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Express Entry

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Express Entry will manage applications for permanent residence under these federal economic immigration programs:


  • The Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSW),

  • The Federal Skilled Trades Program (FST), and

  • The Canadian Experience Class (CEC).

  • Provinces and territories can also recruit candidates from the Express Entry Pool through the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP)

Two steps to the express entry system


Potential candidates complete an online Express Entry profile. Those who meet the criteria of one of the federal immigration programs listed above will be accepted into a pool of candidates.

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The highest-ranking candidates in the pool will be invited to apply for permanent residence. Candidates will be ranked against others in the pool using a point-based system called the Comprehensive Ranking System. Points are awarded using the information in their profile. Candidates with the highest scores in the pool will be issued an Invitation to Apply.

Candidates will be awarded points based on Age, Education, Work Experience, Family Relationship in Canada and Language Ability.


If you are invited to apply, you will have 90 days to submit an application for permanent residence.


Citizenship and Immigration Canada will process the majority of complete applications (meaning those with all the necessary supporting documents) in six months or less, but we are expecting some changes because of the COVID-19.

There will be 15 to 25 draws every year when Immigration Canada selects applicants to be given an Invitation to Apply (ITA). Candidates can stay in the pool for up to 12 months. If they do not get an Invitation to Apply for permanent residence within 12 months of submitting an Express Entry profile, they may submit a new profile. If they still meet the criteria, they can re-enter the pool. This will prevent backlogs and ensure quick processing times.


Before you can file an on-line Express Entry profile, you must have the necessary requirements such as: A valid result of a language competency test (Ex. IELTS) and an assessment of your education credentials by a Canadian organization

(Ex. WES).

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