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Canada Express Entry Process

Canada Express Entry Process


Express Entry Program

Canadian Permanent Resident Visa is one of the hottest topics among immigrants from all around the world. The most popular route to apply for a PR Visa for Canada is through the Express Entry Program.

The Express Entry Program is not a visa in itself. Rather, it is an application management system that manages applications for the economic immigration programs of Canada. These are:

  1. FSWP (Federal Skilled Worker Program)
  2. FSTP (Federal Skilled Trades Program)
  3. CEC (Canadian Experience Class)

The program was first introduced in January 2015. To apply, you must first and foremost be eligible for one of the programs above.

Express Entry Process


Eligibility Requirements

Eligibility requirements of FSWP (Federal Skilled Worker Program)

  • You must have at least one year of work experience or an equivalent amount in part-time in any occupation in the NOC 0, A, or B category.
  • You must have a language proficiency score of at least CLB 7
  • You must have completed an education equivalent to a Canadian High School diploma
  • You must score at least 67 points out of 100 on the FSWP points grid
  • You must have sufficient funds to support yourself and your family in Canada

Eligibility requirements of FSTP (Federal Skilled Trades Program)

  • You must have at least two-year experience or an equivalent in part-time in a skilled trade
  • You must meet all the skill requirements of the trade as per the NOC
  • You must have a language proficient score of at least CLB4 or higher
  • You must have a valid job offer from Canada or a Certificate of Qualification in a skilled trade issued by a province or territory in Canada

Eligibility requirements of CEC (Canadian Experience Class)

  • You must have at least 1 year of work experience in Canada in the last 3 years. Your work experience must be full-time or an equivalent amount in part-time.
  • Your work experience must be in a job in the NOC 0, A, or B category
  • You must meet the language requirement. For jobs in the NOC 0 and A category, you must have a language score of CLB 7 or above. For jobs in the NOC B category, you must have a language score of CLB 5 or above.

Proof of funds

You will need to show funds according to the size of the family. Those who have a valid job offer from Canada are exempt from this requirement. CEC candidates also do not need to show proof of funds.

Candidates who meet the eligibility requirements of any one of the above programs can apply under the Express Entry Program.

To apply, you must first create your profile online. Based on the information in the online profile, every candidate is assigned a score. The score is calculated on attributes like age, education, work experience, language skills, and other parameters using the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). The Comprehensive Ranking System awards points out of 1200 to each attribute.

Eligible applicants are then placed in the Express Entry Pool. Based on the CRS score, each candidate is ranked before an invitation round takes place. The ranking is dynamic and may change as more candidates enter the pool or leave the pool.

The table below will let you know how much funds you need:
Number of Family Members Required Funds (Canadian Dollars)
1 (Single applicant) $12,960
2 $16,135
3 $19,836
4 $24,083
5 $27,315
6 $30,806
7 $34,299
For each additional family member, add $3,492
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The higher your CRS score, the higher your rank would be. The highest-ranking candidates receive invitations from the IRCC to apply for Canada PR Visa.

Have you checked out your CRS score? Schedule an appointment with Niyama Immigration today to understand your eligibility to migrate to Canada.

A portion of the Provincial Nominee Programs in Canada is also linked to the Express Entry Program. Though the Express Entry aligned PNPs, provinces are able to directly nominate candidates who meet the labour market needs of that particular province. It is also a win-win situation for the candidate as getting a provincial nomination adds 600 more points to your CRS score. That is half of all the CRS score that you can earn which means that in the next invitation round you are bound to get an ITA (Invitation to Apply) for Canada PR.

If you know your CRS score and feel that you are not scoring enough, then going through a PNP could be a very good option. However, you may not qualify for all PNPs as they have unique eligibility requirements. Choose one where you meet the eligibility requirements. Niyama Immigration can help you choose the best PNP option according to your background.

Once you receive an invitation through the Express Entry Program, you get 60 days to submit a completed Canada PR application. Along with other supporting documents, you must also submit your medicals and police clearance certificates. The IRCC (Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada) reviews your application and verifies all the documents. Once you clear the verification, you are then asked to submit your passport for Canada PR Visa stamping. The whole process can take anywhere between 6 to 10 months.

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