Updated: July 1st, 2024

Canada Express Entry

Canada’s Express Entry is its leading immigration system, which includes three immigration programs:

  • Canadian Experience Class (CEC): for eligible candidates who completed three years of work experience in Canada.
  • Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP): for eligible candidates who have relevant work experience in skilled occupations, such as doctors, nurses, lawyers, etc.
  • Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP): for eligible candidates who have relevant work experience in trade occupations, such as plumbers, carpenters, electricians, etc.

Candidates must pass a language proficiency test in either English or French, and complete post-secondary studies that will be assessed against the Canadian standards with an educational credential assessment (ECA).

Express Entry was created to attract skilled workers to Canada to support its growing economy. This initiative addresses the challenge of a rapidly expanding economy alongside an aging and retiring population.

This has led to thousands of vacant positions across various industries. The main sectors Canada aims to support through this program include healthcare, STEM, construction, and transportation, among others.

Canada Express Entry is a valuable opportunity because it allows candidates to obtain a work visa, with the process typically taking about 6-12 months. The candidate profile remains valid in the pool for up to 12 months, after which candidates can resubmit their entry.


What is the pool?
To be included in the pool you must qualify for one of the specific immigration programs listed under Express Entry. You must also score a minimum of 67 points on your immigration profile. Points are awarded for educational and professional qualifications, work experience, age, language ability, and more. The Canadian government selects the most suitable candidates from the pool and issues them with an official invitation (known as ITA) to become Canadian residents.
How many points do I need to get selected?
The Express Entry system uses what it called the Comprehensive Ranking System, a formula that takes into account your education, skills and experience, those of your husband/wife or partner, and whether you have a specific job offer. These factors go to build up your score out of a possible maximum of 1200. As mentioned, the higher the points you score, the greater the possibility to be selected from the pool.
How long does it take to move to Canada?
The idea of starting a new life in Canada is very exciting. But please be prepared that getting selected for an immigration program takes time. This is why the Express Entry program is extremely popular - the Canadian government aims to select candidates within 6 months. Time may significantly vary between immigration programs; the individual process of each program, government policies, the complexity of your case, and more, may affect the time it would take you to move to Canada.
Are there any goverment fees?
Like many other countries worldwide the Canadian government charges fees for the processing of immigration entries. Depending on the specific program you entered, the size and age of your family, and more – you may need a few hundred to several thousand Canadian dollars. Please note that all government fees are non-refundable. This is one of many reasons you should prepare well for your immigration process, gain as much knowledge as you can, and if possible, seek help from professionals in this field.

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