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How to be invited to apply for Permanent Residency to Canada through Express Entry

Compare your age, education, qualifications, English proficiency, work experience and marital status to an applicant who could be issued an invitation to apply for permanent residency.

Crispin ArandaOriginally posted on March 27, 2018; updated March 27, 2018

How to be invited to apply for Permanent Residency to Canada through Express Entry

Attention! - 10 point drop from the latest selection, March 27, 2018!

Using the online prequalification points system of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), the following results would show whether an applicant (21-29 age range) with a spouse or common law partner (who has the same qualification and language proficiency results as the principal applicant, ma be issued an Invitation to Apply (ITA), based on the current Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) criteria.

Take note that in the last two draws (which came within a two-week period) the CRS threshold point was 456 (March 26) and 446 (for the March 14, 2018 draw).

Online prequalification notes and result

All Express Entry candidates get a score out of 1,200, based on the four parts of the Comprehensive Ranking System formula.

Candidates with the highest-ranking candidates from the pool are invited to apply as a permanent resident through regular “rounds of invitations.”

For this sample, the principal applicant is 29 years old, has a common-law-partner; both have a Bachelor’s degree or the Canadian equivalent; similar IELTS scores and the principal applicant had completed a full 1-year academic course.

What was not included here is the possibility that since the Common Law partner is authorized to work for the duration of the principal applicant’s course of study, he or she could have a one-year full time

Canadian experience (which would provide additional points).

As this example shows, this Express Entry applicant would have been issued an Invitation to Apply as a permanent resident for either the March 26 or March 14 draw.

Core/Human capital factors

•          Age of principal applicant, 29 = 100

•          Level of education (Bachelor’s degree or Canadian equivalent) = 112

•          Study in Canada  (1-2 year diploma/certificate) = 15

•          Official Languages English, IELTS Scores- Speaking, 7.0; Reading, 7.0-7.5; Writing, 7.0, Listening, 8.0 for a total of = 116

o          First Official Language = 116

o          Second Official Language = 0

•          Canadian work experience = 0

Subtotal - Core/Human capital factors = 328

Spouse factors

•          Level of education = 8

•          First Official Languages = 18

•          Canadian work experience = 0

Subtotal - Spouse factors = 26

Skill transferability factors


•          A) Official Language proficiency and education = 25

•          B) Canadian work experience and education = 0

Subtotal = 25

Foreign work experience

•          A) Official Language proficiency and foreign work experience = 25

•          B) Canadian and foreign work experience = 0

Subtotal = 25

Certificate of qualification = 0

Subtotal Skill transferability factors = 50

Comprehensive Ranking System formula

Subtotal Core/Human capital + Spouse factors + Skill transferability = 404

Provincial nomination = 0

Job offer = 50

Study in Canada = 15

Sibling in Canada = 0

French-language skills = 0

Subtotal Additional points = 65

Grand total = 469


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Crispin Aranda

Crispin Aranda

Crispin R. Aranda is an established International Visa Conselor and Immigrant Advocate. He is the president of IVC and is in several migration radio programs.

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