Express Entry Explained:
How it works
What is the Express Entry?
Express Entry is the fastest and most popular online system that the Canadian government uses to screen applications for permanent residence in Canada for skilled workers.
It serves three federal programs:
In addition, it serves a range of provincial immigration programs:
How does it work and how to apply?
Express Entry is an online database through which the Department of Immigration selects the top candidates wishing to move to Canada for permanent residence and invites selected candidates to apply for permanent residence (PR).
Each participant is evaluated based on several factors and receives their own score.
The candidates with the highest score are selected and invited every two weeks.
To participate, follow these 5 steps:
How much does Express Entry cost?
There are several fees associated with this immigration system.
First, you need to figure out what exactly you have to pay for.
- Language test (~300 CAD)
- Evaluation of education (~350 CAD)
- Personal documents (passport extension, document translations, medical examinations, police certificates, bank statements, etc.)
~ 1000 CAD for an adult,
~ 300 CAD for a child;
~ 400 CAD for adult,
~ 200 CAD for a child;
~ 100 CAD
Who can apply for Canadian PR?
There are a number of criteria that a candidate for a Canadian permanent residence visa should ideally meet.
Here they are:
- Age (under 30 y.o.);
- Degree: 2 Bachelor or Master;
- Language: High level of English and/or French;
- Work experience: Minimum of 3 years of skilled work.
Points Calculator: what is it and how to improve your CRS score?
The Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) is a system under which each applicant will be awarded points on various parameters from four groups.
The maximum number of points that the main applicant including his spouse can score is 1200 points.
Below is the breakdown of points for different factors.
In order to improve your score, try to improve your performance for the listed individual factors.
For example, score as high as you can in language exam, submit your partner’s education credentials etc.
Skills and experience factors
Assessment of education, professional skills, and work experience in the specialty
Skills transferability factors
Assessment of your potential and the applicability of your professional skills in Canada
Spouse/common-law partner factors
Evaluation of the data of the spouse of the main applicant in terms of education, level of English or French
Work invitation from a Canadian employer or a nomination under the Provincial Nominee Programs (PNP)
The Express Entry system was created for expedited immigration to Canada (as the name suggests).
Express Entry’s goal is to speed up the emigration process up to 6 months.
However, please note that the timing may change during the coronavirus.
It depends on the profession you choose but here are the average numbers:
The average hourly salary is CAD 14.
The median annual salary is CAD 52,600.
Canada has developed a detailed occupational classification system – the National Occupational Classification or NOC.
Each profession has its own code.
All professions in a NOC have a list of job titles, a list of roles and responsibilities that correspond to this NOC, a list of requirements for recognition of this NOC (education, licensing, certification, or work experience), and the level of the profession.
There are several skill levels in total: 0 (zero), A, B, C, or D.
Skill Type 0: Management professions such as factory managers, resort managers, or office managers.
Skill Level A: Occupations that usually require a college degree, such as physics, political scientists, or engineers.
Skill Level B: Technical professions that usually require a college degree or vocational training such as administrators, firefighters, photographers.
Skill Level C: Occupations that typically require a high school diploma, such as drivers, security guards, or secretaries.
Skill Level D: Occupations that do not require any training, such as cashier, handyman, or janitor.
Ideally, a visa applicant should be up to 30 years old, but if you are older, this does not mean that you no longer have a chance to become a citizen of Canada.
The final decision of the state is influenced by many factors, such as the level of language proficiency, professional skills and work experience, economic condition, higher education, and so on.
While job offer is a requirement for some immigration programs, for some other ones it’s not necessary.
However, if you have a valid job offer from a Canadian employer, it gives you additional points and increases your chances of obtaining a visa.