Express Entry Program - Canada Immigration Guide

Express Entry is an online application management system for skilled workers who have applied for permanent residence through federal and some certain provincial immigration programs. 

Canada express entry program covers the following immigration programs:

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Step by Step process to apply for PR Visa through Express entry program

Here are 5 simple steps to apply for Canada PR Visa - 

Step 1: Check your Eligibility

The three federal economic immigration programs (FSW, FST, and CEC) have different requirements. You have to check the minimum requirements of each program, and if you meet the requirements, you are eligible to create an Express Entry profile.

Each one of them has different requirements, but overall candidates are required to have one year of work experience with a certain level of language proficiency in either English or French.

Step 2: Create your Express Entry profile  

You have to create an online profile in the express entry program. Your profile will automatically get scores and based on these scores, the profile will be ranked in the express entry pool.

These rankings are based on your Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) scores. Higher your CRS scores higher your chances of getting an Invitation to Apply (ITA). 

Step 3: Get your ITA 

Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) held express entry draws on a frequent basis inviting Express entry candidates who clear the latest CRS score cut-off. If you score above the minimum CRS score required, you will be invited to submit your Canada PR Visa application. 

If your CRS score is low, you can see our tips on improving your CRS score

Step 4: Submit your application

After getting an ITA, you will have 60 days to submit your complete application to IRCC. After you have submitted your application, IRCC will assess your application. An ideal application takes 6 to 8 months to process. 

Step 5: Confirmation of Permanent Residence

If your application is successfully assessed, IRCC will give you your Confirmation of Permanent Residence (CoPR). 

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What is the minimum requirement for the Express Entry program?

Candidates must be able to score a minimum of 67 points out of 100 in the point's assessment grid. Points are awarded based on the factors like Age, Education, Work Experience, Valid job offer, Language proficiency, and adaptability.

Must have a minimum of 1 year of continuous work experience in an occupation that must be categorized under National Occupation Classification (NOC) skill level type 0, A, B, or C.

For language proficiency, the Candidate is required to take the IELTS examination and prove proficiency in the English language. The minimum requirement is to have the Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) level 7.

Educational requirement is of minimum Canadian secondary or post-secondary school certificate, diploma or degree OR its equivalent.

The candidate is also required to show proof of funds that are required to support the move to Canada financially.

How can I create an Express Entry profile?

Once the candidate can meet the basic requirements, they are then allowed to create an Express profile in the Canada Express entry program. To be able to create the express profile does not mean that the candidate will be able to get the Canada PR Visa. Profiles created will be submitted into the express pool with the expression profile of the other candidates.

Express profile creation is an online process. This candidate is required to follow the instruction that will be provided while creating the profile. Candidates must enter their details. Once the profile is created, the candidate will need information from certain documents and the candidate's NOC job title and code. Candidates can exit the profile creation portal at any time. They will have 60 days to complete and submit Express Entry Profile.

What to do after getting an ITA for a PR Visa?

Once a candidate gets an Invitation to Apply (ITA), they have 60 days to submit their application with all proper sets of documents to the IRCC to apply for a Canada PR Visa. Fee structures to apply for Canada PR Visa are as follows:

  • Candidates application fee (without RPRF): CAD 825
  • Including Spouse (without RPRF): CAD 825
  • Include a dependent child: CAD 225 per child 

IRCC will then do background checks on the candidate and verify all the documents submitted by the candidate. This whole process takes around 6 months on average. This average time includes the time for providing the biometrics by the candidate.

Once the application is successfully evaluated by the IRCC, the candidate obtains a Canada PR Visa.

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How does Express Entry work with Provincial Nominee Program (PNP)?

Other than the express entry program, there is also another immigration program that allows skilled immigrants to apply for Canada PR Visa and that is the Provincial Nomination Program (PNP). PNPs allow the provinces (except Quebec) in Canada to nominate skilled immigrants for permanent residence to help in the economic development of the province.

Every PNP has a stream that is in line with the Federal Governments Express Entry Program that allows the express entry registered candidates to apply for provincial nomination. If a candidate can land the provincial nomination certificate, they are awarded 600 CRS points. These many points give a major boost to the CRS score of the express entry candidate and make sure that they can get the ITA. Some of the PNPs with stream in line frequently with the Express entry program are as follows:

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