The Canada Express Entry Program is the Canadian government’s online selection system for Canada immigration. It’s a completely electronic process used to manage applications that is designed specifically for selecting skilled and qualified candidates for Canadian immigration. The process involves Provincial, Federal governments, and Canadian employers. The express entry process is unique with efficient processing times, with 80% of applications processed in 6 months or less and has brought a big transformation to the way Canada chooses skilled immigrants for immigration to Canada.
Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) started the Express Entry Program effectively from 1st January 2015. This allows the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to draw eligible candidates to apply for the process of Canada permanent residency.
The eligible candidates can submit an Expression of Interest (EOI). For EOI, the candidate needs to create an online Express Entry profile and enter into the Express Entry Pool, where they will have a score towards the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS).
Candidates will be assigned a score out of 1,200 under the CRS. This score is utilised to rank the federal economic candidates to apply for immigration to Canada. Candidates have an option to improve their rankings and increase their chances of receiving an Invitation to Apply (ITA).
IRCC performs the draw twice or thrice every month from this pool of candidates, where the top-ranked candidates will receive an ITA accordingly.
The use of CRS is not a selection criterion but it’s a ranking system for eligible candidates under the three primary immigration programs of Canada, “Federal Skilled Worker Class, Federal Skilled Trades Class, and Canadian Experience Class”.
Want to check your eligibility for Express Entry? Check whether your skills meet the eligibility criteria for the Express Entry System by filling our online assessment form.
FOR AN INDIVIDUAL TO BE ASSESSED UNDER THE FSWP,FSTP, CEC, OR ELIGIBLE PNP, THE CANDIDATE MUST FIRST PASS THROUGH THE EXPRESS ENTRY PROCESS.