Express Entry to Canada: Requirements
Express Entry is a program used by Immigration Canada to manage applications for permanent residence for a number of different programs, including 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).
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. For a step-by-step instructions and a full list of the information required in your Express Entry profile, click here.
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.
Curious about how many points your profile would have?
Try using the CRS calculator to see the cut-off score.
How many points do you need to immigrate to Canada?
You must score a minimum of 67 points out of 100 in order to qualify to immigrate to Canada as a federal skilled worker.
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. Please click here for a full document checklist.
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 by clicking here. You can also check the status of your application by clicking here.
Express Entry Draws
The government of Canada ranks candidates in the pool using a points-based system called the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). They regularly select the highest-ranking candidates from the pool and invite them to apply for permanent resident status in an Express Entry Draw. These draws typically take place every two to three weeks.
Check back on the Calver and Associates blog regularly to see our summary posts of the Express Entry results!
At Calver and Associates, we strive to help you overcome any obstacles to the immigration process. To find out how we can help you, contact us.