How Does Express Entry Work?


Before the new Express Entry system came into effect, we could only predict how much it would affect Canadian immigration.

However, four months in, it’s safe to say that Express Entry has revolutionized immigration in Canada for the better. Thousands of candidates have already received invitations to apply for Canadian permanent residence.

If you’re interested in applying for Express Entry, we’re going to detail everything you need to know below.

*Do you want to apply for the Express Entry Program?*

The VisaPlace Express Entry Application Service will get you in to the pool quickly and with a profile that gives you the best chance of being selected.

Check your eligibility for Canadian Express Entry

Express Entry Eligibility

If you’re eligible for any of Canada’s main federal economic immigration programs, you’ll be able to submit your online profile for Express Entry. These include:

  • The Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP)
  • The Federal Skilled Trades Program (FTWP)
  • The Canadian Experience Class
  • A portion of Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs)

For more information on how PNPs work, check out this blog from.

Create Your Online Profile

Once you’ve checked your eligibility, the first step is to create your online Express Entry profile. You will need to provide information including:

  • Your age and basic information
  • Skills
  • Relevant work experience,
  • Your language ability,
  • Qualifications and educational background
  • Any other information that will aid your assessment

Upon completion of your profile (providing you meet all the eligibility requirements), you will be submitted into a pool of candidates, and ranked according to the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS).

Register with the Job Bank

If you have a qualifying job offer or provincial nomination from a province or territory, you can ignore this next step.

According to Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC): “Anyone who does not already have a job offer supported by a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) (if you need one), or a nomination from a province or territory, must register with Employment and Social Development Canada’s (ESDC) Job Bank. The Job Bank will help connect Express Entry candidates with eligible employers in Canada.”

Express Entry Pool Explained

The Comprehensive Ranking System will score you up to 600 points for various human capital factors. An additional 600 points are awarded to those who receive a job offer or Provincial Nomination (PNP).

Candidates who enter the pool and score highly enough will then be selected based on regular ‘draws’ by the Canadian government, with those selected being invited to apply for Canadian permanent residence.

These draws always require candidates to score a certain number of points, which could be anything from over 700 (meaning that candidates require either a job offer or provincial nomination), to significantly lower (with one draw so far only requiring 469 CRS points)

According to Citizenship and Immigration Canada: “Rounds of invitations to invite candidates to apply will take place regularly over the course of each year. We will only pick the top ranking candidates no matter when they are accepted into the pool.”

Are You Interested in Applying for Express Entry?

The most important aspect of the Express Entry program is to get an invitation to apply for permanent residence. Our job is to make you STAND OUT from the crowd. We will assess your case, highlight the best aspects of your application, and make sure that the government notices you! This way, your chances of getting an invitation are maximized.

Call us today for an assessment to see if you are eligible for Express Entry to Canada, or fill out our online assessment form.

Michael Niren

About Michael Niren

Michael is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Association’s Citizenship and Immigration Section and the Associate Member of the American Bar Association. Read more

  • jojo

    The site is educative and sounds compelling to engage the service.Just to ask,do i have to do an ECA before applying for the express entry? or it comes later.

    • Immigration Lawyer (rachel)

      Hi Jojo,

      Thank you for contacting us at VisaPlace! You will likely want to do an ECA before applying and include it in your Express Entry profile. This way it will be considered as a way to increase your eligibility. Hiring an immigration lawyer will help you get answers to all of your questions, plus it will increase the chance of getting a visa approved. Please, complete this form for me it is just a quick and easy way for me to learn more details about your situation so that I will be able to advise you accurately and determine the best avenue for us to take to give you the best legal advice.

      The above response is for informational purposes only and does not form a lawyer-client relationship nor should it be construed to be legal advice.

  • Kuljit

    My name is Kuljit
    I just want to know if I have 400+ points and want to apply under Ontario PNP
    I have to apply separately for it or I have to just enter the pool. I mean how I would be able to get Pnp points? They select candidate from pool or I can apply for Pnp??

    • Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello Kuljit. When you create your Express Entry profile, you must indicate that you want all the PNP programs reviewed. If you need help with your application to make sure that you are not making any mistakes, and so that you will have a legal team taking care of all the matters that may arise, then please contact us to book a consultation with one of our immigration professionals. You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-855-886-8472 or online at
      Regards, Muga

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