Individuals and families around the world can immigrate to Canada within 6-8 months through the Express Entry immigration selection system. Express Entry, also called (EOI) expression of interest system was first introduced in 2015 in Canada to efficiently select potential skilled workers, has become the main driver of skilled worker immigration to Canada and one of the most popular immigration systems internationally. As per Canada’s recent immigration levels announcement under the 2021-2320 Canada Immigration Levels Plan, there are 100,000 skilled immigrants are expected to obtain Canadian permanent residence through Express Entry annually.


Express Entry is an application management system (EOI) used by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to manage and process applications received through three of Canada’s federal economic immigration programs for internationally educated and trained skilled workers. Express Entry is a competitive immigration system, ranking all eligible candidates against one another and then inviting the best ranking candidates to apply for Canadian permanent residency. Applicants are ranked against one another based on their age, education, language proficiency, work experience, and other factors such as having a sibling in Canada who is either a PR or a Canadian citizen and 18 years of age.


Determine Eligibility: Potential candidates will need to be eligible under one of the following two federal economic immigration programs.

  • The Federal Skilled Worker (FSW)
  • The Canadian Experience Class (CEC)
Eligibility Requirements – Federal Skilled Workers (FSW)

In order to be eligible to submit an Express Entry profile under the Federal Skilled Worker (FSW) category, you must meet the following minimum eligibility criteria requirements:

  • Work Experience:You must have a minimum of 12-months of full-time, skilled work experience. This experience must be continuous and can be gained part-time and in more than a single occupation. To be considered “skilled” experience, you must have been working in an occupation at National Occupation Classification (NOC) Skill Level 0, A, or B. In order to obtain maximum points, one must have 3 years full-time paid skilled work experience. For the purposes of FSW, self-employment experience is also eligible so long it is proved by supporting documents.

  • Language Proficiency:You must take an approved language test showing you are proficient in either English (IELTS-General or CELPIP-G) or French. The minimum score for FSW is equal to the Canadian Language Benchmark of Level 7 (CLB 7), which is 6.0 band across all four language modules although the higher you score, the better your chances of success. To get maximum points, one should obtain 8.5 in Listening module, 8 in Reading module and 7.5 each in Speaking and Writing modules on IELTS-G test. The validity of the exam is anytime within two years from the day of the test.

  • Education:You must have completed a minimum of 3 years bachelor’s degree from a recognized University. If your education was completed outside of Canada, you will need an Educational Credentials Assessment (ECA) attesting to the value of your education by Canadian equivalency standards. You must use one of these designated organizations:
    • University of Toronto
    • International Credential Assessment Service of Canada
    • World Education Services (WES)
    • International Qualifications Assessment Service (IQAS)
    • International Credential Evaluation Service

  • Age:You must be between the age of 25-30 to obtain maximum points on CRS (comprehensive ranking system) points grid.

  • Settlement Funds:You must have enough funds to support your settlement in Canada. This table shows the minimum amount you need to immigrate to Canada. citizenship/services/immigrate-canada/express-entry/documents/proof-funds.html
    If you meet the above-noted minimum eligibility requirements, you may be eligible to submit an Express Entry profile by using online MyCIC tool. However, please note that being eligible does not guarantee that you’ll be invited to submit a formal application for Canadian permanent residence. Express Entry is highly competitive immigration selection system, so only the highest ranking FSW applicants will be invited to apply. (ITA) to submit a completed e-APR within 60 days from ITA issuance date.

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