What Is Express Entry?


Express Entry is a system used by the Canadian government to manage applications for Canadian permanent residence through certain economic immigration programs.

  1. The Express Entry system is used to manage applications for skilled and qualified workers.
  2. Express Entry is designed to facilitate the immigration of skilled workers to Canada “who are most likely to succeed economically”.
  3. The system boasts efficient processing times, with 80% of applications processed in 6 months or less.

Those who are eligible for one of the programs managed by Express Entry submit an entry and the Canadian government issues and successful candidates can submit an application for permanent residence. A positive result on this application will grant the applicant, and their accompanying family members, Canadian permanent resident status.

How does Express Entry works?

1. Express entry is a system to manage all applications for Canada immigration. it is a tool to manage different immigration programs in one system.

2. Applicants who meet eligibility criteria submit an online profile known as an Expression of interest (EOI), under one of three federal Canada immigration programs or a participating provincial immigration program, to the Express Entry Pool.

3. Candidates’ profiles are ranked against each other according to a points-based system called the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). The highest-ranked candidates will be considered for an invitation to apply (ITA) for permanent residence. Those receiving an ITA must quickly submit a full application and payment processing fees, within a delay of 60-days.

The following three federal programs are managed by Express Entry –

  • The Skilled Worker Program
  • The Skilled Trades Program
  • The Canadian Experience Class

Some candidates are also selected from different Provincial Nominee Program through Express Entry. Currently, Ontario, Nova-Scotia, Saskatchewan, Alberta, and Manitoba are inviting the candidates from express entry system.

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