The Federal Express Entry (EE) Program

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Express Entry program is designed for skilled workers with foreign work experience who would like to immigrate to Canada. It chooses skilled workers based on their skills and capability to contribute to Canada’s economy.

Express Entry takes applications for three economic immigration programs:

  • Federal Skilled Worker Program

  • Federal Skilled Trades Program

  • Canadian Experience Class

To meet local labour market needs, provinces and territories can also recruit skilled workers from the Express Entry pool through the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP).

 If you choose Express Entry, you must plan to live outside the province of Quebec because Quebec province selects its own skilled workers.

 

Eligibility

(1) Federal Skilled Worker Program

    a. Meet federal skilled workers minimum requirements

    b. Work experience requirement: at least 1 year of continuous paid work (or 1,560 hours total) experience

in the same type of job [have the same National Occupational Classification (NOC)] as your primary occupation within the last 10 years at skill type 0, A or B.

  • Managerial jobs (skill type 0)

  • Professional jobs (skill level A)

  • Technical jobs and skilled trades (skill level B)

    c. Language requirement: Have a minimum score of Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 7 in all 4 abilities: writing, reading, listening, speaking in an approved language tests of English or French within the last 2 years.

    d. Education requirement: Have a certificate, diploma or degree from a Canadian secondary institution (high school) or post-secondary institution. If you have foreign education, you must have a completed credential and an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) report from an approved organization showing that your foreign education is equal to a completed certificate, diploma or degree from a Canadian secondary (high school) or post-secondary institution.

    e. Meet the pass mark of 67 points in the 100-point grid.

    f. Proof of funds 

(2) Federal Skilled Trades Program

    a. Meet federal trades minimum requirements

    b. Work experience requirement:

    c. Language requirement: Have a minimum score of Canadian Language Benchmark 5 for speaking and listening, and Canadian Language Benchmark 4 for reading and writing in an approved language tests of English or French within the last 2 years.

    d. Proof of funds.

(3) Canadian Experience Class

    a. Work experience requirement: 

​   b. Language requirement: ​Have the minimum language level of Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 7 for NOC 0 or A jobs or CLB 5 for NOC B jobs in an approved language tests of English or French within the last 2 years.

Procedures

1. Prepare the documents 

2. Enter the candidates pool of Express Entry

3. Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS)

The CRS is a points-based system that  is used to assess and score the profile and rank it in the Express Entry pool. The score is based on factors like skills, education, language ability, work experience, Canadian degress, diplomes or certificates, a valid job offer, a nomination from a province or territory and other factors.

4. Receive an invitation and ready to appy for permanent residence

From time to time, IRCC send invitations to the highest-ranking candidates in the pool. If you are the ​lucky one to be invited, you can apply for permanent residence.