Express Entry System: The Gateway to Your Canadian Dream

After setting the stage with an introduction to Canada’s immigration landscape, it’s time to delve deeper into one of the most sought-after and streamlined pathways: The Express Entry System.


Whether you’ve heard about it in passing or you’re completely new to the concept, this guide will unveil the intricacies of this points-based system. And if you missed our introductory post, before diving in!

What is the Express Entry System?

The Express Entry System is a modern, electronic approach to selecting and managing applications for Canadian permanent residency. Introduced in 2015, this system fast-tracks the selection of skilled workers to meet Canada’s labor market needs. Rather than a first-come, first-served model, Express Entry is more about the best fit.


Creating an Express Entry Profile

The first step to embark on the Express Entry voyage is creating a profile. This profile captures information about your age, education, work experience, language proficiency, and other vital factors. Think of it as your digital introduction to the Canadian immigration authorities.

Eligibility: Not everyone can jump straight into creating an Express Entry profile. To be eligible, one must qualify for one of the federal economic immigration programs:


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

Don’t worry, we’ll explore these programs in more detail in upcoming articles!

Understanding the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS)

Once your profile is live, it’s ranked using the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). CRS assigns points for various factors, and the better you score, the higher your chances of receiving an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residency.

CRS Point Breakdown:

Age (up to 110 points): Younger applicants may score higher, reflecting their potential longevity in the Canadian workforce.
Education (up to 150 points for single applicants; 140 with a spouse): Points are awarded based on educational level, ranging from a high school diploma to PhDs.
Work Experience (up to 80 points for single applicants; 70 with a spouse): Experience in Canada can earn you more points, but international experience also counts.
Language Proficiency (up to 160 points): Proficiency in English and French can significantly boost your score.
Other factors: This includes points for Canadian degrees, diplomas, or certificates, a valid job offer, or a provincial nomination.

Remember, the higher you score, the brighter your chances. But even if you don’t top the charts initially, there are ways to improve your score, like enhancing your language skills or gaining more work experience.

Invitation to Apply (ITA)

Every so often, Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) conducts Express Entry draws, selecting profiles with the highest CRS scores and inviting them to apply for permanent residency. If you’re among the chosen ones, congratulations! Receiving an ITA is a significant milestone. From here, you’ll need to submit a full application within 60 days, along with all supporting documents.

What’s Next?

After submitting your application, you wait. If approved, you’ll receive a Confirmation of Permanent Residence (COPR) and an entry visa if you’re outside Canada. Once in Canada, you’ll be on your path to becoming a Canadian citizen!

In Conclusion

The Express Entry System is a dynamic pathway, constantly evolving with Canada’s labor market needs. While the journey might seem intricate, with preparation and determination, it’s absolutely attainable.

For a deeper dive into the specific economic programs tied to Express Entry, stay tuned for our upcoming articles. And if you’re keen on exploring other immigration pathways, check out Introduction to Canadian Immigration: Your Pathway to a New Life to set your compass right!