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Everything you need to know about Canada Express Entry Program

Canada's express entry program is for organizing and processing the applications of the immigrants who want Canada’s PR visa. It is an application management system that is regarded as the best for skilled immigrants in the country of Canada.

It was introduced in the year 2015. It helps in processing the applications of the immigrants who have applied via –

If the immigrants meet the criteria of any of the abovementioned programs, then their profiles are submitted in this express entry pool.

The profiles are ranked using a point-based system – a comprehensive ranking system. The profiles with the highest ranks will be invited to apply for the Canadian PR. You need to apply within 60 days and it generally takes around six months to process the same.

Eligibility for the Canada Express Entry Program

The eligibility criteria to apply for the Canada Express Entry program are as follows –

  • The minimum point requirement under the FSWP point assignment grid is 67 points out of 100.
  • Under Canada’s National Occupation Classification (NOC), the candidate needs to have at least one year of experience in any of the skilled occupations, under skill level 0, A, or B.
  • In all four categories of IELTS, you need to score at least 6 per band.
  • Your educational qualification must be at least up to secondary or post-secondary level. You must get an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) by an assessing body post-authorization.
  • You have to provide your income details to prove that you can support yourself and any family member in Canada.

Express Entry Points Calculations For Canada PR Visa

6 factors are checked for rewarding the points. They are –

  • Language ability with a maximum of 28 points – 24 points for proficiency in the first language and 4 more points for knowing the second language.
  • Education comes second on the list with a maximum of 25 points. You can get all the 25 points if you have a doctoral degree. While the one having just a secondary education degree can have 5 points.
  • Then there is Work experience for which 15 points are awarded at a max. If you are having more than 6 years of experience then you can get 15 points.
  • Another 12 points are being awarded for the age of the candidate. They can get all 12 points if they are between 18 years to 35 years. However, if above 35 years, then with the increase in age, the points decrease.
  • The next 10 points are awarded when the candidate can have a valid employment offer from a Canadian employer.
  • Finally, there are 10 points for adaptability which depends on your spouse if you are moving to the country together. It depends on your spouse’s qualifications.

You can use the CRS calculator for calculating these points. It is available on our website. Once the score has been achieved, you can create the profile for Express entry and submit it to the pool. Then wait for the CRS to rank your profile according to the points and other factors.

To calculate your CRS score, click here…

Process of Canada Express Entry Program

Process of Canada Express Entry Program

Firstly, the candidate needs to evaluate and calculate the 67 points.

Create your profile for the Express Entry program

You can also create a Job Bank Profile. This helps the employers search for your profile looking for similar skills. This step is optional.

If your profile ranks higher as per CRS then you will get ITA.

You need to apply for receiving the ITA to the IRCC

You need to apply with all the documents required. You can submit the application and the documents within 60 days of receiving the ITA.

Then wait for 4 to 5 months. If the application gets accepted, then you will receive your Confirmation for Permanent Residency.

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What is Canada Express Entry processing time?

IRCC reports that 80% of applications for PR visas submitted by Express Entry are processed within 6 months of their receipt. This is the application submitted once the applicant receives an ITA and prepares their formal application for permanent residence.

This processing time does not take into account the time it takes to prepare an Express Entry profile, request, and receive a provincial appointment (if applicable), etc.

Fee Structure for the Express Entry program

The fee structure is as follows –

  • ECA fees – 227 CAD to 322 CAD
  • IELTS fees –250 CAD

Government Fees

  • Application processing fees – 825 CAD
  • Right of Permanent Residence fees – 500 CAD
  • Include a dependent child/children – 225 CAD

Other Fees

  • Medical – 70 CAD approx.
  • PCC –10 CAD

Other than this, you must also be required to show some proof of funds. These funds are required if you are applying through FST and FSW. If you have a valid job-offer OR application through CEC, you are exempted from this requirement.

Following table shows the current settlement funds required for Canada PR Visa (Updated on January 1, 2020):

Number of Family Members Required Funds (In-CAD)
1 $12,960
2 $16,135
3 $19,836
4 $24,083
5 $27,315
6 $30,806
7 $34,299
For each additional family member, add $3,492

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Frequently Asked Questions

It is a mandatory requirement for a candidate to prove their language proficiency in English to be eligible for express entry program. You have to score a minimum of 6 per band in IELTS in all four abilities – Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking.

  • Police Clearance Certificate
  • Medical Certificate
  • Traveling documents, birth certificates, marriage certificates, etc.
  • Proof of funds

You have to score a minimum of 67 points out of 100, to be eligible for the express entry program. Following table illustrates how points are awarded in the 67 points calculator:

Factors Minimum points required
Age 12
Language Proficiency 25
Education 25
Work Experience 15
Adaptability 10
Arranged Employment 10

You are not required to upload your documents while creating the express entry profile, but you are required to enter the details of the following documents:

  • Traveling documents
  • Language test results
  • ECA report
  • Provincial Nomination (if applicable)
  • Job-offer letter (if applicable)

Once you get the ITA, you have to submit the following documents:

  • Medical Certificates
  • Police Clearance Certificates
  • Proof of funds

Express entry program is an online application management system. You can apply for Canada PR Visa through express entry program by following simple steps:

  • Step 1: Check your eligibility
  • Step 2: Prepare your documents
  • Step 3: Create your express entry profile
  • Step 4: Get your ITA

Once you get an ITA you have to fill the application forms and upload the required documents. IRCC will then assess your application for Canada PR Visa and on a successful evaluation, you will get your Confirmation of Permanent Residence (COPR)

You are free to apply for Express Entry or PR Canada on your own. However, there are countless avenues for permanent residents, several required documents, and specific rules. It is advisable to use the services of reputable immigration consultants to maximize the success rate of your application.

The Canada PR visa does not require that the spouse’s IELTS score be offered by the
applicant. However, if offered, it will result in additional CRS points for the lead applicant.

The candidate must score at least 67 out of 100 points. This is based on various factors such as language proficiency, work experience, education, and age. Other factors include work experience, education, or a close relative in Canada who is a Canadian citizen or on a PR visa.

Express Entry offers faster processing times of 6 months or even less for PR Canada visa applications. It is aimed at skilled immigrants from overseas who intend to settle permanently in Canada with their families. Express Entry ensures that applicants who are primarily expected to be economically successful in Canada are able to migrate to the country. Rather, it’s the ones who are just the first in the line.

No. A valid job offer from an employer in Canada is not required to be eligible for the Express Entry system. However, keep in mind that you will get points under the CRS if you have a valid job offer.

If you have a valid job offer under Express Entry, you can get –

  • For NOC level 00 – 200 CRS points
  • For NOC level 0, A and B – 50 CRS points

As a general rule, regular draws from the Express Entry pool take place every 2 weeks.

The Government of Canada has a standard 6-month processing time for permanent residence applications that are filed through the Express Entry system.

The goal of admitting new permanent residents under the 3 federal immigration programs – FSTP, FSWP, and CEC – is 85,800 in 2020 and 88,800 in 2021.

  • Applicants must have stayed as a permanent resident for 1095 days as a permanent resident during the five years preceding the date of filing of the citizenship application. It does not have to be a continuous stay.
  • Each day that applicants spend as a temporary resident is counted as half a day before they become permanent residents.
  • This is taken into account when calculating the number of days spent in the country to obtain citizenship.

In addition to obtaining PR status and staying in Canada as a permanent resident for a specified period of time, the other requirements are as follows:

Applicants must have paid income tax under the Income Tax Act for at least three out of the five years as a permanent resident

They must have good language skills and prove that they can speak English or French fluently. You must pass a test that will measure your speaking, writing, reading, and listening skills in that language.

Processing time begins once you submit your application online, by mail, or in person. Once your application is submitted, the authorities ensure that you have submitted your answers to all the questions on the form, sent all the required documents, and paid the fees. He will then send you the Acknowledgment of Receipt (AOR). This will contain your Unique Customer Identifier (UCI). The AOR indicates that your letter is ready for processing. However, if your request has missing information, or if some documents are missing or do not contain the fee receipt, your request will be resent and you will have to resubmit it.