Canada is one of the most multicultural countries in the world, with clean and friendly cities, world-class universities, and business and job opportunities. Canada has led all G7 countries in economic growth from 2003-2012 and has the second highest standard of living in the G-20, as measured by GDP per capita. Canada has a great job market and plenty of opportunities for skilled workers like you. We have a strong economy that is poised to keep growing. Employment levels are high, and our low annual inflation rate means that it’s relatively affordable for you and your family.

What is Express Entry (EE)

Launched in January 2015, Express Entry is Canada’s flagship application management system for the following economic immigration categories: The Federal Skilled Worker Program, the Federal Skilled Trades Program, Canadian Experience Class, and a portion of the Provincial Nominee Program. In 2018, around 280,000 EE profiles were submitted, and more than 92,000 skilled workers admitted to Canada following the IRCC 2018 year-end report.

How It Works

The Express Entry system manages applications for permanent residence through a two-step process.

  • The first step: individuals express their interest in immigrating to Canada by completing an online profile, which is then screened electronically to determine if the individual is eligible for the Federal Skilled Worker Program, the Federal Skilled Trades Program, or the Canadian Experience Class. Individuals who meet the eligibility criteria for at least one of these programs are placed in the Express Entry pool and are assigned a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score based on the information in their profile compared to a transparent scoring criteria, including factors such as education, language ability, and work experience. Candidates in the pool are ranked against one another based on their CRS score.

  • The second step: In every 2 weeks, IRCC is published the number of invitation to apply (ITA) for permanent residence that will be sent to selected candidates in the EE pool on a specific date. Candidates that are granted ITA have 60 days to submit an online application for permanent residence to IRCC. The application will be assessed by an immigration officer to verify applicant’s CRS score and program eligibility and to ensure the principal applicant and accompany family members are not inadmissible in Canada. If everything goes fine, they are approved for a permanent residence visa.

    The profiles of candidates who do not receive an ITA, or decline an ITA, remain in the pool for up to 12 months. Candidates who receive an ITA but do not react are withdrawn from the pool.


In order to be in a position to receive an invitation in the next Express Entry draw, candidates are first required to meet the eligibility criteria of one of the three immigration programs managed through the Express Entry system: FSW, FST and CEC. Eligibility criteria include language ability; education, work experience, arranged employment, provincial nomination and so on. If you are married, select the person with the highest qualification and language ability to be the main applicant. Use the online tool, Come to Canada, to see if you meet the criteria to get into the Express Entry pool.

Please note that you will have one chance to submit your online application after you receive ITA. You should avoid any errors that may cause delays or refusals your application. You can save time by hiring an Immigration Consultant to help you go through the whole process. Contact us today to find the best solution for your case!

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