What is Express Entry?
Express Entry is an online application management system established by Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to manage applications received through its three sub-programs (CEC, FSTP, and FSW). Express Entry Canada nominates eligible skilled immigrants to become permanent residents of Canada if the program requirements are all met.
To meet the express entry eligibility, you must qualify for one of these programs:
- Federal Skilled Worker
- Canadian Experience Class
- Federal Skilled Trades Program
Apart from these programs, some Provincial Nominee Programs additionally have an Express Entry element clubbed with them. To learn more about these, you could go to the respective Provincial Immigration Websites and study the linked express entry programs.
Express Entry eligibility criteria
The eligibility for express entry is calculated through the Comprehensive Ranking System. The CRS calculator/tool (CRS Tool) helps you calculate your Express Entry points. Express Entry Canada generally releases its draw/cutoff/minimum selection score every two weeks. If your score matches/surpasses the current draws, Express Entry Canada invites you to apply to become a Permanent Resident of Canada.
Given below are the factors which determine your score:
- Work Experience
- Siblings in Canada
- Job Offer
- Provincial Nomination
- Language Test Score