Express Entry Canada

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Piyush Kohli
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Updated on Feb 3, 2021 16:14 IST

Express Entry Canada

What is Express Entry Canada?

It is the fastest (online) way by which individuals and families across the world wishing to move to Canada can become new permanent residents within few months. Established as one of the most popular immigration systems globally, it was introduced in 2015 and since then it has become the main driver of economic immigration to Canada. It is managed by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), which handles applications received through Canada’s federal immigration programs.

How to apply for Canada Express Entry 2019?

First and foremost, the candidates need to get an Educational Credential Assessment (ECS) from a recognized monitoring authority like WES. Then, a candidate must select an occupation as per the (National Occupation Classification) and skill level like O, A, B etc. Then candidates submit their Express Entry Profile and ranked according to a points system. Candidates with highest rankings are then invited by the Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) to apply for permanent residency. Once applied, candidates’ PR applications are scored according to the program's point-based Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). Most of the applications received are processed within 6 months. Apart from this, candidates should also register with Job Bank through Job Match Account and search for work. This process enhances the chances of the candidate wishing to build a successful career in Canada.

The Express Entry points are based on the following parameters:

  • The education and qualification of the candidate
  • Proficiency in English language or French
  • The age of the candidate
  • The work experience and skills of the candidate
  • If a candidate has a job offer from an organization based in Canada
  • The spouse’s education, work experience, and English or French language proficiency

Also, if the candidate has completed his education in any Canadian college or university or has a provincial nomination then he is given additional points. 

Comprehensive Ranking System – Express Entry


With Spouse

Without Spouse




Level of Education/Qualification



Language proficiency



Work experience in Canada



Comprehensive Ranking System Criteria for Express Entry

Selection criteria for PR under Express Entry

  • In order to assess the eligibility of the immigrants, they need to create an online profile giving all their credentials.
  • Once the candidate’s profile is accepted in the program, the candidate’s profile is entered into a pool with other applicants where provincial nominee programs and potential employers can compare all the profiles.
  • If Canada PNP or any potential employer has selected a candidate from the Express Entry pool, then he/she is granted 600 CRS points for the enhanced provincial nomination or up to 200 points for the qualifying job offer. If an eligible employer or Canada PNP has selected a potential immigrant from the Express Entry pool, then he or she will earn 600 CRS points for the enhanced provincial nomination or up to 200 points for the qualifying job offer.
  • Then top candidates are selected from the official Expert Entry draws. After this, they get an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for Canadian residency as a skilled immigrant.

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Candidates are considered on the following categories under Express Entry:

  • Federal Skilled Worker
  • Canadian Experience Class 
  • Federal Skilled Trades

The Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSW): Canada has a shortage of people who are skilled in particular fields, the FSW program is designed for people who are skilled in their work, and therefore, they are selected to immigrate to Canada.

The Canadian Experience Class: This class is designed for people who have gained at least one year of full-time skilled work experience in Canada. After fulfilling the other criteria as well, one becomes eligible to apply under the Canada Express Entry.

The Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP): Those who have gained at least two years of full-time work experience in an eligible skilled trade can apply for PR under this program.

Express Entry Canada Provinces

  • British Columbia Express Entry
  • Alberta Express Entry
  • Saskatchewan Express Entry
  • Manitoba Express Entry
  • Ontario Express Entry
  • New Brunswick Express Entry
  • PEI Express Entry
  • Nova Scotia Express Entry
  • Newfoundland Express Entry

Potential employers based in Canada, provinces, and territories can also recruit immigrants directly from the Express Entry pool. Also, candidates who receive a potential job offer or awarded an enhanced provincial nomination are given a significant number of points which also boost their Express Entry score.

Getting an invitation to apply for PR in Canada

If a candidate is selected out of the pool through the Express Entry draw, then he or she is given an Initiation to Apply for Canada PR to submit his application within a time period of 90 days.

Canadian Immigration 2019

The Canadian government has decided to accept 300,000 permanent residents. Citizenship and Immigration Canada plans to approve 1,72,500 applicants under economic class immigration programs like Quebec Skilled Worker, Canada Express Entry, and different Canadian Provincial Nominee Programs.

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Piyush Kohli
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Suppose if my PR of 1 year (express entry PR) is coming to an end . then what should one do ?

Reply to Dushyant Kumar

, I'm a girl from a middle class family, my parents are not in favour of my study. They never wanted me to study. However, they couldn't stop me to achieve my goals. I'm not working but I'm looking for some opportunities of a scholarship exam for abroad studies.

Reply to Sonia Bhatia


Piyush KohliStudy Abroad Expert


Dear Sonia, you can check out the below link and see for which scholarship you are eligible:

Hello, there are many who have a lot of money to go abroad. But for it's just impossible despite of taking nice scores every year. There is no scholarship chances for the helpless girl like me. Who has a dream to do higher studies. I wish someone could help me through

Reply to Sonia Bhatia

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