What is Express Entry?

Express Entry is a points-based system managed by the Department of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada. It is designed to manage applications from skilled workers who wish to become permanent residents of Canada. It is by far the fastest and easiest way to apply for a permanent resident visa in Canada.

How does express entry work?

Express Entry requirements in Canada

Express Entry is an online portal for skilled and qualified immigrants, where the Canadian federal government ensures that the applicant is eligible for the program. Applications from eligible candidates are then sent to the Express Entry pool for further processing. Your profile is ranked in the Express Entry Pool according to the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). The CRS score is calculated on the basis of certain factors, including

Language – up to 28 points. The points you are awarded are based on the results of approved language tests in English and/or French. All applicants must score at least 6 points in each language category (speaking, listening, reading and writing) on the IELTS General if English is the main language.

– Education – 25 points maximum. The points you are awarded are based on the results of an approved educational assessment office in Canada.

– Work experience – up to 15 points. Points awarded are based on your occupation and the number of years you have worked.

– Age – up to 12 points. Applicants between the ages of 18 and 35 receive the maximum number of points, with a loss of one point for each year over 35.

Additional points are awarded for other factors, including your (or your spouse’s or common-law partner’s) ties to Canada and arranged employment.

What is the procedure for applying for Express Entry?

Applying for admission through the Express Entry program is a simple process. Here is the step-by-step process for Express Entry to Canada:

– Profile Skills Assessment: The first step in the process is to verify whether or not you are eligible for the program; based on the eligibility criteria established by the IRCC position, you submit an Express Entry profile. In this section, the Canadian Regulated Immigration Consultant (CRC) analyzes the candidate’s profile and suggests the most suitable program based on the scores obtained by the candidate in the Profile Assessment Report, based on the Express Entry to Canada point calculator. The minimum score is 67 on a scale of 100, which is then calculated on a scale of 1200 points.

– Documentation: The next step after the profile assessment is to gather all the necessary documents for the applicant, which are required during the application process. However, the candidate must ensure that the documents he/she submits are valid and authentic.

– The Express Entry Pool: Once the submitted documents have been checked and verified, the candidate’s profile is registered in the Express Entry Pool, where it remains active for one year. Then the candidate’s profile is pre-screened on the basis of the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). If the applicant scores at or above the CRS prescribed by the Canadian federal government, he or she is likely to receive an ITA.

– Invitation to Apply (ITA): if the applicant is fortunate enough to be selected by the Canadian government, based on the results obtained. The candidate then becomes eligible to receive an ITA. Invitations are issued to applicants immediately after a Canadian draw for express entry into the EE pool is conducted by the CICR.

Application for Permanent Residence (APR): Congratulations on achieving the ITA. You can now apply for permanent resident status. However, you must ensure that you only have 60 days to gather all the necessary documents and apply for permanent residence.

– Visa application: Once you have completed all the formalities and obtained all the necessary documents, you can go to the Canadian Embassy to apply for your visa.

This is the step-by-step process for express entry into Canada, and at each step, CISP will provide you with expertise.

Eligibility criteria

What are the eligibility criteria for Express Entry?

Various documents are required and will be requested at different stages of the process, but the minimum requirements for Express Entry to Canada are as follows:


– Federal Skilled Worker Program: The Federal Skilled Worker Program or FSWP is the main immigration route to Canada. Under this program, an applicant must have –

1. At least one year of full-time paid work experience within the last ten years in a skilled occupation approved by the National Occupational Qualification at Skill Level 0, A or B.

2. A verified standard language ability in English or French.

3. An Educational Credentials Assessment (ECA) report, for applicants who have completed their studies abroad. In addition to all of these requirements, the applicant must score 67 points under this criterion to be successful in the migration process to Canada.

– Canadian Experience Class: The main purpose of this class is to grant permanent resident status to persons with Canadian work experience. Under the CEC, an applicant must have at least one year of skilled professional, vocational or technical work experience anywhere in Canada within the three years preceding the date of application.


Federal Skilled Trades Program : The FSTP is for applicants who wish to become permanent residents of Canada on the basis of their occupational qualifications. To be eligible for this program, the applicant must have acquired: – 2 years of full-time work experience

1. 2 years of full-time work experience in a skilled trade within the last 5 years prior to application.

2. Must be fluent in English or French.

3. Have a full-time job offer from a Canadian employer.


At PAIC, we follow the authentic immigration process authorized by the Federal Government of Canada, under the direction of our RCIC, Mr. Paul Gregory Abraham. We have a dedicated team of highly professional individuals who will guide you through your immigration process. Mr. Paul has years of experience in the field and has successfully obtained thousands of ATIs.



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