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How express entry works

Updated: Apr 20, 2020

Express Entry is a program used by Immigration Canada to manage applications for permanent residence for three programs:

  • the Federal Skilled Worker Program

  • the Federal Skilled Trades Program, and

  • the Canadian Experience Class.

Express Entry can also be used for those applicants who were recruited through the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) to meet local demand for workers.


Creating an Express Entry Profile

In order to apply to immigrate through the Express Entry system, applicants must fill out an Express Entry profile. The Express Entry profile is used to determine if you are eligible to come to Canada as a skilled immigrant.


Before you fill out your profile, you should determine if you are eligible under one of the federal programs previously mentioned. In order to do this, you must take a language test such as the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB).

You may also get an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) if you were educated outside of Canada. You should also determine whether your work experience is valid by determining your National Occupation Classification (NOC).

Required Information

Some of the information you will be required to submit for your Express Entry profile includes your identity, language, contact information, education, work experience, and family you would like to come with you (i.e. dependents).

You will also need your passport, travel document, or another national identity document.


Your profile will then be placed in a pool with other candidates, whom you will be ranked against. If you are a top-ranked applicant, you will receive an invitation to apply (ITA) for permanent residency. As such, the higher your CRS score is, the more likely it is that you will be invited to apply.


Check your crs score

Try using the CRS calculator to see what your CRS score might be.

Submitting Your Application

There are various factors to consider when submitting your application for Express Entry. The first factor to keep in mind is the cost to submit your application. The application fee is $1,040. This covers the fee for processing the application ($550) and the right of permanent residence fee ($490). If you choose to include your spouse or partner, you must pay an additional $1,040. The cost for additional dependents (i.e. children) is $150 per child.

You should also consider the documents required to submit your application. Some documents you must include are a medical examination confirmation, police certificate, a copy of the biographical data page of your passport or travel document, and more.

Application Processing Time

Once you have completed your Express Entry profile and submitted your application, you must wait for your application to be processed. Processing times vary based on a number of factors. As such, you can check current processing times online using the processing time calculator. You can also check the status of your application online.


Our Services

Calver and Associates is a leading provider of Canadian Immigration services in Durham Region. We serve clients in Oshawa, Whitby, Ajax, and beyond. Our Registered Canadian Immigration Consultant has over 10 years of experience in Canadian Immigration law and over four years of experience serving those in the Oshawa area.

We can provide assistance with applications for both temporary and permanent residency in Canada. We handle applications for study permits, permanent residency, family class sponsorship, visitor visas, work permits, and Canadian citizenship. We also handle criminal inadmissibility cases by developing remedies for refusal.

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