Express Entry

About Express Entry Canada

You can get Canadian permanent residence within 4-8 months of the time period through Canada Express Entry programs. Let’s go into detail on how to apply for permanent residency in this step-by-step guide for Canada Express Entry.

To meet the express entry eligibility, you must qualify for one of these programs:

  • Federal Skilled Worker
  • Canadian Experience Class
  • Federal Skilled Trades Program

Apart from these programs, some Provincial Nominee Programs additionally have an Express Entry element clubbed with them. To learn more about these, you could go to the respective Provincial Immigration Websites and study the linked express entry programs.

Express Entry eligibility criteria

  • The eligibility for express entry is calculated through the Comprehensive Ranking System. The CRS calculator/tool (CRS Tool) helps you calculate your Express Entry points. Express Entry Canada generally releases its draw/cutoff/minimum selection score every two weeks. If your score matches/surpasses the current draws, Express Entry Canada invites you to apply to become a Permanent Resident of Canada.

    *Tie Breaker Rule applies in minimum selection score scenario (Tie Breaker Rule).

Given below are the factors which determine your score:

    • Age
    • Education
    • Work Experience
    • Siblings in Canada
    • Job Offer
    • Provincial Nomination
    • Language Test Score

Canada Express Entry Process: Step- by-Step

The Canada Express Entry steps for applying through economic immigration programs are outlined below.

Step 1: Check Eligibility

You must determine your eligibility for any of the programs under the Express Entry System before applying. You can check the requirements for the three programs below.

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

Step 2: Education Assessment (ECA)

Candidates must get an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) document to show that their education is equivalent to that in Canada. You can get this with the aid of some authorized organizations, such as WES.

Step 3: Language Proficiency Test (IELTS or Equivalent)

To prove their proficiency in either one or both English or French (Canada’s official languages), the candidates must pass a language test. They get Express Entry points on the basis of test results which are valid for 2 years.

Step 4: Express Entry Profile Creation

After completing language testing and Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) the candidates must create an Express Entry profile for one of the three federal economic immigration programs.

Step 5: Receive ITA

The candidates are then placed in the Express Entry pool where they are ranked by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) on the basis of their CRS Score. After that, they wait to receive an ITA (Invitation to Apply) in the Latest Express Entry Draw.

Step 6: Medical Exam and Police Verification (PCC)

Those who get invitations must send IRCC their fully completed Application for Permanent Residence (APR) and application fees by the due date. This stage requires you to attach copies of your police clearance and medical examination. After that, IRCC will give you an Acknowledgement of Receipt (AOR).

Step 7: Processing Stage

In this stage, IRCC processes your application and if the visa officer finds that they need some additional documents, they inform the candidates. It usually takes 6-8 months for a typical Canada Express Entry application to process.

Step 8: Confirmation of Permanent Residence (CoPR)

IRCC makes the final decision on your Express Entry application and you receive a Confirmation of Permanent Residence (COPR).

Step 9: Fly to Canada

After that, candidates can move to Canada as a permanent resident.

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