Canada created the Express Entry system to help manage applications, shrink backlogs, and meet immigration goals and targets.  It manages applications for permanent residence for those who qualify under the Federal Skilled Worker Program, Federal Skilled Trades Program, or the Canadian experience class. This post will explain the steps involved and how you can qualify.

Express Entry steps

  1. Complete an online profile which lists your skills, work experience, language ability, education, and other information.
  2. Based on the information you provide, it will tell you if you qualify under one of the three programs listed above.
  3. If you are eligible under one of these programs, you will be placed in a pool of candidates.
  4. A system called the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) will evaluate you against the other candidates in the pool. This is based on the information you originally provided in your Express Entry profile.
  5. The government will issue Invitations to Apply (ITA) to candidates with the highest scores. Rounds of ITA’s occur randomly throughout the year.
  6. Once you are invited to apply, you have 60 days to submit an online application for permanent residence.
  7. The government will process the applications within six months.

If you have been in the pool of candidates for one year without receiving an ITA, you will need to submit a new profile.

Improve your CRS score

If you do not currently have a high score using the CRS, you can improve it in several ways:

  • Get a job offer supported by a labour market impact assessment,
  • Get nominated through a provincial/territorial program,
  • Improve your education credentials,
  • Improve your language skills in English and French.

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