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Immigrate as Skilled Worker through Express Entry System

Canada choose skilled immigrants as permanent residents based on their ability to settle in Canada and take part in Canadian economy. The Express Entry system evaluates how people with skilled work experience can apply to immigrate to Canada.

Canada uses the Express Entry System to manage applications for permanent residence for these following programs:

  1. Federal Skilled Worker Program

  2. Federal Skilled Trades Program

  3. Canadian Experience Class

Provinces and territories can also recruit candidates from the Express Entry pool through the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) to meet local labour market needs.


There are two steps to apply to the Express Entry system:


Step 1: Create your Express Entry Profile

  1. Skills

  2. Education

  3. Language ability

  4. Work Experience

  5. Other details


The information in your profile will help Canada sees if you are eligible for an immigration program managed by Express Entry. If you meet the criteria, the Government will accept you into the pool of candidates.


Step 2: Canada invites the highest-ranking candidates in the pool to apply for permanent residence


Candidates will be ranked in the Express Entry pool using a points-based system called the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS).

The CRS gives you a score from the information in your profile, including your:

  1. skills

  2. education

  3. language ability

  4. work experience

  5. other factors

You can also get points for:

  • Canadian degrees, diplomas or certificates

  • a valid job offers

  • a nomination from a province or territory

The Government of Canada will send invitations to apply to the candidates with the highest scores in the pool. If they invite you to apply, you will have 60 days to submit an online application for permanent residence.

The Government will process most complete applications that have all the supporting documents in six months or less.

You can stay in the pool for up to 12 months as long as you meet the criteria for one of the federal programs. You should update your profile anytime as your circunstance changes.

If the Government of Canada doesn’t invite you to apply for permanent residence within 12 months of submitting an Express Entry profile, you can submit a new profile. If you still meet the criteria, you will re-enter the pool.


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