The Express Entry Process For Indians Immigrating To Canada Explained

The Express Entry Process For Indians Immigrating To Canada Explained

Canada’s Express Entry Immigration System is one of the most popular immigration gateways among Indians. It is observed that Indians get the highest number of Invitations to Apply or ITAs from the Canadian authorities. 

Express Entry is a simple way of immigrating to Canada with your spouse/partner and children. If you are planning to live and work in Canada, this stream can help you achieve your goal. However, you must make sure you complete every step of the process properly.

You must understand that Express Entry is not an immigration program by itself. It is an immigration pathway for managing applicants through three different immigration programs. These are:

  • Federal Skilled Worker (FSW) Program
  • Canadian Experience Class (CEC) 
  • Federal Skilled Trades (FST) Program

The FSW program is designed exclusively for skilled workers living outside Canada. As an Indian applicant, your best choice is the FSW program if you have never visited/worked in Canada. There are a few requirements you must meet to qualify. The Express Entry program is a points-based system and extremely competitive, so you cannot succeed with basic qualifying points. It is important to score big to succeed and get to the next stage.

The basic requirements are:

  • A minimum of one year of continuous full-time skilled work experience (or equivalent amount in part-time work).
  • High school and above qualification.
  • A Canadian Language Benchmark score of Level 7 in English or French.
  • A score of 67 points or higher on the FSW points grid.

An Express Entry draw is held every two weeks by the Canadian government. Applicants receive ITAs if their pool score is above a specific number. 

Language Tests

Most Indians prefer to show their proficiency in English in the mandatory language test. If you are proficient in both, you can earn bonus points. The two approved language tests are

  • The IELTS General Training
  • The CELPIP General Training

Both these tests are conducted in India in various locations through the IELTS.


Education contributes a major chunk to the overall CRS score. High school education is the minimum for Express Entry, but a college or university level education is necessary to improve your chances of approval. Aim for multiple certificates, degrees, or diplomas. It will help you unlock points under the Skill Transferability Factors of the CRS score.

The CRS points awarded for your education are based on the Canadian equivalency of that level of education. Your Indian degree or diploma may be valued at a higher or lesser level of Canadian equivalent. Don’t make the mistake of making any predictions in this regard. It can make a serious impact on your CRS score and your immigration efforts.


If you are planning to immigrate to Canada when you are between 20 and 29 years of age, you can get the maximum points under this category. After 30, the points for age become lesser. 

Work Experience

With a three-year full-time work experience, you are assured of full points under this category. 

Financial Status

You must provide adequate proof that you have enough funds to support yourself and the dependents planning to move with you to Canada. A single applicant must show fund availability of CAD 13,213. You must add CAD 3560 for every additional member/dependent.

The Express Entry System offers a few distinct advantages to Indians looking for a stable future life in Canada. You need not wait for a temporary visa but can get approved for permanent residency straight away. You need not wait for a local employer to sponsor you with a job offer. With just one approved application, your spouse/partner and dependent children can become permanent Canadian residents. 

Your chances of success in your Canadian immigration efforts can vastly improve when you choose the Express Entry System.


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