What is Express Entry?
Overview of Express Entry
Many aspirants assume Express Entry is a new immigration program. This is not the case. In simple terms, it is a new electronic system that Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) uses to manage and select applications for permanent residence under 3 programs that were already in existence for several years:
How does it work?
You can follow our step-by-step guide to apply under the Express Entry systemhere.
- You need first to be eligible to at least 1 of the 3 programs: FSW, CEC, or FST.
- If you are eligible, you can then create a profile with your personal information and qualifications. You will be attributed a score (1200 Points) based on the information given. The Express Entry score is constructed following the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS), that uses, amongst other factors, your professional experience, educational credentials, language skills, if you have a qualifying job offer or a provincial nomination or have family in Canada. It is possible to boost your score and the likelihood to receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA), you can check how to improve your CRS score. For more information on how the CRS score is calculated, follow our guide.
- Express Entry draws are operated periodically (generally every 2 weeks, sometimes 3 or 4 weeks) by IRCC. You will receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) only if you score is above the one given in the draw. If you received an ITA, you will then have 60 days to complete your application online, include your supporting documents and pay your fees.