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Express Entry

Announced in 2015, Express Entry is an online grouping system developed by the Canadian government. This program was developed for permanent residency applications and uses the same standards, regardless of language, origin, nationality or ethnicity. The motive for Express Entry is to attract skilled workers who can help Canada’s economy and society. 

Express Entry is divided into three categories:

Provincial governments are also qualified to utilize Express Entry to fill local labor market shortages. The name of this express entry program is called – Provincial Nominee Programs (PNP). 

How does Entry work?

The first step before completing an express entry profile is to determine if you are eligible for the program. Several of the questions involved in the preliminary qualification questionnaire are:

  • What is your home country?
  • What are your language skills?
  • What are your background skills?
  • What is your work experience?
  • How many family members do you have?
  • Questions regarding family members, income and net worth.

It is important to note that all responses must be accurate and truthful. 

The second step is to prepare the required documentation. These documents will likely include your passport or similar travel documents, language test results, a police / public safety certification certificate, medical examination results, and proof of funds.  

Express Entry uses a point-based system called the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) to rank in the Express Entry applicants. Your score is based on your profile’s information. 

Under express entry, the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) positions applicants in the pool given their skills, job offer, provincial nomination, individual profile, and dialect abilities. The candidate with the highest number of points is invited to apply for permanent residency. A CRS draw by Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is performed every two weeks. An express applicant has the opportunity to stay in the pool for a year, however, if an ITA is not issued within 12 months, they are expected to create a new profile and re-enter the pool.

Once an ITA is issued, you have 90 days to submit your complete residency application which is required to include all supporting documents. IRCC processes an estimated 80% of applications within six months or less.