Canadian Express Entry

All You Need To Know About Canadian Express Entry


For several years the Canadian Government has been offering opportunity for immigrants to relocate to Canada. One of the ways this is done is through Canadian Express Entry.

In this article we will explore the Canadian Express Entry and how it works.

What is Canadian Express Entry?

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 It is an online system that is used to manage applications for permanent residence.  It is used to process most of the Canadian immigration applications for skilled and qualified workers desiring to relocate to Canada.

Types of Canadian Express Entry

The Canadian Express Entry has three major economic immigration programs. They are :

  • Federal Skilled Worker (FSW) – This program is basically for skilled workers with work experience who desires to immigrate to Canada for permanent residency.
  • Federal Skilled Trades (FST) – This Program is for skilled workers who desires permanent residency based on being qualified in a skilled trade.
  •  Canadian Experience Class (CEC) – This program is for skilled workers with Canadian work experience and desires to become a permanent residents.

Canadian Express Entry Eligibility

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Before applying for Canadian Express Entry, you are required to check for eligibility. This can be done here   .

Once eligibility have been confirmed, you can submit an Expression of Interest (EOI), which also referred to as a profile, to the Express Entry system. Once your profile is submitted, you are automatically assigned a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score.

The Canadian government conducts a biweekly draw where they issue Invitations to Apply (ITAs). This is for Canadian permanent residence to the highest-ranking profiles in the pool of Canadian Express Entry candidates. Upon receiving an ITA, candidates can then submit a completed application for Canadian permanent residence, which will be processed within four to six months.

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How Much Does Canadian Express Entry Cost ?

Throughout the Canadian Express Entry process, there are certain cost a candidate can expect to incur.

Below are the list of documents required

  • language proficiency tests
  • Educational credentials
  • Police reports
  • Medical exams
  • Certified translations, etc

 Government Processing Fees

 The Canadian government charges fees in order to process permanent resident applications and documentation. Check here for more details 

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What Are My Chances Of Canadian Express Entry Success?

You stand a better chance of success for any of the Express Entry programs when you get a good score from Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). It is impossible to predict how the CRS scores an individual. Note: The application process is lengthy, complex, and is constantly changing. Approval is at the discretion of Immigration refuge citizenship Canada (IRCC). So there is always a risk of an applicant not receiving permanent residence. However you are advised to always check the Canadian Immigration Website for up to date information.

Can My Family Members Join Me Through Express Entry?

Canadian Express Entry programs allow applicants to apply individually, or accompanied by their spouse or common-law partner and dependent children. Adding additional parties may affect a person’s CRS score slightly.

What Documents Do I Need For Canadian Express Entry?

The required documents vary depending on the program you apply for. You will be required to provide valid travel documents, a passport, as well as results from an approved language. The requirements may vary for each of the Express Entry program. Get more details here

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Do I Need To Take IELTS Test For Canadian Express Entry?

All candidates for Canadian Express Entry must demonstrate proficiency in any of the Canadian official languages, which either English or French. To do this, they must provide results from an approved language test taken within the past two years.


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