A Guide to Canada Express Entry System

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Overview

The Express Entry System is still the most popular system for immigrating to Canada. Prospective immigrants who wish to settle in the country and obtain Canada citizenship can benefit from applying through the programs under this system. This guide will discuss each of the three Federal immigration programs under the Express Entry System.

Types of Express Entry Programs

The Express Entry System consists of three economic immigration options.

If you qualify for one of these three programs, you can also apply for the Provincial Nominee Program through Express Entry. If you are nominated, you will receive up to 600 extra points and will get an invitation to apply quickly.

1. Federal Skilled Worker Program

The Federal Skilled Worker Program remains one of the most popular programs under the Express Entry System. You may be eligible for the Federal Skilled Worker Program if you meet the following requirements:

  • Minimum 12-months of full-time, continuous, work experience in occupations that fall under NOC Skill Levels 0, A, or B.
  • Scoring CLB 7 or higher on an IRCC-approved language test in English or French.
  • Education credentials that are equivalent to a Canadian high school diploma or higher.
FSWP Requirements

2. Federal Skilled Trades Program

The Federal Skilled Trades Program provides a permanent residence pathway for skilled workers with 24-months of continuous or part-time equivalent work experience in a qualifying skilled trade in the past 5 years. These trades must fall under one of the following NOC Job codes: 72, 73, 82, 92, 632, and 633.

In case, you do not have the full 24-months of work experience mentioned above, you will need to also meet the following requirements:

  • Possessing a valid job offer for a full-time position lasting 12-months or more.
  • Or, you must possess a qualification certificate in your skilled trade from a provincial or territorial authority.
  • Scoring CLB 4 or higher on an IRCC-approved language test in English or French.
  • Intending to live in a province other than Quebec.
FSTP Requirements

3. Canadian Experience Class

The Canadian Experience Class program is ideal for candidates who possess Canadian work experience. Many international students use the CEC as their preferred pathway for Canadian immigration.

You may be eligible for the Canadian Experience Class if you meet the following requirements:

  • Possess 12-months of paid work experience in the last 36 months. This experience
    must be gained in occupations under NOC Skill Levels 0, A, or B.
  • Scoring CLB 7 or higher on an IRCC-approved language test in English or French if work experience is from NOC 0 or A Jobs. This requirement changes to CLB 5 for jobs that fall under NOC B.
CEC Requirements

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Step-By-Step Process: Express Entry

The steps for applying through the Express Entry are outlined below.

1. Determine Your Eligibility

You must determine your eligibility for any of the programs under the Express Entry System before applying. You can check the requirements for the three programs below.

  • Federal skilled Workers Program (FSW)
  • Canadian Experience Class (CEC)
  • Federal Skilled Trades (FST)

2. Check Your CRS Score

The next step is to check your Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score. This special points system determines how you will rank in the Express Entry Pool of candidates. Candidates with points that exceed the minimum points score for each round of invitations will receive an invitation to apply. You can check your CRS by using our special CRS score calculator.

3. Gather Your Documents

If you manage to score a high CRS score, you can begin the process of gathering your documents to send with your application. These documents include:

  • Police clearance certificates
  • Proof of funds
  • Medical examinations
  • Birth certificate
  • Marriage certificate

You could be asked to provide more documents depending on your country of origin and background.

4. Create and Fill Out Your Express Entry Profile

Next, you can fill out and submit an Express Entry Profile on the IRCC website. After that IRCC will issue the highest-ranking candidates invitations to apply for permanent residency.

5. Receive Your Invitation to Apply and Apply

If your CRS score is high enough, you will receive an Invitation to Apply for Permanent Residence. You will then have 60 days to fill out and complete your application and submit it to IRCC. If you have gathered all supporting documents, you can expect your application to be processed in around 6 months.

How is PNP Different from Express Entry?

The Provincial Nominee Programs (PNP) are special immigration programs that are run by each province in Canada. They do not fall under the Express Entry System, which covers only the economic Federal immigration pathways.

However, it may be possible for candidates to earn 600 additional points on their CRS score if they receive a nomination under a qualifying Provincial Nominee Program. This will help them improve their odds of receiving an Invitation to Apply via the Express Entry System.

All Provincial Nominee Programs

How to maximize your CRS Score?

The CRS system awards candidates with points in different areas. This includes:

  • Age
  • Level of Education
  • Work Experience
  • Language Proficiency

Younger applicants with high levels of education, extensive work experience in qualifying occupations, and high English or French language proficiency generally receive preference under the Express Entry System. It may be possible to increase your CRS score by gaining additional work experience, earning more education credentials, and by improving your language test scores.

Another option is to try for a provincial nomination. This will earn you an additional 600 CRS points towards your Express Entry Profile. Please get in touch with Elaar Immigration to learn the different ways to boost your CRS score.

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How ELAAR can help you?

If you need assistance with your Express Entry profile, please get in touch with ELAAR. Our team of experts is headed by Keshav Sharma, a Licensed and Regulated Immigration Consultant with many years of immigration experience. Together we can help you optimize your Express Entry profile and maximize your odds of receiving an Invitation to Apply.

FAQs: Express Entry Canada

What makes you an eligible candidate for Express Entry?

You may be eligible for Express Entry if you meet the requirements for any of the three programs under this system:

  • Federal skilled Workers Program (FSW)
  • Canadian Experience Class (CEC)
  • Federal Skilled Trades (FST)

How much money is required for Express Entry in 2022?

You need a minimum of $13,213 if you are applying through the Federal Skilled Worker Program or the Federal Skilled Trades Program.

How many CRS points are required for Express Entry in Canada?

You typically require a minimum of 67 points out of 100 if you wish to be eligible under the Express Entry System.

What is the general processing time for Express Entry in 2022?

It takes around 6 months for Express Entry applications to be processed in 2022.

What is sufficient proof of funds in Canadian Express Entry?

You can show proof of funds in the form of:

  • bank account statements in your name or in the name of the spouse/common-law partner accompanying you to Canada.
  • cashable investments that are in your name or in the name of the spouse/common-law partner accompanying you to Canada.
  • cashable fixed deposits that are in your name or the name of the spouse/common-law partner accompanying you to Canada.

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What is the frequency of Express Entry draws?

Express Entry draws occur every two weeks.

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