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What is Express Entry System of Canada Immigration?

Express entry is a point based online Immigration System of Canada, launched by Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada or IRCC (then CIC), in January 2015. Canadian government invite the skilled and talented people from overseas to submit their EOI profile in Canada Express Entry System. Subsequently, the IRSS assess the submitted profiles based on the points scored by them for six key selection factors. It manages the applications received for Permanent Residence (PR) in its below economic immigration programs, i.e.

The selected applicants get the Invitation to Apply for Canadian permanent residency from IRCC.

What are the Six Selection factors of Express Entry System?

The IRCC selects the skilled immigrants through its point based system that allocates points to the registered candidates, based on their key profile factors, i.e.

  • Age-The age of an applicant is a crucial selection factor in Express Entry Canada. You get maximum points for age factor, especially when you are in age group 18-35. However, the points start decreasing with increase in age, though, you can still apply if your point score is high enough based on other factors.
  • Education– You need to be at least graduate to apply Canada PR. However, you get good immigration points and subsequently, decent CRS score, for Canada PR in express entry system, if you have Master’s Degree or PhD.
  • Work Experience- You need minimum one year of experience to apply for Canadian PR via express entry, however, to obtain good CRS point score in EE system, you must have an experience of 3 years or above.
  • Language Proficiency– Language proficiency is need to be proved in English or French by providing the language test result, i.e. IELTS with good proficiency level (minimum CLB 7). Higher proficiency, i.e. CLB 9 or 10 will help you get higher points for language factor.
  • Adaptability-Past experience or education in Canada, of applicant or his/her spouse can help win valuable points.
  • Arranged Employment– Although not obligatory, however if you have a job offer from Canada, it can get you some key immigration points in Canada’s Federal Express Entry System.

What is minimum point’s requirement in Express Entry System?

If you want to confirm your points or eligibility for express entry system, click on the ‘Apply for Canada express entry’ button below.

Provinces and territories are also allowed to view and choose the candidates from the Express Entry system for their Provincial Nominee Program to meet the local labour market needs accordingly. Let’s find out about the key eligibility requirements of the express entry system.

Canada Express Entry eligibility Criteria

The key express entry eligibility requirements are as follows:

  • Provide the score results of the language test. The language tests results are valid for two years and
  • Overseas applicants need to show their Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) report lists parallel to the Canadian education. ECA’s are valid for five years.
  • A candidate need to apply online in Express entry and submit EOI
  • Need to score minimum 67 points based on their profile factors (i.e. age, education, language proficiency, etc.) to become eligible to apply via express entry system
  • Provide the health and character certifications once ITA (invitation to apply) for PR visa is issued.

As you are now aware about the key requirements of express entry system, now it’s time to know more about the periodic Express entry draws.

Latest Canada Express entry Draw-2020? 

The Canada Express Entry Draw every fortnight to choose the top ranking candidates for issuance of invitation to apply for Permanent Residence (PR)visa. For every express entry draw, CRS Score requirement OR Express Entry Cut off is announced. The candidates, who meet or exceed the cut off marks, becomes eligible to receive ITA from IRCC.

You may visit the Latest Express Entry Draw 2020 page on Visas Avenue website to see the latest draw results of express entry system.

Latest Updates:  5th express entry draw of the year 2020 is out to invite 3,900 candidates and CRS score requirement for the draw is 471 points or above.

Seek the complete list of Express Entry Draw results here

What is Canada Express entry minimum Points Requirements?

The Express entry system has two staged points’ criteria. At first, you need to score eligibility points, i.e. 67 out of 100 under Federal skilled worker Program (FSWP) of the EE System based on the mentioned keys selection factors, i.e. age, education, work experience, language skills, etc. of FSW immigration points calculator. If you are not able to score the minimum points, under FSW category, you won’t be able to apply Canada PR through express entry system.

Once you have scored the eligibility points and qualified for the EE system as applicant, you will reach Express Entry pool of Candidates, where your EOI profile will be assessed and you will get CRS Point score, based on the similar selection factors.

The Candidates submitting their EOI (Expression of Interest) in Express Entry pool are given points for their each profile detail, i.e. qualification, work experience, language proficiency, age, etc. based on the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). The cumulative of these points forms a CRS Score of the candidate. The Candidates with top CRS score are selected by IRCC in its periodic Express Entry draws.

To calculate your points against Canada Express entry point’s requirements, you may refer to Canada CRS Point calculator. Here is how you can apply in the express entry system.

Latest Express Entry Rule Changes 2019

Find below the Express Entry Rule Changes applicable in 2019:

  • ECA Evaluation fees updated

Starting 1st January, 2019, the cost of ECA evaluation from WES has been increase to $220 CAD.However, the new fees does not include delivery fees or a 13% Harmonized Sales Tax. The ECA is an important documents required to create profile in Express Entry System.

  • IRCC updated its Multiyear Immigration Plan of Canada

The IRCC has updated Canada’s Multiyear Immigration Plan (2019-2021) to extend it till year 2021. As per the updated plan, Canada will accept more than one million immigrants by 2021 as permanent residents. Moreover, the IRCC will raise its annual immigration target to 350,000 by the year 2021.

  • Alberta -Express Entry stream launched

The Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) started its Express Entry aligned stream in August 2018. The first draw of the AINP- Express entry stream held on August 8, 2018. The candidates applying in new EE stream of AINP, need to have their profile registered in Federal Express Entry System.

  • Saskatchewan PNP has Introduced new EOI System

The Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) has replaced its old first come, first served system with new EOI (Expression of Interest) based system for its Express Entry and Occupation in Demand Subcategory, with effect from July 16, 2018. The first draw of EOI system occurred on 21st August 2018.The candidates applying in the EE stream of SINP, need to have their profile registered in Federal Express Entry System.

  • OINP- Express entry stream- minimum CRS score requirement rule changed

Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program has announced the change in the minimum CRS score requirement rule for its Express Entry stream. Earlier, applicants needed to have minimum 400 CRS points to apply in the Express Entry stream of OINP. However, now, the minimum CRS score requirement for every EE draw will be decided by the PNP director only. After the announcement, the OINP has accepted the applicants, even with CRS score below 400 mark with some conditions.

How to apply in express entry system of Canada?

You may follow the process below to apply in express entry system of Canada. The Express Entry system has two key steps, i.e.

Step 1) Potential candidates complete an online Express Entry profile. Qualified candidates are placed in a pool.

The prospective candidates need to complete an online express entry profile where they are asked to provide their Skills,Work experience,Language ability,Education and Other details needed by the IRCC for assessment.

Those who meet the criteria for one of the federal immigration programs subject to above get accepted into a pool of candidates.

  • Candidates will be assessed against others within the pool, and be ranked based on criteria that are known to come up with a newcomer’s economic success in Canada.
  • Only the highest-ranked candidates, and those with valid offers or provincial/territorial nominations, will be invited to apply for permanent residence.
  • Anyone who does not have the offer supported by a Labour Market Impact Assessment or a nomination from a province then they must register themselves with the Employment and Social Development Canada.

Step 2) the highest-ranking candidates in the pool will be invited to apply for permanent residence.

Candidates will be graded against others in the pool using a point’s based system called the Comprehensive Ranking System. Points will be awarded on the basis of the information provided in their profiles, i.e. Age, qualification, work experience, language proficiency, etc. Candidates with the highest scores in the pool will be issued an Invitation to Apply.

A candidate gets additional points for:

  • A nomination by a Canadian province or territory.

If a Candidate is selected for ITA in any of the Express Entry Draws

If someone is invited to apply, they will have 60 days to submit an online application for the permanent residence. The IRCC will process the best part of complete permanent residence applications received in six months or less. Candidates can stay in the pool for up to 12 months. In case they do not get an invitation to Apply for permanent residence within the 12 months of submitting an express entry profile, they have to submit a new profile.

How Visas Avenue can help you apply for PR via Express Entry System?

If you choose to apply for Canadian PR via express entry through Visas Avenue Immigration, you are assured of getting thorough assistance and support in the following:

  • Full guidance to meet the documentation requirements for the Canada FSW programs,
  • Providing guidance on Educational Credential Assessment,
  • Inform the clients with up to date PNP details.

With the dedicated team of immigration specialists Visas Avenue provides its clients best support and assistance to secure their PR visa and move abroad. You may contact the experts at Visas Avenue on Toll Free No. 78-18-000-777, you may also fill the free assessment form to receive the call back from the Visas Avenue visa and immigration expert.

Disclaimer: Visas Avenue does not deal in any type of job or job assistance services.

Useful Link:

How to Improve CRS Score for Canada Express Entry?

Step-by-Step Canada Express Entry Process for 2019

Canada Express Entry FAQs

Canada Express Entry Draw



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