Express Entry Canada

Canadian Express Entry program is a system to manage various immigration applications, that was initiated in the year 2015. There are three categories of immigration programs, varying on the country’s economic basis, through which any person intending to live while working a full-time job in Canada, can seek immigration through.

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Hence, one has to see if they meet the criteria of either Federal Skilled Worker, Canadian Experience Class, or Federal Skilled Trades programs. If the criteria are in fact met, the person can formally request through their Express Entry profile to immigrate and further become a permanent resident of Canada. The request is then met with a comprehensive scoring of the candidate on the basis of their work experience, skills, educational qualifications, language proficiency, and so on – also called Comprehensive Ranking System (a point-based system). These pointers are directly based on the factors that can help a candidate flourish as a migrant in Canada.

The score obtained decides the candidate’s rank within the pool of candidates waiting to immigrate. Those who score the highest, are sent an issues an Invitation to Apply (ITA) the by Citizenship and Immigration Canada for an expedited Canadian immigration and then a permanent residency.

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A province or territory, and even an eligible Canadian employer has the power to nominate a potential candidate from the Express Entry pool. In case of such a nomination, the person who receives a viable employment offer or an enhanced provincial nomination, gets their Express Entry score increased by a significant margin, which gives their
overall profile a major push.

The process can seem a little tedious from the surface, and it sure is too; but with the help of a decent Canadian immigration partner, you will know exactly how to build your application and boost your chances at getting selected.

Comprehensive Ranking System

The Comprehensive Ranking system [CRS] is a point based system that is used to assess and score a candidate’s profile to rank them in the Express Entry pool. Total number of points available under the Express Entry CRS is 1,200. You can get up to 1200 points based on the following criteria:

Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) Criteria – Express Entry

Summary of maximum points per factor for Express Entry candidates

A. Core / Human Capital Factors

Factors Points per factor – With a spouse or common-law partner Points per factor – Without a spouse or common-law partner
Age 100 110
Level of education 140 150
Official languages proficiency 150 160
Canadian work experience 70 80

B. Spouse Or Common-Law Partner Factors

Factors Points per factor (Maximum 40 points)
Level of education 10
Official language proficiency 20
Canadian work experience 10

A. Core/human capital + B. Spouse or common-law partner factors = Maximum 500 points (with OR without a spouse or common-law partner)

C. Skill Transferability factors (Maximum 100 points)

Education Points per factor (Maximum 50 points)
With good/strong official languages proficiency and a post-secondary degree 50
With Canadian work experience and a post-secondary degree 50


Foreign work experience Points per factor (Maximum 50 points)
With good/strong official languages proficiency (Canadian Language Benchmark [CLB] level 7 or higher)
and foreign work experience
With Canadian work experience and foreign work experience 50


Certificate of qualification (for people in trade occupations) Points per factor (Maximum 50 points)
With good/strong official languages proficiency and a certificate of qualification 50

A. Core/human capital + B. Spouse or common-law partner + C. Transferability factors = Maximum 600 points

D. Additional points (Maximum 600 points)

Factor Maximum points per factor
Post-secondary education in Canada 30
Arranged employment 200
PN nomination 600

Core/human capital + B. Spouse or common-law partner factors + C. Transferability factors + D. Additional points = Grand total – Maximum 1,200 points

Express Entry Programs

The Canadian Experience Class (CEC) is an immigration category through which Canada's foreign workers, who so wish, can become permanent residents there. Because these people have already shown that they have the proper work skills required for Canadian economy, and have settled into Canadian society, establishing themselves in their community - they are the ideal candidates to have permanent residence in the country.

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The Canadian Government and Immigration Department joined hands in the year 2013 to develop the Federal Skilled Trades Program. This step was taken so as to address the increasing shortage of skilled workforce in certain areas against the rapid growth that they were experiencing because of the increasing strength of the economy.

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The Citizenship and Immigration Canada, since 1st January 2015, has recognized the Federal Skilled Worker Program, to have its applicants apply for Canadian Visa through the Express Entry System. While this is great news, many people are still not clear about who can be considered as a Federal Skilled Worker.

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