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By: Aline Nguyen, Apex Migration

Express Entry, implemented in January 2015, is a system used by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to select skilled immigrants to become permanent residents of Canada under the following federal economic immigration programs:

  • Federal Skilled Worker Class
  • Federal Skilled Trades Class
  • Canadian Experience Class
  • Provinces and territories can also recruit candidates from the Express Entry system through their Provincial Nominee Programs to meet local labour market needs.

Express Entry Process

Online Express Entry profile

Completing an online profile that provides information about your skills, work experience, language ability, education and other details helps with your assessment.

Candidates who meet the criteria of one of the federal economic immigration programs listed above will be accepted into the Express Entry pool until they receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) from IRCC.

If you don’t have a job offer, or a nomination from a province or territory, you must register with Canada’s Job Bank. The Job Bank will help connect Express Entry candidates with eligible employers in Canada.

Candidates are also encouraged to promote themselves to employers by using job boards and recruiters.

Improve your profile and ranking

Becoming eligible for one of the federal economic immigration programs is the first step towards immigration to Canada through the Express Entry program. If you are not currently eligible, you may strive to advance your overall ranking (CRS points) by improving your skills, language, education, work experience, or by having a valid job offer supported by an LMIA (Labour Market Impact Assessment) if required.

You can earn additional points for study in Canada. A valid job offer only needs to be for one year, and some job offers no longer need an LMIA.

Contact us to make sure you are eligible before completing the online profile. It is important that the information provided on Express Entry profile online is accurate to avoid being disqualified with false information from re-entering the pool over a number of years.

Invitation to Apply for Permanent Residence

The highest-ranking candidates (considered to have the highest chances of economic success in Canada) in the pool will be invited to apply. The candidate then has 90 days to submit an online application for permanent residence.

Candidates in the Express Entry pool are ranked against others using a point-based system called the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) based on the candidate’s…

  • skill and experience;
  • accompanying spouse or common-law, if applicable; and
  • provincial nomination or a qualifying offer of arranged employment.

Application processing time is within six months from the submission date.

Ensure you have completed and submitted all necessary documents within the time frame. On completion of the process, successful candidates and their dependents (spouse and children) will land in Canada as permanent residents.

Candidates in the Express Entry pool who do not receive an Invitation to Apply for permanent residence in Canada after 12 months may resubmit their profile and if they still meet the criteria they can re-enter the pool.


Source: CIC news

Lowest Ever Express Entry CRS Threshold in April Draw

CIC news reported the lowest ever Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) point requirement was reached in the latest draw in Canada’s Express Entry immigration selection system. More and more Express Entry candidates for immigration to Canada are receiving Invitations to Apply (ITAs) for permanent residence, and the number of Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points required has decreased to a new record low of 415 in the April 19 draw. A total of 3,665 candidates received an ITA in this draw.

This is the third draw to have taken place so far this month. In total, 11,341 ITAs have been issued over these three most recent draws, and the number of ITAs issued so far this year (35,973) now surpasses the number issued over the entire year of 2016 (33,782).

At the same time, the CRS requirement has tumbled from 497 just over four months ago to a threshold of 415 today — the sixth occasion so far this year in which a new record low has been reached. As a result, there is now a greater range and diversity of candidates being invited for permanent residence.

The busy start to the second quarter of this year follows a stellar first quarter; if the first three weeks of April are any indication, it may well be the case that the number of ITAs issued through the spring months and into summer could eventually surpass the number issued over the opening quarter of the year.

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Aline Xuân Uyên

Aline xuân Uyên is an immigration specialist in Canadian immigration services with more than 12 years of experience in the field. She is a member of ICCRC (Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council) ID# R416447. Contact her at Apex Migration Services 416-679-8898.