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Canadian Federal Immigration: Express Entry

Express Entry is the current system that governs all Canadian federal streams of economic immigration. For skilled immigrants looking to apply to a federal program, knowing how Express Entry works is the first step to obtaining permanent residence.

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As of January 1st 2015, the Government of Canada introduced Express Entry, a new application management system for federal streams of economic immigration. The changes were made to better manage skilled applicants and reduce processing times, which are now quoted to be as short as six months.

Currently, Express Entry is an umbrella system that manages the Federal Skilled Worker Program, Federal Skilled Trades Program, and Canadian Experience Class. There are also some Provincial Nominee Programs that are aligned with the Express Entry system.


Applicants that are interested in one of the streams of federal immigration managed by Express Entry are required to submit an Expression of Interest to the government of Canada. If you meet the minimum eligibility requirements of one of the programs, you can submit a profile into the Express Entry pool with other prospective applicants.

Once entered, you are issued a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score based on your profile and are ranked against other applicants in the pool. Every so often, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) issues Invitations to Apply (ITAs) to the highest ranking individuals in the pool in an Express Entry draw. Once you receive an ITA, you have 90 days to submit an application online for permanent residence.

DID YOU KNOW? As of late, the minimum CRS point threshold to receive an ITA in a draw has been staggeringly low, which means there has never been a better time to create an Express Entry profile.


How well you rank in the pool and what CRS score you obtain is dependent on how well you are able to present your initial application.

Applying to the Express Entry Pool

When you are in the Express Entry pool, your profile is competing against all of the other candidates regardless of the program they are eligible for. Preparing a complete and accurate profile is critical to ensuring you receive as many CRS points as you are eligible to claim. Our services can help you create an ideal profile for Express Entry and help you stand out against other applicants in the pool. We help you choose the correct National Occupational Classification (NOC) code for your skilled work experience, guide you through the process of obtaining an Education Credential Assessment (ECA), and assist you with all other aspects of your Express Entry profile.

Language Requirements

In many cases, there are minimum language requirements that are needed in order to be eligible for federal immigration programs. Once you’re in the Express Entry pool, you can also claim CRS points for your language score. Because of this, meeting the minimum language requirements is sometimes not enough to maximize your chances of receiving an ITA. Canadim is happy to offer our clients free tutoring services for IELTS exams to help you excel in your language tests.

Provincial Nominee Programs

Some Provincial Nominee Programs are aligned with Express Entry. If you are eligible for one of these programs, you may be able to submit an application to the province. If this application is successful, you can claim an additional 600 CRS points, virtually guaranteeing you will receive an ITA. However, with applicant quotas, dates, and different eligibility requirements for every province and program, it becomes an overwhelming task to monitor which PNPs you qualify for and what you need to do to apply to them. Our services can keep you up to date with any PNPs you may be eligible for and how to apply to them.

Employment Services

A valid job offer from a Canadian employer can increase your eligibility for many economic immigration programs. In Express Entry, claiming a valid job offer can award you up to 200 CRS points. When Express Entry was introduced, the Canadian Job Bank database was also included in the application process to put you in touch with Canadian employers looking to hire foreign workers, but it’s not the only place they are looking. Canadim’s employment services can offer you insights on how to connect with Canadian employers. How you present your cover letter or CV also greatly impacts whether you will receive a job offer. Canadim’s employment advisors can help you create an ideal resume that increases your chances of successfully receiving a job offer.

If you are looking for more information on any of these immigration options or other pathways to permanent residence in Canada, feel free to contact us, or fill out our free online assessment to see what options are available to you.



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