Express Entry – FAQ

Express Entry – FAQ

Express Entry – FAQ

The Express Entry System manages applications of aspiring skilled workers under relevant immigration programs. It implements a unique Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) to rank the aspiring candidates. The system evaluates the following factors:

  • Age
  • Education
  • Work experience
  • Skills
  • Language proficiency

The CRS ranks candidates after they submit their profiles to the Express Entry pool and sends Invitation to Apply to candidates who rank above the cut-off point. The government of Canada regularly arranges Express Entry draws to accelerate the immigration of qualifying candidates.

The Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) of the Express Entry evaluates the profile of each candidate in the pool. The CRS awards a maximum of 1200 points. A maximum of 500 points are as per qualifying parameters of the Core Human Capital Factors. Additionally, a maximum of 100 points are for Skill Transferability.

It makes a maximum of 600 points for the core CRS score. The candidate can further improve the CRS score with a provincial nomination, a sibling being a permanent resident or citizen, and French language proficiency. These factors are not mandatory for entering the Express Entry pool. Having a provincial nomination increases the CRS score by 600 points.

The Express Entry System allows improvement of the CRS score even after entering the pool. Candidates can leverage this dynamic nature of the Express Entry System by exploring vital opportunities as follows:

  • Attempt to improve language ability scores
  • Securing additional educational credentials
  • Obtaining a valid job offer with LMIA approval 
  • Securing a provincial nomination 

You can get maximum points for the age factor if your age is between 20 and 29 years. The maximum an individual candidate can score for the age factor is 110 (100 if accompanied by a spouse or a co-applicant). The Comprehensive Ranking System rewards no points to candidates above 45 years. These candidates can still enter the Express Entry pool under other factors.

The Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) aims at determining the Canadian equivalent of foreign education. Candidates with Canadian education credentials need no ECA while entering the Express Entry system. One does not require an ECA for submitting the Express Entry profile under the Canadian Experience Class and the Federal Trades Class. ECA is mandatory for principal applicants under the Federal Skilled Worker Program. It is better to have an ECA for your foreign education to improve your CRS scores.

The following organizations have the authority to issue the Educational Credential Assessment:

  • World Education Services
  • International Credential Evaluation Service
  • International Credential Assessment Service of Canada
  • International Qualifications Assessment Service
  • Comparative Education Service: University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies

Candidates having educational credentials of a specialist or a physician (NOC 3111 and NOC 3112) should procure an ECA from the Medical Council of Canada.

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