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Express Entry


Express Entry is the electronic management system for applying for permanent residency. It is not an immigration category but a system to facilitate the selection and processing of Canada’s economic immigration programs: the Federal Skilled Worker Program, the Federal Skilled Trades Program, the Canadian Experience Class, and some Provincial Nomination Programs.

Applicants must first make an ‘expression of interest’ by creating a profile and, if  eligible for at least one program, they will enter the Express Entry pool. Candidates from this pool will receive an ‘Invitation to Apply’ once they pass the points threshold under a draw.

The points of each applicant, under the express entry system, is determined by: English proficiency scores, level of education, age, and other selection factors. The points threshold is determined according to the latest draw that is held approximately every two weeks.

Express Entry Programs

Step 1

Create your profile

Enter your information

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Enter Express Entry


Step 3

Invitation to Apply


How Does the Program Work?

Step 2

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Step 4

Apply for Permanent Residence Online

1) Creating a Profile

First, all potential candidates will create an Express Entry profile using this online platform .

All Express Entry profiles are ranked to determine a score based on a variety of factors, such as:

  • Language proficiency in English and/or French

  • Education

  • Canadian work experience 

  • Foreign work experience

  • Other factors

2)  Express Entry Pool

After each profile is provided a score, the candidates are entered in a pool of applicants, if they meet the criteria of a program (ie. One year of high-skilled work experience under CEC). From these pool of Applicants, the system will select those who have sufficient points in the latest draw.

3) Invitation To Apply

If the application meets the minimum points threshold of the latest draw, the applicant will be issued an "Invitation to Apply," and will have 90 days to apply for permanent residence.

4)  Apply For Permanent

The successful selected candidate will then apply for permanent residence under their allotted program:

  • Federal Skilled Worker program

  • Federal Skilled Trade program

  • Canadian Experience Class  or,

  • Provincial Nomination Program.

After being offered an invitation to apply applicants will still be assessed to determine whether they meet the requirements of the program. Once successfully assessed, the Applicants will be granted permanent residency.

The Process

Documents Required For Express Entry

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Language Test


Educational Credential Assessment

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Police Clearance Certificate


Who is eligible for Express Entry?

Ideal Express Entry candidates would meet the following requirements: Be under 30 years old. Hold at least two Bachelor's degrees or a Master's degree. Be able to demonstrate moderate to high English and/or French language proficiency (Canadian Language Benchmark [CLB] level seven or higher)

How much money is required for Express Entry?

Proof of funds demonstrates the Applicant has sufficient money to settle in Canada. If invited to apply, the Applicant must provide proof funds. The funds depend on the number of family members. For one person, the funds required is $13,310, for two it is $16,570 and three $20,371 etc. It is important to note some programs such as CEC do not proof of funds.

Is Express Entry same as PR Canada?

Express Entry is the system used to apply for permanent residence for skilled worker programs such the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), the Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP), and the Canadian Experience Class (CEC). Eligible candidates submit their profile on the website of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). 

Is Express Entry open for Canada 2022 / 2023?

The Express Entry program has re-opened for the year 2023. The first draw occurred on January 11, 2023 after months of no activity. Express Entry draws are usually held every two weeks on Wednesday.

Is it hard to get Express Entry?

You need to first qualify for one the programs: Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), the Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP), and the Canadian Experience Class (CEC). One qualified, points are awarded to clients based on a Comprehensive Ranking System or CRS. 

Do I need a lawyer to apply for Express Entry?

Hiring a lawyer can save you time and stress. An Express Entry Lawyer can assist to prevent common errors on your application that can lead to delays or even misrepresentation. A lawyer can take care of the application, advise you on the next steps and correspond with Immigration Canada. 


Let an experienced immigration lawyer handle your case

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