What Is Express Entry

Express Entry is an online system that Canada Government use to manage applications for permanent residence from skilled workers based on their skills and ability to contribute to Canada’s economy.

Express Entry manages applications for three economic immigration programs:

Who Can Apply for Express Entry

Candidates must be eligible for one of the immigration programs in Express Entry to get into the pool. Candidates will get points based on the information in the profile, including skills and experience.

Bellow are all minimum requirements that candidates must qualify to open Express Entry profile:

Eligibility criteria Canadian Experience Class Federal Skilled Worker Program Federal Skilled Trades Program
Language skills English or French skills

  • CLB 7 if your NOC is 0 or A
  • CLB 5 if your NOC is B
English or French skills

  • CLB 7
English or French skills

  • CLB 5 for speaking and listening
  • CLB 4 for reading and writing
Type/Level of work experience Canadian experience in 1 of these NOCs: 0; A; B Canadian experience in 1 of these NOCs: 0; A; B Canadian or foreign experience in a skilled trade under key groups of NOC B
Amount of work experience One year in Canada in the last 3 years (either combination of full-time or part-time work) One year continuous within the last 10 years (combination of part-time, full-time or more than 1 job in your primary occupation) Two years within last 5 years (either combination of full-time or part-time work)
Job offer Not required.

Not required.

But you can get selection criteria (FSW) points for having a valid job offer.


Education Not required.

Secondary education required.

You can get more selection criteria (FSW) points for your post-secondary education.

Not required.

To be chosen from the pool and invited to apply, applicants need to have one of the highest-ranking scores when CIC sends out invitations. If candidates are invited, they can apply for permanent residence.

The Express Entry profile will be ranked due to a point-based system of CIC called The Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS)

  • The points candidates get from the CRS include a core set of points up to 600 and a set of additional points of up to 600. Total score will be out of 1,200.
  • Core: Up to 600 points
    • Skills and experience factors
    • Spouse or common-law partner factors, such as their language skills and education
    • Skills transferability, including education and work experience
  • Additional: Up to 600 points
    • A valid job offer
    • A nomination from a province or territory
    • A brother or sister living in Canada who is a citizen or permanent resident
    • Strong French language skills

 Candidates can use the CRS tool to estimate their CRS score.

How To Apply Express Entry

Step 1: Meet all requirements

Candidates need to meet all minimum requirements to verify their eligibility for Express Entry

Step 2: Create and submit Express Entry Profile

After meeting all requirements, candidates need to create their Express Entry profile and update all personal information and required forms.

Candidates have 60 days to complete 

Step 3: Apply for Permanent Resident

  • After submitting Express Entry profile candidates will wait for an Invitation from CIC.
  • After receiving Invitation from CIC candidates have 90 days to submit a complete application.

Note: Candidates can check the CRS reports at CIC website for reference.

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