP through Express Entry?

If you are eligible to apply via any of the Express Entry programs, you have the option to also apply for the Provincial Nominee Program. If the province or territory, that you apply for, nominates you, you will get extra points for your Express Entry profile and you will be invited to apply quickly.

What documents do I need?

You may not be asked to provide or upload all these documents when you open a profile, but information from some or all of these documents may be needed:

A passport or travel document

Language test results

Provincial nominations (if applicable)

Written job offer from an employer in Canada (if you have one)

Proof of work experience

Certificate of work experience

Certificate of qualification in a trade occupation issued by a Canadian province or territory (if applicable)

Proof of funds

Police certificates (if you are invited to apply)

Other supporting documents IF you have declared certain conditions or status such as dependent children, married, etc.

How can I apply if I am invited?

The invitation is valid for 60 days.

If you are invited to apply for permanent residence, a link will be sent to you to apply under Express Entry.

Submit all the required documents and answer the questions completely and accurately.

You can save your information and return to continue as often as you want during the 60-day period.

What are the fees?

Increased and updated fees from April 30, 2022:

Main applicant: CAN $1,365

Spouse: CAN $1,365

An independent child: CAN $230

What happens after my application is approved?

If your application for Canadian permanent residence is approved, you will receive mail that includes:

Confirmation of permanent residence (COPR)

A permanent resident (PR) visa

Your COPR has information about you and your photograph.

You are advised to check your COPR to make sure your information is correct.