Express Entry into Canada

The Express Entry system is the first step to immigrate to Canada under the existing economic immigration programmes.  It is not a new category, but a system of managing applications.

How Express Entry Works

Express Entry will manage applications for permanent residence under :

Provinces and territories will also be able to recruit candidates from the Express Entry system through their Provincial Nominee Programs to meet local labour market needs.

There will be no caps on the number of candidates that will be accepted to the pool. Anyone can apply as long as they qualify under one of the above programmes.

Anyone who is accepted into the Express Entry pool could get an Invitation to Apply for permanent residence. Draws to invite candidates to apply are expected to take place at regular intervals over the course of each year.

 The first draw took place the end of January 2015 and will be done on a monthly basis.

CIC will pick the top ranking candidates and from the pool and grant them an invitation to apply.

The Express Entry system has two steps:

Step 1) We will complete your online Express Entry profile

This is a secure form that will include information about your

  • skills,
  • work experience,
  • language ability,
  • education, and
  • other details that will help us assess them.

Those who meet the criteria of one of the federal immigration programs listed above will be accepted into a pool of candidates.

Candidates will also be registered with Employment and Social Development Canada’s (ESDC) Job Bank.  The Job Bank will help  to connect you  with eligible employers in Canada. We will also promote you in other ways, such as using job boards, recruiters  so that employers will know that you have an interest in immigrating to Canada.

Step 2) The highest-ranking candidates in the pool will be invited to apply for permanent residence

Candidates will be ranked against others in the pool using a point-based system called the Comprehensive Ranking System. Points are awarded using the information in your profile.

Candidates with the highest scores in the pool will be issued an Invitation to Apply. Candidates will be awarded points for:

  • a job offer, and/or
  • a nomination from a province or territory, and/or
  • skills and experience factors.

A candidate can get additional points for:

  • a job offer supported by a Labour Market Impact Assessment, or
  • a nomination by a province or territory

These additional points will make a candidate rank high enough to be invited to apply at the next eligible draw of candidates.

If you are granted an invited to apply, we will submit your application and supporting documents within 60 days on your behalf.

Citizenship and Immigration Canada will then process the majority of complete applications (meaning those with all the necessary supporting documents) in six months or less.

Candidates can stay in the pool for up to 12 months. If you do not get an Invitation to Apply for permanent residence within 12 months of submitting an Express Entry profile, you may need to submit a new profile. If you  still meet the criteria, you  can re-enter the pool and be considered for Permanent residence.

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