Express Entry Program

The Express Entry Program, introduced in January 2015, is a program utilized by individuals to obtain Canadian permanent residence. The Express Entry aims at making the immigration process quick and straightforward for candidates wishing for Canadian PR. This program has replaced previous permanent residence categories aimed at skilled immigrants and was created to improve the efficiency of Canadian skilled immigration programs. Canadian immigration depends on many foreigners immigrating through the Express Entry Program. The program helps manage immigration applications for many of the country’s economic immigrant programs such as Federal Skilled Trades, Federal Skilled Worker, and Canadian Experience Class. Whoever meets the criteria for one of these Canadian immigration programs, can express their interested in a Canadian PR card (permanent resident) by creating an Express Entry profile. Once you have been added to the Express Entry pool, you will be scored according to the point-based Comprehensive Ranking System. The score will determine your rank within the pool and the people with the highest scores will be invited to apply for Canadian immigration as permanent residents.

Currently, the Express Entry Program utilizes an online system through the government website for application completion and submission. The objective of this program is to improve the overall application process, and effectively select candidates who are likely to settle in Canada successfully and contribute to Canadian labour market demand.

Are You Eligible for Express Entry to Canada?

To be eligible for the Express Entry Program, applicants must qualify under one of the following immigrant categories:


2 Steps in Express Entry Canadian Immigration Process

If you meet the qualifications for the Express Entry Program, you will then be required to complete the following steps:

  1. Complete and submit an online profile; and
  2. Once you receive an invitation to apply (ITA) from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), complete your application for Permanent Residence within 90 days of your ITA.

Step 1:  Complete an Online Profile

You will need to complete an online Express Entry Profile. To do so, information regarding your education, language, employment and other relevant details will be required. It is important to provide accurate information, as this information determines the number of points you obtain under the points system also known as the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS).  

If you meet the minimum requirements, your application will be placed in a pool of other candidates, and you will be given points according to the information submitted in your Profile. Additional points will be awarded if you have a job offer, a Provincial Nomination, Canadian education or Canadian work experience.

If you do not have a job offer from a Canadian employer, upon completion of your profile, you will be required to register with the Government of Canada’s Job Bank. Once you are registered with the Job Bank, you can potentially be connected with Canadian employers.

Step 2:  Citizenship and Immigration Canada Invites You To Apply

Once successfully registered, your profile will be considered in the upcoming rounds of invitations. If your score is the same and/or higher than the minimum CRS score for that round of invitations, you will receive an ITA for permanent residence.

Once you have been invited to apply for permanent residence, you will have ninety (90) days to submit your electronic application under the particular category in which you have received an ITA.

Is There a Cap on How Many People Are Allowed for Express Entry?

There is no cap on how many people can apply for Canadian Immigration through the Express Entry program. The reason there is no cap is because the amount of diverse prospective immigrant candidate result in a range of occupations, experience and qualifications for employers to choose from to fill the void of labor market shortages. The market demand determines the success of applications for the Express Entry program as well. Depending on the demand, if an applicant is skilled in a specific market that has a shortage, that applicant will have a higher score on their Express Entry application.

How Canadian Employers Can Help Your Chances in the Pool

One of the most unique aspects of Express Entry program is that now Canadian employers can play a part in the immigration process. While part of the Express Entry system, the Canadian Government will ask the candidates to create a profile on the official Job Bank database. This allows Canadian employers who can not find a suitable native Canadian to fill a position, the ability to recruit a prospective immigration candidate. If a Canadian employer decides to offer you a job, it will increase your score in the Express Entry pool. In this way, a Canadian employer is sponsoring your application which will hen be fast tracked through the system.

Can I apply for Express Entry While I’m in Canada on a Study Permit?

Students in Canada on a study permit may apply for permanent residency while possessing a study permit. Applying for permanent residency through an Express Entry depends on whether the criteria for Express Entry is reached. The processing time for permanent residence through Express Entry must be obtained during the duration of the Canada study permit. It is very important to ensure that one’s Canada study permit is valid before applying for permanent residency.

How to Prepare for Express Entry

There are many ways to prepare for Express Entry before you put your application into the pool. Here are a few ways to help you beforehand:


  • Obtain your foreign credentials assessed according to Canadian standards
  • Study and prepare for the language exams
  • Learn about the Comprehensive Ranking System which scores your number in the Express Entry pool.
  • Execute any unfinished criminal inadmissibility or medical inadmissibility issues your application may have.

But don’t worry, we can also help you prepare for Express Entry!

How We Can Help You Immigrate to Canada Through Express Entry

The most important aspect of the Express Entry Program is to provide complete and accurate information/documentation and get an ITA. Without an invitation, you are unable to apply for permanent residence through the Express Entry Program. In order to receive an invitation, you have to be selected from a pool of applicants who are competing for an invitation. We will help prepare your application accurately and precisely before going into the pool.

Our job is to make your profile STAND OUT from the crowd. We will assess your case, highlight the best aspects of your application, and make sure that you have obtained the highest eligible score! This way, your chances of getting an invitation are maximized.

In addition, if you are selected, we are there to assist you with the complicated application process, including submitting your application in a timely manner for you to obtain your Canadian Permanent Residence.

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