How Express Entry Works

How Express Entry Works

The Express Entry System is a valuable aspect of Canadian skilled worker immigration since its introduction in 2015. The main aim of introducing the Express Entry System was to streamline the permanent residency applications. The unique system leverages a points system to invite eligible candidates by conducting regular Express Entry draws. Candidates have sufficient time to create and submit the application for permanent residency after receiving the Invitation to Apply. Professional immigration experts help aspiring immigrants create a perfect profile to improve the chances of receiving an Invitation to Apply.


Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) operate an efficient Application Management System, ‘Express Entry’, to manage the applications from skilled workers. The following are popular immigration programs that mandate Express Entry system:

  • Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP)
  • Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP)
  • Canadian Experience Class (CEC)

Specific Provincial Nominee Programs

The Express Entry is an online process requiring aspiring immigrants to create an Express Entry Profile. The federal government reviews the profiles to determine eligibility. The system accepts eligible candidates in the Express Entry Pool by assigning individual Ranks, as per the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS).

The Express Entry draws take place periodically to choose the highest-ranking profiles of the candidates. Education, age, work experience, and language skills are crucial factors deciding an individual’s points score.

Express Entry working

1. Checking minimum eligibility

International skilled workers who wish to accelerate their immigration through the Express Entry system must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Skilled work experience in Canada- Continuous and full-time work experience in a skilled occupation for a minimum period of 12 months in the past ten years
  • Education- Equivalent post-secondary level education as per the Canadian education standards
  • Language ability- Has a minimum CLB (Canadian Language Benchmark) of seven to demonstrate language proficiency in English or French.

These eligibility criteria can only help you enter the Express Entry pool and not the assurance to get an Invitation to Apply (ITA). The invitation depends upon the strength of your Express Entry Profile and the subsequent ranking among all participating profiles in the pool. Reliable immigration counselors can offer valuable guidance to improve your profile.

2. Create an Express Entry Profile

The online filling up of the Express Entry profile is a crucial step to enhance your chances of getting the Invitation to Apply. The process requires you to provide honest answers to the questions. You will not be submitting any pieces of evidence or supportive documents. You will need these at the stage of applying after receiving an ITA. Any wrong answer will affect your application if you cannot provide relevant evidence.

3. Get your Comprehensive Ranking System score

The Express Entry system will share the total points out of a maximum of 1200 CRS points.

4. Wait for the Invitation to Apply

You will receive an Invitation to Apply on your successful selection in the Express Entry Draw. The cut-off score can change for every draw as per the competition. You will get a chance to improve your score as the profile will remain in the pool for one year even if you do not receive an ITA.

5. Gather necessary documents 

You get sufficient time to collect all crucial documents to help you complete your permanent residency application. Make sure that you have all the following documents within 60 days from the receipt of the Invitation to Apply:

  • Valid passport
  • Results of the latest language tests
  • Proof of funds for supporting your living and other expenses in Canada
  • Police clearance certificates
  • Proof of educational credentials with certified transcripts
  • National Occupation Classification (NOC) that matches your skills
  • Valid job offer from the Canadian employer (if applicable)
  • The Proof of past work experience in the form of job letters from the previous employers
  • Provincial nomination (if applicable)

6. Completion and submission

Create an application with due care because any mistake can jeopardize the approval. Pay the necessary processing fees and apply.

CRS score is the most vital aspect of the Express Entry System as it can multiply your chances of receiving an Invitation to Apply. A provincial nomination can substantially improve the CRS score since it adds 600 points to the total score.

SunnySpire will guide you to improve your CRS scores by recommending practical solutions. We are also helping immigrants create Express Entry profiles and applications for a positive outcome. Get in touch with us now to accelerate your immigration to Canada.

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