Express Entry to Canada

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ECONOMIC PROGRAMS

One of Canada’s primary immigration goals is to support the development of a strong and prosperous Canadian economy. To achieve this goal, Canada has a number of immigration programs that pave the way for skilled workers to immigrate to Canada and contribute to the economy. To manage these programs, Canada recently introduce a new system called Express Entry. 

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WHAT IS EXPRESS ENTRY?

Express Entry is a new system launched in January 2015, used to manage applications for permanent residence by people with skilled experience looking to immigrate to Canada. It is used to manage applications under the Federal Skilled Worker Program, Federal Skilled Trades Program and Canadian Experience Class. Express Entry is an online system introduced by the Canadian government in 2015 which is used to manage Canadian permanent residency applications under three federal economic immigration programs: 

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HOW DOES EXPRESS ENTRY WORK?

 Through Express Entry, applicants can create a profile online. If the candidate meets the minimum criteria to one of the economic programs, he or she is entered into a pool of Express Entry candidates.  Some provinces and territories are also able to recruit candidates from the Express Entry pool for the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP).  The federal, provincial/ territorial governments and employers can select from this pool of candidates. 

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POINT SYSTEM

Applicants are assigned points for factors that contribute to success in Canada such as education, experience, language ability, as well as having an offer of employment or a nomination from a province or territory. The highest possible points a candidate can get is 1200, with 50 or 200 points given to candidates with a qualifying job offer and 600 points given to candidates with a nomination from a province or territory. 

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INVITATION TO APPLY

 Candidates are ranked against others in the pool. Only the highest-ranked candidates and those who have a qualifying job offer or provincial/territorial nominations will be issued an ITA (invitation to apply) and invited to apply for permanent residence. If a candidate does not have a valid job offer from a Canadian employer or a provincial/ territorial nomination, he/she must register with the Canada’s Job Bank, which will connect him/her with eligible Canadian employers.  

Express Entry requirements

To successfully submit an Expression of Interest by creating an Express Entry profile, an applicant must qualify under one of the federal economic classes. It is important to note that the requirements of each of the economic classes vary. 


  1. Federal Skilled Worker Program
  2. Federal Skilled Trades Program
  3. Canadian Experience Class
  4. Provincial Nominee Program


An applicant who meets the requirements of at least one of the economic classes will automatically be placed in the Express Entry pool as a candidate. However, becoming a candidate and entering the Express Entry pool does not guarantee an ITA. 

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