Express Entry is a collection system for Canadian immigration, designed to choose skilled workers for immigration to Canada. Express Entry is an entirely electronic process involving the federal government, provincial governments, and Canadian employers of labor.


Stages in Express Entry:

  1. Potential candidates must complete an online Express Entry profile.
  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 called the ‘Comprehensive Ranking System’. Points are awarded using the information in their profile.


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

–      Age,

–      Education

–      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(LMIA), or

–      a recommendation by a province/territory


These additional points will make a candidate rank high enough to earn a call for an application at the next eligible round of invitations.


If someone is invited to apply, they have 60 days to submit an online application for permanent residence.


Citizenship and Immigration Canada(CIC) will process the majority of complete applications in six months or less.


Applicants can stay in the pool for up to 12 months. If they do not get an invite to apply for permanent residence within 12 months of tendering an Express Entry profile, they may submit a new profile. If they still meet the conditions, they can re-enter the pool. This will ensure there are no backlogs and help with quick processing times.


With all this said and done, someone can work on his application to always improve their CRS scores by either improving on their IELTS Scores, Experience, Validated Job Offer, Nomination from Province which will help an individual in getting the ITA to proceed further.


The decision is now solely yours!


For further information, you could refer to Canada’s official migration website here



The first step for candidate is to complete an online form stating his/her skills,



You are expected to undergo a selection factor assessment to determine your eligibility for the Federal Skill worker’s Programme. You’ll be graded based on the score factor of 100. When you score 67 points or higher you will be qualified to submit your profile to the Express Entry Pool where you are graded on the comprehensive ranking system.


If you don’t score up to 67 points, you will need to improve on the following to get a higher grade:

  • Language skill
  • Completing another degree/certificate programme
  • Get an offer of arranged employment in Canada


The 5 parameters upon which you are graded for points are:

  • Education points
  • Language skills points
  • Age points
  • Work experience points
  • Adaptability points


  1. For language skills (in English and French) points you can garner a maximum score of 28 points. Having a required score for those who are bilingual in both English and French greatly improve your total score. You must get a minimum score of CLB(Canadian Language Benchmarks) 7(6 for IELTS) for 1 official language in all 4 test areas. Find out more about language testing and how to get tested.
  2. For your education qualification, you can also score maximum points of 25. You have an advantage if you completed part of your studies in Canada. If you have a foreign education, you must present an Educational Credential Assessment report from an approved agency. You will be expected to include your Canadian or foreign credential and Educational Credential Assessment when you apply.
  3. Work experience has a maximum point score of 15.
  4. For age, there are 12 maximum points. This is counted from the day you submitted your application.
  5. Arranged employment in Canada grants a 10 maximum score. It only counts if you had an employment offer from a Canadian employer in the last 1 year.
  6. For adaptability, you get a maximum score of 10. Adaptability simply refers to your spouse language skill, your past education in Canada, your partner’s past education in Canada, your previous work experience in Canada and your partners previous working experience in Canada.



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