Canadian Express Entry Program is the quickest pathway to permanent residence for immigrants considering moving to Canada.
Update: If you have submitted your Express Entry Profile, however have not been sent and received an invitation to apply (ITA), you must perform the following steps:
• search for your specific occupation under the NOC 2021 list on the ESDC website
• update your profile with your TEER Category and 5-digit occupation code
If you have received an ITA before November 16, 2022, you must submit your application for permanent residence using NOC 2016.
Express Entry is an online system used by the Canadian authorities to organize and process applications for foreign skilled workers who wish to immigrate to Canada and acquire Canadian permanent residence status and citizenship. The system manages three main federal economic programs:
Express Entry application consists of 2 steps:
1. Submission of your EE profile which requires the following documents:
Language test results
A passport or travel document
2. If approved, you will receive an invitation to apply for Canadian permanent residence and you will be required to provide reference letters, additional identity documents, police clearance certificates, and medical examination results.
Who is eligible for Express Entry?
Individuals with university or college degrees, skilled work experience and moderate proficiency in English and/or French are ideal Express Entry candidates.
What are the requirements for Canadian Express Entry?
General requirements are that in order to be eligible to apply to Express Entry as a skilled worker, you must:
Have at least one year, in the last 10 years of continuous full-time (or equivalent part-time) work experience in a skilled occupation
Be able to demonstrate on an approved language test a minimum of Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) in either English or French
Completed post-secondary education that is assessed against Canadian standards with an Education Credential Assessment
These are the minimum requirements to apply to Canada’s Express Entry system as a skilled worker. Meeting these requirements doesn’t mean you will receive an invitation to apply for Canadian permanent residence. Candidates with stronger profiles will always be selected over candidates that simply meet the minimum requirement.
You should also be aware that unless you are applying under the Canadian Experience Class program or have a valid arranged employment offer, you will need to demonstrate you have sufficient funds to support your resettlement in Canada. These settlement funds are not fees paid to the government but you must have access to them to be approved for a permanent residence visa. The current amounts as of November 2022 per family size are mentioned in the table below. Please note that the amounts subject to change.
Number of Family Members Funds Required
For each additional family member $3,586
Clients often inquire whether they need a job offer for Express Entry.
The answer is No. You do not require a job offer for Express Entry for Canadian Experience Class and Federal Skilled Worker Program. However, it is required for Federal Skilled Trades Program Class.
How long does Express Entry processing take?
Your Express Entry profile will remain active in the pool of candidates for 12 months if you do not receive an invitation to apply. If after 12 months you have not received an invitation, you are welcome to resubmit your profile and remain in the pool.
Your profile will remain valid for 12 months in the Express Entry pool
Upon issuance of the ITA, you will have 60 days to provide the requested full application of documents
Once the immigration authorities receive your complete PR visa application, IRCC may process your application in about six months
Express Entry points are calculated using a series of factors, including:
Level of education
Proficiency in French or English
Foreign and Canadian work experience
Connections to Canada
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