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Canada Express Entry: An Overview

The Express Entry is an integrated, online management system for processing applications of skilled workers for Canadian permanent residence.

Canada Express Entry: An Overview

To be included in the pool of candidates for Canadian permanent residence, you must qualify first for at least one of the federal immigration programs. These are the Federal Skilled Worker (FSW), Federal Skilled Trades (FST), and Canadian Experience Class (CEC).

Using a points-based system called the Comprehensive Ranking System (or CRS), the Express Entry assigns migration points to each profile in the pool. The maximum points anyone can get is 1,200.

Check the latest CRS Cut-Off

The basis for points.

The CRS component is based on the following factors:

  • Your age at the time of an application
  • Education in and outside Canada
  • Work experience in and outside Canada
  • Language proficiency in the official languages of Canada.

Your spouse or common-law partner may also contribute points to the application based on:

  • Education
  • Official language proficiency
  • Canadian work experience.

You may also acquire additional points if you:

  • Have a sibling who is a Canadian citizen or permanent resident
  • Completed post-secondary education in Canada
  • Received a genuine offer of arranged employment
  • Are being nominated by a province or territory.

Read the latest Proof of Funds Requirement for Canada Skilled Immigrant Applicants

Filing an Application.

Once you apply to the system, regardless of the immigration program, Express Entry will automatically assign points to your profile, and rank it against those of other applicants already in the system.

Only those who score highest are invited to apply for permanent residence.

If there is more than one candidate who reached the lowest score of the cut-off, the Express Entry system will create a tie-breaker, based on the date and time an applicant submits an Express Entry profile. Therefore, apply as soon as you've completed the requirements!

As soon as the system accepts your application, you will receive an email directing you to open an account with Job Bank. Doing so will provide potential employers with an opportunity to look for qualified employees.

If you are invited to apply, you will have to submit a completed Application for Permanent Residence within sixty (60) days. You may qualify for the permanent visa once you:

  • Pass background checks
  • Meet health and character requirements
  • Comply with the necessary visa requirement
  • Prove yourself admissible.


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