Express Entry Eligibility

Express Entry Eligibility

Canada is the first country to adopt a screening method by assigning points to aspiring immigrants. The Express Entry system evaluates the eligible candidates by assessing their ability to gel with the Canadian job market and culture.

 Multiple attributes decide a candidate’s final ranking. 

These factors are:

  • Human capital factors
  • Language proficiency
  • Work skills
  • Education

Interestingly, the Express Entry System does not consider the candidate’s country of origin while evaluating the profile.


Newcomers to Canada prefer the option of Express Entry as it is the fastest way to become a Canadian permanent resident. The Express Entry system has drastically reduced the wait time to obtain permanent residency from six years to a mere six months.  

Candidates entering Canada via the Express Entry pathway can look forward to better job opportunities. Individuals immigrating through the Express Entry system possess vital attributes for better integration into the Canadian job market. Most eligibility requirements of Express Entry assess the candidate’s skill-sets necessary for the Canadian job market.  

Eligibility requirements

Broadly speaking, you are eligible to enter the Express Entry pool for selection if you are eligible for any of the following programs:

  • Federal Skilled Worker Program
  • Canadian Experience Class
  • Federal Trades Program

Additionally, you can enter the Express Entry pool if you possess a minimum of 12 months of work experience in a skilled occupation, moderate proficiency in the French or English language, and a college or university credential. These requirements are as follows:

  • Proof of language proficiency – An approved French or English language test result confirming Canadian Language Benchmark 7 
  • Education – Post-secondary education that is assessable against Educational Credential Assessment 
  • Work experience – A minimum of one year’s seamless work experience during the last ten years in the skilled occupation. Comparable 

Being eligible to score high points in the CRS

The Express Entry Selection System assigns points to each eligible profile through the Comprehensive Ranking System. The individual CRS scores rank profiles in the pool. The Express Entry draw selects the top ranking profiles for an Invitation to Apply for permanent residency.

Everything boils down to the strength of your Express Entry Profile compared with others. The Express Entry profile is the most crucial aspect to receive an Invitation to Apply through the Express Entry selection process. To be an ideal candidate with a respectable CRS score on the Express Entry system, you need to:

  • Be less than 30 years of age.
  • Have a minimum of two post-secondary credentials or a post-graduate credential
  • Should have a minimum of three years of skilled work experience
  • Proof of language ability in French and English

Although not mandatory, a valid job offer backed by a positive Labor Market Impact Assessment will boost your CRS score. A provincial nomination is also a great way to improve your CRS edge because it will enhance the score by a good margin of 600 points.

The Express Entry criterion for age is flexible. It is better to be in the younger age group of 20 to 29 years to score higher ranks. Individuals having education credentials from a Canadian institution can expect a higher ranking despite being older than 35 years.

Being eligible to enter the Express Entry pool and scoring high points in the CRS score are two aspects of achieving success in the Express Entry system to become a permanent resident in Canada.

We can provide expert assistance to create a sound Express Entry profile that facilitates higher CRS scores. SunnySpire has vast experience in improving the Express Entry profiles to brighten your chances of receiving the invitation to apply for permanent residency through the Express Entry system of Canada.

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