Express Entry

Express Entry

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Are you a Skilled Immigration?

Express entry provides a direct pathway to permanent residency, for foreign nationals as well for temporary residents who are skilled workers and wish to make Canada their new home.

Express entry is an online application management tool used by IRCC to process immigration applications from skilled workers. Express Entry allows applicants to choose from three different economic immigration programs, based on their unique circumstances:

  1. Federal Skilled Worker Program
  2. Federal Skilled Trades Program
  3. Canadian Experience Class

All three programs allow you to live anywhere in Canada outside of the province of Quebec, unless you have received a provincial nomination in which case you must live in the province of your nomination.

Application process:

Applicants are required to create an online express entry profile in order to begin their application, this is referred to as Stage 1 of your application. This can be a complicated process and it is critical that all the information provided is accurate. If you meet the required criteria and wish to come to Canada as a skilled immigrant, please contact the immigration specialists at YIC, who can help you create an online express entry profile.

If you have a spouse or a common law partner, one of you must be the principal applicant for the creation of the express entry profile.

Once your express entry profile is complete and submitted, you are entered into a pool of candidates and your profile is rank against other candidates in the pool. Each applicant is assigned a score on a point-system with maximum available points of 1200. IRCC conducts rounds of invitations, typically every 2 weeks, whereby they invite applicants who have obtained the high-ranking scores to apply for permanent residence.

The provinces and territories can also invite applicants in the Express Entry pool though the provincial nominee program. More information about the Provincial Nominee Programs is provided on this page.

In Stage 2 of your application, once you are invited to apply, you must provide all the documents supporting your express entry profile, you only have 60 days to submit these documents, therefore it is important to get your document ready in a timely manner. If you have received an invitation to apply and you need help collecting all the necessary documents, our immigration specialists have extensive experience assisting client with their stage 2 submissions, as well.

(1) Federal Skilled Worker Program – Eligibility:

This program is designed for skilled workers who have foreign work experience.

In order to be eligible to apply for immigration under this program you must first meet the following minimum requirements:

Skilled Work Experience Language ability Education Proof of Funds
  • You must have work experience in one of the following categories:
    • Professional Jobs (NOC level A)
    • Managerial Jobs (NOC level 0) or
    • Technical or Skilled Trade Jobs ((NOC level B)
  • You must be able to show that you have performed all the essential duties
    associated with your NOC
  • The Skilled work experience must have been performed within the last 10
    years
  • You must have worked on a continuous basis for a period of
    1 year in the skilled position and be paid for
    this work.
  • You must take an approved language test in either English or French.
  • The minimum score you must obtain is a Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 7, in
    each of the following section:

    • writing
    • reading
    • listening
    • speaking
  • You must have obtained at minimum a Canadian high school diploma or an
    equivalent foreign diploma.
  • If you have completed your education from a foreign jurisdiction, you must
    provide an Educational Credential Assessment report from a designated
    organization (e.g. WES).
  • You must show you have enough money for you and your family (if applicable) to
    settle in Canada.

    • These funds must be readily available to you.
    • Proof of funds must be shown by getting an official letter from your
      bank or financial institution.
  • Alternatively, you can show that you are able to work legally in Canada and have
    a job offer from a Canadian Employer

If you are not sure whether you meet the minimum eligibility criteria, please contact our immigration experts who can review your documents and advise you accordingly on your eligibility.

Eligibility Selection Factors

If you meet all the minimum requirements, your application will then be assessed further on the following six selection factors:

  • Age
  • Education
  • Work experience
  • Whether you have a valid job offer
  • English and/or French language skills
  • Adaptability

These selection factors are assessed on a point-system, whereby an applicant is assigned a score out of a maximum of 100 points. To be eligible for the Federal Skilled Workers program, an applicant must
secure a score of 67 points or higher.

SelectionFactors Age Education Work experience Valid Job Offer Language skills Adaptability
Maximums Points 12 25 15 10 24 for English & 4 for French 10
Factors that will get you more points Over 18 years but under 35 years Professional degrees, post-graduate degrees are useful 4 or more years of experience will move you closer to the max A job offer for continuous 1-year period, full-time position and in NOC 0, A or B. CLB level of 8 or higher in English Language testCLB level of 5 or higher in French
Language test
Your past work or studies and relatives in Canada gives you points. If applicable, your
spouse’s ability to settle in Canada, also provide points.

If you meet the minimum requirements noted above and achieve a score of 67 points or higher in the selection factors noted above, you can proceed to Stage 1. Once you have created your profile you will be assessed on a different point system, whereby your profile will be ranked against other eligible candidates.

(2) Federal Skilled Trades Program – Eligibility:

This program is designed for skilled workers who want to immigration to Canada on the basis of being qualified in a skilled trade. Specific trade occupations have been identified by IRCC for this program and these are listed below.

Not unlike the other program, the application must first meet the following minimum requirements, in order to be eligible to apply:

Skilled Trade Experience Language ability Proof of Funds Job Offer/Certificate
  • You must have work experience in one of the following NOCs:
    • Major Group 72; Industrial, Electrical and Construction Trade
    • Major Group 73; Maintenance and Equipment Operation Trades
    • Major Group 82; Supervisors and Technical Jobs in Natural Resources,
      Agriculture and Related Production
    • Major Group 92; Processing, Manufacturing and Utilities Supervisors and
      Central Control Operators
    • Minor Group 632, Chefs and Cooks
    • Minor Group 633, Butchers and Bakers
  • The Trade experience must have been performed within the last 5
    years
  • You must have worked on a continuous basis for a period of at
    least 2 years in this skilled trade position
  • You must meet all the requirements for the skilled trade you practice, as set
    out in its respective NOC (with the exception of certification).
  • You must take an approved language test in either English or French.
  • The minimum score you must obtain is a Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) of 5,
    in each of the following section:

    • Listening &
    • Speaking
  • And a Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) of 4, in each of the following section;
    • Reading &
    • Writing
  • You must show you have enough money for you and your family (if applicable) to
    settle in Canada.

    • These funds must be readily available to you.
    • Proof of funds must be shown by getting an official letter from your
      bank or financial institution.
  • Alternatively, you can show that you are able to work legally in Canada and have
    a job offer from a Canadian Employer
  • You must have a valid job offer for full-time employment from a Canadian
    employment for a duration of at least 1 year.
  • Alternatively, you must obtain a Certificate of Qualification in your skilled
    trade, issued by the respective Canadian authority.

Unlike the Federal Skilled Workers program, there is no minimum educational requirement for this program. However, it is recommended, to improve your raking in the express entry pool, that you include your Canadian certificate, degree or diploma for secondary or post-secondary education or a foreign equivalent with your profile.

(3) Canadian Experience Program – Eligibility:

This program is designed for skilled workers who have work experience in Canada and now wish to become permanent residents.

Skilled Work Experience Language ability Proof of Funds
  • You must have work experience in one of the following categories:
    • Professional Jobs (NOC level A)
    • Managerial Jobs (NOC level 0) or
    • Technical or Skilled Trade Jobs ((NOC level B)
  • You must be able to show that you have performed all the essential duties
    associated with your NOC
  • The Skilled work experience must have been performed within
    the last 3 years in Canada.
  • You must have worked on a continuous basis for a
    period of 1 year in the skilled position and
    be paid for this work.
  • You must have gained this experience while working in Canada legally.
  • You must take an approved language test in either English or French.
  • The minimum score you must obtain is a Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB)
    of 7, in all 4 sections, if your skilled work experience
    is in NOC 0 or A.
  • And a minimum Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) of 5,
    if your experience is in NOC B.
  • You must show you have enough money for you and your family (if applicable) to
    settle in Canada.

    • These funds must be readily available to you.
    • Proof of funds must be shown by getting an official letter from your
      bank or financial institution.
  • Alternatively, you can show that you are authorized to work in Canada and have a
    job offer from a Canadian Employer

There is no minimum educational requirement for this program. However, it is recommended, to improve your raking in the express entry pool, that you include your Canadian certificate, degree or diploma for secondary or post-secondary education or a foreign equivalent with your profile.