Canada Express Entry

Canada Express Entry

Migrate to Canada: Express Entry is a new electronic system that was launched in January 2015 to manage applications for permanent residence for these programs:

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


Who can apply as a Federal skilled worker (Express Entry?)

Express Entry will assess your application based on below Selection factors –

  • Age
  • Education
  • work experience
  • Whether you have a valid job offer
  • English and/or French language skills
  • Adaptability (how well you’re likely to settle here)

The current pass mark is 67 points out of 100 points, Check your eligibility for express entry you’re eligible to immigrate as per the above-mentioned selection factors under any one of the federal immigration programs with a current pass mark of 67points.

A government of Canada will place your profile in a pool with other profiles who are also eligible.

They will assess your profile and rank you and the others who are in the pool using several factors

Comprehensive Ranking System – The Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) is the points-based system that assesses and score your profile and ranks you in the Express Entry pool.The CRS gives you a score as per your profile depends on factors:

  • Skills
  • Education
  • Language ability
  • work experience
  • Other factors

The CRS also gives you points for:

  • Canadian degrees, diplomas or certificates
  • A valid job offer
  • A nomination from a province or territory
  • Other factors

Click here to check your CRS Score –  Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). High ranked candidates will receive an Invitation to apply for the permanent resident application.

Federal Express Entry

The Canada Express Entry System was a  full swing in 2017 with the backlog of applications from before the system launched, fully cleared.

This meant that the vast majority of skilled worker immigration candidates coming to Canada would be selected through the Express Entry System. With Canada’s 2017 skilled worker program target at 73,700 immigrants, it meant invitation numbers would have to sharply increase to ensure that target was met.

Below graph shows you the total invitation numbers for 2017 is approximately triple of the two previous years.


There were 86,043 Invitations to apply issues across the year, compared to 33,782 in 2016 and a 2015 total of 31,018.

IRCC Introduced additional points in CRS Score again in mid of the year, with points introduced for having a sibling in Canada, and extra points for a high level of French language ability. These twists were aimed at promoting candidates more likely to quickly integrate into Canada.The early part of the year saw ITA numbers regularly exceeding 3,000, with the minimum Comprehensive Ranking System score falling to a record low 413 in the draw on May 31, 2017.


More ITAs and lower minimum scores than ever before, 2017 was a record-breaking year for the Express Entry System. With an even greater emphasis on skilled workers in the recent immigration levels plans for 2018, 2019 and 2020, those records are set to tumble further as the system matures.

Federal High Skilled Immigration Targets

2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
58,400 73,700 74,900 81,400 85,800



Job Bank

Note: Job Bank is optional to create a Job Match account with Job Bank.

If you are in the Express Entry pool, you can start your job search of creating a Job Match account with Job Bank. Once you go to Canada as a PR, you can continue using Job Bank to find a job.

Express Entry regularly send invitations to apply to the highest-ranking candidates in the pool. If you are invited, you can apply for Visa Application.

If you invite to apply, you can apply online for permanent residence

Visa Application Fee – Processing Fee – $550

You have to pay the processing fee for everyone who will come to Canada with you.   You must pay the fees through your online account using a debit or credit card.

You will not receive your money refund once you have paid the processing fee.

The right of permanent residence fee – $490

Spouse /Partner – Processing fee – ($550)

the right of permanent residence fee – ($490)

Dependent Child -150 per Child

The right of permanent residence fee is $490.00 per person. There is no fee for dependent children.

You will need to pay this fee:

  • If your application is approved
  • before they issue you any permanent resident documents

You may also pay this fee early, at the time of submitting your application, as it may speed up the application process.

The government of Canada will refund your fee if:

  • You withdraw your application
  • Your application is refused

Other fees – You may have to pay fees to third parties for:

  • Language testing
  • Educational Credential Assessments
  • Medical exams
  • Police checks/clearances and certificates
  • Document translations


Provincial Nominee Program

Eligibility criteria – The eligibility criteria for the PNP is different based on whether you apply through the paper-based (non-Express Entry streams) or Express Entry (Express Entry streams) process.

Through Express Entry, provinces and territories can find and nominate candidates in the Express Entry pool under their Provincial Nominee Program where applicable.

  • Application Fee for Provinces and territories will differ from state to state

A Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) must support most job offers from an employer in Canada. An employer goes through this process to make sure there is a genuine labour market need before they can hire foreign workers.

In some cases, your employer does not need an LMIA to support your job offer. Find out more about which types of jobs don’t need an LMIA.

Language – You must:

  • meet the minimum language requirements for your eligible category
  • provide your language test results from a designated agency


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