Express Entry

Express Entry is an online pooling system that was announced by the Canadian government in the year 2015 to cater for Canadian permanent residency applications from everyone using the same standards, no matter their language of origin, nationality or ethnicity. The motive is to attract skilled workers who can contribute to Canada’s economy and society.

Express Entry divides into three federal economic immigration program which are

  • Federal Skilled Worker,
  • Federal Skilled Trades, and
  • Canadian Experience Class.

These are not the only programs introduced for permanent residency. Provincial governments also select qualified applicants from the express entry pool through their respective Provincial Nominee Programs (PNP) to meet their local labour market shortages.

How does Express Entry work?

The first step before applying or filling out an express entry profile is to find out if you are eligible for the program. There will be questions such as your country of origin, language ability, background skills, work experience,   family members, income and net worth. It is essential that you are accurate and truthful, as your response will determine your eligibility and your chance to immigrate to Canada.

The second step is to get your documents ready. You may need documents such as passport or travel document, language test results to submit a profile as well as some other papers such as police certificate, medical exams proof of funds to apply for permanent residency.

Once you have gotten the above, the third step is your Express Entry profile where you will give the Canadian Immigration information about yourself. If you’re eligible, you will be accepted you into their pool of candidates.

You’ll be ranked in the Express Entry pool using a points-based system called the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). The score you get is based on the information in your profile.

The Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) under the express entry, positions applicants in the pool given their skills, job offer, provincial nomination, an individual profile and dialect abilities. The candidate with the highest ranked number of points is then invited to apply (ITA) for permanent residency. The points cut-off will be carried out by a CRS draw conducted by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) every two weeks. An express entry applicant has the opportunity stay in the pool for a year; if they are not issued an ITA within 12 months, they will be expected to create a new profile and enter the pool again.

Once an ITA is issued, you have 90 days to submit your complete application for permanent residency which includes uploading of all supporting documents. It was discovered that an estimate of 80 percent of applications is processed by IRCC within six months or less.

More information can be gotten from the CIC website