Express Entry

Launched in January 2015, Express Entry is Canada's application management system for certain economic immigration programs including the Federal Skilled Worker Program, Federal Skilled Trades Program, Canadian Experience Class and a portion of the Provincial Nominee program. Express Entry was designed with three main objectives in mind: 

1) Flexibility in selection and application management,

2) Responsiveness to labour market and regional needs and

3) Speed in application processing

 Express Entry automatically assigns a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score to candidates who submit a profile. The CRS score is based on the information they provide in their profile including their age, education, official language proficiency and work experience. All information is self-reported and must be supported with appropriate documentation at the application stage or a candidate will be refused.

Comprehensive Ranking System: 

There is a total of 1,200 points available under the Comprehensive Ranking System

For candidates without an accompanying spouse or common-law partner
  • a maximum of 500 points available for core human capital factors;

  • a maximum of 100 points available for skill transferability factors; and

  • 600 points available for additional factors (including a provincial nomination, an offer of arranged employment, Canadian study experience, a sibling in Canada, and/or French language ability). 

For candidates with an accompanying spouse or common-law partner

  • a maximum of 460 points available for core human capital factors of the principal applicant;

  • a maximum of 40 points for the core human capital factors of the spouse or common-law partner;

  • a maximum of 100 points available for skill transferability factors; and

  • 600 points available for additional factors (including a provincial nomination, an offer of arranged employment, Canadian study experience, a sibling in Canada, and/or French language ability).

  • From June 6, 2017, changes to the Comprehensive Ranking System include additional points awarded to candidates with French ability and to candidates with a sibling in Canada.

Selection Factors:

The Federal Skilled Worker selection factors are listed below.

Settlement Funds

 If invited to apply, Federal Skilled Workers will need to prove they can become economically established in Canada with their dependent family members. The settlement funds requirement is waived for foreign nationals who are currently authorized to work in Canada and/ or those who have arranged employment in Canada. 

Medical Examinations and Admissibility 

IRCC encourages Federal Skilled Worker candidates and their dependents to complete their medical examinations as soon as an ITA is issued. Medical exam results must be valid at the time of applying for permanent residence and when arriving in Canada. Applicants must also obtain security clearances as part of the Canadian immigration application process to prove that they are admissible to Canada. 

French ability

5 additional points for French-speaking candidates who prove adequate intermediate (equivalent to Canadian Language Benchmark 7) or better French ability, and English language test results of CLB 4 or lower, or no English test results at all. 30 additional points for French-speaking candidates who prove adequate intermediate or better French ability, and who also prove English language test result of CLB 5 or better.

Sibling in Canada

15 additional points for candidates with a sibling in Canada who is a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of at least 18 years of age. These points may also be awarded if the candidate’s spouse or common-law partner has a sibling in Canada. The candidate or his or her spouse/common-law partner must share a mother and/or father with the sibling in Canada. This relationship can be through blood, adoption, marriage, or common-law partnership.

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