Express entry program is an application management system, used to organize and process applications of immigrants who want to apply for Canadian permanent residency. It is the most popular and the fastest immigration program for skilled immigrants to apply for a Canada PR Visa.
Introduced in 2015, it manages the profiles of the immigrants who have applied for Canada PR Visa through the following Canadian economic immigration programs:
Immigrants who are able to meet the minimum requirements of any one of the above-mentioned programs, their profiles are then submitted into the express entry pool.
Your profile will be then ranked according to a point-based system known as the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). The highest-ranked profiles will be then given an ITA – Invitation to Apply for Canada permanent residence. You will have 60 days to submit your application for a Canada PR Visa to the IRCC.
An ideal application for Canada PR Visa will be processed in only 6 months.
As we discussed, Express entry program manages the profiles under the above-mentioned programs, each of these programs has different requirements.
Here, we will discuss the minimum requirements of the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) for Canada PR Visa:
As discussed above, to create an express entry profile, you must score a minimum of 67 points out of 100 in the FSWP points assessment grid. The 67 points system is different from the CRS that is used to rank profiles in the express entry pool.
Points are awarded based on the following six factors:
You can calculate your Canada PR Visa points with the help of our 67 points Calculator!!!
After scoring the required 67 points, you will be able to create your express entry profile, which will be submitted into the Express Entry pool. Here, with the help of CRS, it is ranked in the pool. CRS awards point to the profiles based on your credentials like age, work experience, language proficiency, etc.
Following are the factors based on which points are awarded in the CRS calculator:
To calculate your CRS score, click here…
Following are the simple steps that will allow you to apply for Canada PR Visa through Express Entry program:
Step 1: Check your Eligibility – Very first for you will be to calculate your Express entry points with the help of 67 points calculator. If you score the required 67 points, you are then eligible to create your express entry profile.
Step 2: Create an Express entry profile – Your express entry profile will be submitted into the express entry pool with the profiles of the applicants. In the express entry pool, profiles are ranked based on their CRS score.
Step 3: Create a Job Bank profile (Optional) – You can create a Job Match account with Job Bank, which acts as a database to help match an applicant with the employers looking for workers possessing the skills the applicants have.
Step 4: Receive your ITA – IRCC holds express entry draws to issue ITAs to higher-ranked profiles in the express entry pool. If you are able to clear the latest CRS score cut-off, you will be issued an ITA to submit your application for Canada PR visa to the IRCC within 60 days.
Step 5: Submit your Canada PR application – You have to submit your Canada PR visa application to the IRCC with the right set of documents. IRCC will then process your application, which can take around 4 to 5 months. On successful evaluation, you will your Confirmation of Permanent Residency (COPR)
IRCC reports that 80% of applications for PR visas submitted by Express Entry are processed within 6 months of their receipt. This is the application submitted once the applicant receives an ITA and prepares their formal application for permanent residence.
This processing time does not take into account the time it takes to prepare an Express Entry profile, request, and receive a provincial appointment (if applicable), etc.
Following is the overview of costs that are associated with Canada Immigration Express entry program for Canada PR visa:
Other than this, you must also be required to show some proof of funds. These funds are required if you are applying through FST and FSW. If you have a valid job-offer OR application through CEC, you are exempted from this requirement.
Following table shows the current settlement funds required for Canada PR Visa (Updated on January 1, 2020):
|Number of Family Members||Required Funds (In-CAD)|
|For each additional family member, add||$3,492|
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|Factors||Minimum points required|
Once you get the ITA, you have to submit the following documents:
Step 3: Create your express entry profile
Step 4: Get your ITA
In addition to obtaining PR status and staying in Canada as a permanent resident for a specified period of time, the other requirements are as follows:
Applicants must have paid income tax under the Income Tax Act for at least three out of the five years as a permanent resident
They must have good language skills and prove that they can speak English or French fluently. You must pass a test that will measure your speaking, writing, reading, and listening skills in that language.