Express Entry System


Express Entry (Permanent Residence):

The Express Entry (EE) system is a selection process used by the Canadian government’s department of “Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada” (IRCC) to fill labour gaps and to select skilled immigrants to become permanent residents of ontario, Canada. To enter the pool, eligible candidates must meet the requirements by qualifying for one of the following Canadian immigration programs:

  • The Federal Skilled Worker Class
  • the Federal Skilled Trades Class
  • The Canadian Experience Class

How to Apply for Express Entry to Canada?

Think you are eligible for the Express Entry program? Then start by creating a profile online or speak to one of our Canadian immigration lawyers. You have 60 days to complete the online profile and upload the required documents. Your profile will contain personal information that highlight skills that contribute to your score in the point-based Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS).

Your profile is used to help the IRCC determine if you meet the Express Entry Application requirements. If you’re eligible you are then accepted into the pool where you are ranked according to your CRS score. You will remain in the pool until you receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residency.


Express Entry Points

The CRS provides you with a score based on the information in your profile, including:

  • Education
  • Skills
  • Work Experience
  • Language ability
  • Other Factors

Increase your points for Express Entry with:

  • Canadian Degrees, Diplomas or Certificates
  • A valid job Offer
  • A Nomination from a Province or Territory
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Although an applicant can collect points for a spouse/partner, the additional points do not exceed what an applicant can score on his/her own:
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Minimum entry criteria for Canada Express Entry System
  • Satisfy the requirements of at least one of the immigration categories;
  • Take an English or French test (IELTS/CELPIP/TEF) – applies to all categories;
  • Have their Education Credential Assessment (ECA) done by a designated organization – mandatory for the FSWP, voluntary for the CEC and FSTP categories; and
  • Complete an online Express Entry profile.
Those who meet the minimum entry criteria becomes eligible to be in Canada Express Entry pool and receives a score on a 1200-point scale based on their level of education, age, work experience, language skills etc. Each candidate will be ranked against other candidates in the pool. Every other week, a cut-off score is determined and all those above that cut-off score are issued an Invitation to apply (ITA) for Permanent Residency.
IMPORTANT: Joining the Canada Express Entry pool does not guarantee that you will be given an Invitation To Apply (ITA).
You can also boost your score with:
  • Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) or a valid job offer
  • A nomination from your province or territory
Candidates with a valid job offer in a National Occupational Classification (NOC) 00 receive additional 200 points and candidates with a valid job offer in a NOC 0, A or B occupations receive an additional 50 points. An LMIA is no longer important for certain qualifying job offers to receive these additional 200/50 points. Your employer does not need an LMIA if you have:
  • A valid job offer from the employer on your work permit for at least 1 year;
  • Been working full-time for the employer on your work permit for at least 1 year (or part-time equivalent); and
  • A valid employer-specific work permit that is exempt from an LMIA under an international agreement, a federal-provincial agreement or the Canadian interests’ category. Candidates with a valid Provincial nomination have a significant advantage as they receive additional 600 points and therefore virtually guarantee that they will rank high enough to pass the cut-off score and receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for Permanent Residency.;


SLPC Immigration Law experts will get your evaluation form and decide if you meet the criteria to immigrate to Canada on a permanent basis. If yes, you can then proceed to the following step in the immigration procedure.

Our team will review all supportive paperwork you may have, submit your application within the stipulated timeframe and track it and keep in touch with the authorities. contact us today for a free assessment.

Some PNP also have an Express Entry component. If you receive a nomination from a provincial authority, then you can include the respective approval on your Express Entry submission.


Express Entry Processing Time

For those eligible for Express Entry, please note that your application can stay in the pool for up to 12 months depending on your CRS score and the government’s objective during the respective draws. If the IRCC invites you to apply, then you will have 60 days to submit an online application for permanent residency. The IRCC aims to process your application for permanent residency within 6 months. If you do not receive an ITA within 12 months, then you can update your profile and you will need to re-enter the pool.

Reasons for Express Entry Refusal

These are some of the top reasons why an ITA may be denied:

  1. Have not met the requirements;
  2. Unable to understand what the government requires;
  3. Submission contains errors; and
  4. Failure to Optimize points within regulation.
How Can I Avoid a Canadian Immigration Refusal?

Applying for an Express Entry visa is a complicated and competitive process that becomes quite timely—especially if you must re-submit your application. Working with an experienced immigration lawyer can help eliminate errors and optimize your profile. We will ensure your profile is completed accurately and within the 60-day deadline.


Express Entry Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) That Our Licensed Immigration Professionals Can Answer

Qualifying language ability depends on each program requirement. You will need to take a standardized language test approved by the IRCC to determine your English language ability. Additional points are also available for candidates who prove French language ability.
Yes, you can bring your spouse, qualifying common-law partner and dependent children. You must list any dependents on your Express Entry profile, and their level of education, language proficiency and age are considered when calculating your CRS points.
Yes, if you have a valid work permit or qualify for a valid work permit.
The points can range from an additional 50–200 points, depending on the type of job offer you receive.
  • Age
  • Level of education
  • Language proficiency
  • Canadian work experience