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Express Entry in 5 Steps

What is Express Entry?

Understand this first:Express Entry is simply an online system that the Government of Canada uses to manage applications for permanent residence.

In order to use the online Express Entry permanent residence application system,you have to be eligible under one of the three economic immigration programs- the Federal Skilled Worker Program ,Canadian Experience Class or the Federal Skilled Trades Program.

You don’t have to spend money on language tests and foreign degree assessments to find out if you are eligible under one of the three programs. Use the table below to do your own initial assessment.

Step 1:

Check if you are eligible for one of the three economic immigration programs.

Federal Skilled Worker

  • Have at least 1-year continuous and paid full- time professional work experience(or an equal amount of part-time work experience) in the last 10 years
  • Intermediate to High English or French
  • Minimum Secondary Education
  • Proof of Funds for you and your family to settle in Canada is required unless you have a valid Canadian job offer or are authorised to work in Canada.

Canadian Experience Class

  • Have at least 1- year Canadian professional full-time work
    experience(or an equal amount of part-time work experience)
    in the last 3 years
  • Intermediate High- or Intermediate English/French depending on Occupation
  • No minimum Education Requirement

Federal Skilled Trade

  • Have at least 2 years of full-time work
    experience (or an equal amount of part-time work experience) in a skilled tradein
    the last 5 years
  • Have a valid Canadian job offer for at least one year (OR)
    have a certificate of qualification issued by a Canadian, provincial, territorial or federal
  • Basic-Intermediate English or French
  • No minimum Education requirement
  • Proof of Funds for you and your family to settle in Canada is required unless you have a valid Canadian job offer or are authorised to work in Canada.

Step 2:

If you are eligible under one of the three economic programs, get your foreign degree evaluated and take your language tests.

Step 3:

Calculate your Comprehensive Ranking Score (CRS). Use the Government of Canada tool to calculate your CRS http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/immigrate/skilled/crs-tool.asp

Step 4:

Check the Government of Canada website for the last few months CRS score. Currently the Government of Canada is sending out Invitation to apply for a permanent residence to applicants whose CRS score is 440 and above. If you get a CRS score of 440 or above- Submit your online profile by creating your account. Follow the steps outlined here https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/application/account.html. If you do not qualify for Express Entry programs, there are other options to immigrate to Canada through the Provincial Nominee Programs. Contact me at psankarapapa@desloges.ca for an assessment.

Step 5:

This is the waiting period. The Government of Canada generally conducts two monthly draws and sends out invitation to apply(ITA) to applicants who have the minimum CRS passing score.

If your CRS score is 440 or above you have a good chance of getting an invitation to apply for permanent residence.

Immediately after creating your profile, start collecting the following documents: Police certificates, Birth Certificate, Marriage Certificate (where applicable), proof of relationship to a relative in Canada (where applicable), and get your documents that are not in English or French translated by an official translator. If your passport has a validity period of less than 6 months, renew your passport.

When you receive an invitation to apply, go for your medical examination immediately. Also, start filling in the online application for permanent residence. You only have 60 days from the time of receiving your invitation to apply to submit your complete permanent residence application and pay the applicable government processing fees.

If your permanent residence application is complete and approved, you will receive a Confirmation of Permanent Residence (COPR) and a permanent resident visa (if you’re from a country that requires a visa). When you arrive in Canada you must have your valid passport, your COPR and your PR visa (if applicable) and proof of funds with you. Good Luck .