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Canada’s Express Entry Immigration program has been thriving since 2015. This program offers immigration opportunities for skilled workers looking to move to Canada. If you are interested in using this immigration route, you should know that completing an Express Entry Canada PR application is a multi-step process that requires plenty of preparation.

This guide will help you learn about the various things you should know before starting your Express Entry application.

1.      Your Eligibility

Every applicant must meet certain eligibility criteria for Canadian immigration or a Canada Visa. Express Entry is no different in this regard. This program can be broken down into the following three streams:

  • Federal Skilled Worker Program

  • Federal Skilled Trades Program

  • Canadian Experience Class

You can compare eligibility requirements for each program here. These programs typically require you to possess qualifications or experience in areas such as:

  • Language skills
  • Occupation type
  • Amount of work experience
  • Job offer status
  • Education

Language Skills

Applicants will be assessed on their language skills. This is based on a Canadian language standard called the Canadian language Benchmark and the scores you receive on the language test. For such tests, you will be assessed on your English or French writing, reading, listening, and speaking abilities.

Occupation Type

You will also be assessed on your occupation type. An applicant’s occupation typically falls under one of the categories outlined in the National Occupation Classification (NOC).

To apply through the Canadian Experience Class or the Federal Skilled Worker Program, you must have work experience in either NOC 0, A, or B

If you are a prospective immigrant applying through the Federal Skilled Trades Program, you will need to possess NOC B work experience.

Amount of Work Experience

The amount of work experience you require will also depend on the stream you are applying through.

For the Canadian Experience Class, you will need a minimum of one year of work experience in Canada over the past three years. This could be a combination of full-time or even part-time work.

For the Federal Skilled Worker Program, you will need one year of continuous work experience within the past ten years.

For the Federal Skilled Trades Program, you require two years of experience in the last five years.

Job Offer

You don’t need a job offer for the Canadian Experience Class or the Federal Skilled Worker Program. However, you can get extra points in the Federal Skilled Worker Program if you have a standing job offer.

You will need to possess a valid job offer for full-time employment that will last a minimum of 1 year to apply through the Federal Skilled Trades Program. Alternatively, you can meet this requirement by possessing a certificate of qualification in your skilled trade.


You will also need to meet specific education requirements to apply through the Express Entry system. However, these requirements only apply to the Federal Skilled Worker program, which requires you to possess a secondary education at a minimum.

2.      Numbers and Codes Associated with Your Express Entry Profile

As mentioned earlier, applying through the Express Entry System is a multi-step process. During this process, you will receive various numbers and codes associated with your profile.

These are:

  • Personal Reference Code

  • Express Entry Profile Number

  • Job Seeker Validation Code

  • Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) Score.

Each of the above numbers and codes serves a distinct purpose, so you should ensure you are familiar with each one.

Personal Reference Code

The personal reference code is a special alphanumeric code generated after applicants answer the various questions in the Come to Canada tool. This code typically resembles JM0987654321. This code is used to move your information from the Come to Canada tool to your immigration account.

Express Entry Profile Number

The Express Entry Profile Number is a code that Immigration, Refugees, Citizenship Canada (IRCC) sends you after you have successfully completed your profile and are a candidate in the Express Entry pool.

It would be best if you held onto this number as it will help you register with the job bank, find immigration opportunities in different provinces, and submit a new Express Entry Profile when your previous one expires.

Job Seeker Validation Code

The job seeker validation code is a numeric code that helps identify you in the job bank and is based on your Express Entry profile. You will receive it once you have submitted your Express Entry profile. It is needed for both the job bank and provinces that wish to nominate you.

Comprehensive Ranking System Score (CRS)

The Comprehensive Ranking System Score or CRS Score is a points-based system for assessing and scoring your profile. It helps IRCC rank you within the Express Entry Pool of candidates. It is based on several factors that can be found here.

3.      Information Validity

Your Express Entry application won’t be valid forever. Many of the forms and codes included in it also expire after a certain amount of time. The expiration time for each of these is shown below:

  • Come to Canada tool information: Expires 30 days after receiving your Personal Reference Code.
  • Incomplete Profile: Expires after 60 days from when you started it.
  • Submitted Profile without Job Bank Registration or Provincial Nomination: Expires after 30 days from Express Entry Submission Date.
  • Submitted Profile after Job Bank Registration or Provincial Nomination: Expires after one year.
  • Invitation to Apply: Expires 90 days from the time you receive it.

Why Choose Elaar Immigration Consulting?

As you can see, prospective immigrants should be aware of many things before starting their Express Entry application in 2021. The best way to learn about the Canadian immigration process’s ins and outs is to get in touch with reliable Canada Express Entry consultants such as Elaar Immigration Consulting. Our team of experts is led by Keshav Sharma, a regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant with extensive immigration and business management experience.

The information you enter in the Come to Canada tool will expire after a certain period.
Please contact us to learn the right way to apply through the Express Entry System.

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