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Express Entry Program 2019

The Government of Canada has opened the doors of possibilities for aspiring immigrants through the Canadian Express Entry Program. It was introduced on 1st January 2015 and it has helped in filling the gaps by allowing the entry of Skilled Migrants to Canada. The program is one of the most popular pathways for Canadian Immigration in 2019 via applying to Permanent Resident Visa.

This mode of obtaining Permanent Resident (PR) Status is a two-way road, which helps the economy of the country and also lucratively helps the immigrants. The scrutiny of the candidature is based on the point basis of Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) and the eligible candidates are allotted a PR Status.

The Permanent Residency status of the Canadian Government is sought by two pathways - Express Entry Program and Provincial Nominee Program(PNP). The PR Status in both the cases is provided for five years and it is a family visa. With the PR Status immigrant is allotted with rights and freedom equal to the full Canadian citizen. While Express Entry allocates the right to settle anywhere in the country, the PNP grants the PR status for a particular province only.

The Comprehensive Ranking System appoints rankings to prospective immigrants and provides both employers and employees with a clear view of immigration through all stages.

The following are the benefits of express ranking system

  • Express Entry gives you a chance to get a Job in Canada through its Job bank. This Job bank is an initiation of Government of Canada and is designated to make employers and prospective employees meet.
  • The system of Express Entry is transparent as it employs methodology of point-based system to select foreign skilled workers.
  • Provinces and territories can also recruit and invite candidates using Express Entry System.
  • Express Entry Program has processing times of six months or less which is faster than many of the immigration programs offered by Canada.
  • Being a federal immigration system, once selected candidates are invited directly for PR.
  • Those immigrating through the Express Entry Program are eligible to settle anywhere in Canada.
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Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible to apply for Canada Express Entry program in 2019, the candidate need to comply eligibility criteria of any one the three streams under the system.

These three popular streams under Express Entry System are:

  • Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP)
  • Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP)
  • Canadian Experience Class (CEC)

Any Skilled Worker can apply to Canada as a Permanent Resident under this program if :

  • He is not older than 47 years.
  • Must be educated from a recognized university. The degree should be not older than 3 years.
  • Work experience must be a minimum 1 year in any skilled occupation listed in the occupation list of Canada. The experience can be full time or part time.
  • Must have minimum bands in each module of general training IELTS examination.

A minimum eligibility score of 67 points must be achieved invited to apply for Permanent Resident Visa.

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Comprehensive Ranking System

Comprehensive ranking system (CRS) is a benchmark for Express Entry Eligibility. Express Entry is a point-based system which evaluates applicant’s proficiency in terms of various personal factors. CRS system intakes these factors or credentials such as age, educational qualification, work experience, English French language ability, etc. and gives out points accordingly. Maximum points you can earn on your credentials are:

  • Core human capital factors(Maximum Points 460)
  • Accompanying spouse or common-law partner factors (Maximum Points 40)
  • With a valid job offer (Maximum 200 points)
  • Additional points relating to Provincial Nomination or a qualifying offer of arranged employment (Maximum Points 600)

Total CRS 1200 = Core Human factor (500)+ Skills Transferability (100)+ Additional Factors (600)

Citizenship immigration Canada (CIC) sends invitations to apply to the highest-ranking candidates in the pool via regular draws called Express Entry Draws. If you are invited, you can apply for your PR visa and immigrate as a permanent resident.

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Express Entry Process

Express Entry is a systematic process with cleanly defined steps. Following are the steps involved in filing your Canada Express Entry application :

  • Step 1: Get your Educational Credential Assessment done by a relevant body of education such as World Education Service.
  • Step 2: Appear for your IELTS language examination and get minimum required score
  • Step 3: File your Express Entry Application online. The system will ask you your credentials and other relevant information.
  • Step 4: Let system calculate your CRS (Comprehensive Ranking Score).
  • Step 5: Apply for Provincial Nomination (Optional). If you manage to get a nomination, an additional 600 CRS will be added to your score.
  • Step 6: Wait for Express Entry Draw. CIC conducts regular draws once in every 15 days.
  • Step 7: Receive an Invitation To Apply (ITA)- an official invite to submit documents and apply for PR visa.
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Frequently Asked Questions

In order to check your eligibility for one of the three Express Entry programs, please start by consulting the Express Entry Requirements. If you meet these requirements, you can check to see if you meet the additional program requirements for Federal Skilled Worker, Federal Skilled Trades, and Canadian Experience Class. Canadim also offers an online assessment tool to check your eligibility for various Express Entry programs.
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) states that 80% of applications for permanent residency submitted through Express Entry are processed within 6 months of receipt. This refers to the application submitted once an applicant receives an ITA and prepares their official application for permanent residence.
This processing time does not account for the time it takes to prepare an Express Entry profile, apply for and receive a provincial nomination (if applicable), or receive an Invitation to Apply for Permanent Residence through an Express Entry draw.
Throughout the Express Entry process, there are several layers of cost a candidate can expect.
- Documentation: Certain documents will be required, including language proficiency tests, educational credentials, police reports, medical exams, certified translations, etc. Obtaining these documents may incur a cost at the applicant’s expense.
- Government Processing Fees: The Canadian government charges fees in order to process permanent resident applications and prepare permanent resident documentation. Government Processing Fees

This does not include fees which may be associated with certain Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) applications. This also does not include fees associated with the use of a law firm or certified immigration consultant’s services for support in the application process.
A person’s chances of success through any of the Express Entry programs depends on their Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score. If a candidate is close to, or above, the minimum CRS score cut-off for recent Express Entry draws, then they will likely be competitive in the Express Entry system. That said, it is impossible to predict how the CRS score will fluctuate in the future.
No lawyer or consultant can guarantee that a person will successfully receive permanent residence through the Express Entry system. The application process is lengthy, complex, and constantly changing, and approval is at the discretion of IRCC so there is always a risk that an applicant may not receive permanent residence.
There are several options for increasing a person’s CRS score. To learn more about such options, please consult with Canadim’s CRS calculator and guidelines for improving CRS ranking!
Express Entry programs allow applicants to apply individually, or accompanied by their spouse or common-law partner and dependent children. Choosing to include, or not include, family members may affect a person’s CRS score slightly.
The required documents vary depending on the program through which a person is applying. An applicants should be prepared to provide valid travel documents, ideally a passport, as well as results from an approved language test for English or French. For more detailed document requirements please consult the individual program requirements.
- Federal Skilled Worker (FSW)
- Federal Skilled Trades (FST)
- Canadian Experience Class (CEC)
All Express Entry candidates must demonstrate proficiency in one of Canada’s official languages, either English or French. To do this, they must provide results from an approved language test taken within the previous two years.

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