Deconstructing Express Entry — the most popular immigration program to Canada

Profile Creation

  • World Education Services
  • Comparative Education Services (University of Toronto)
  • International Credential Assessment Service of Canada
  • International Qualifications Assessment Service
  • International Credential Evaluation Service
Victoria, Canada — named the country’s most romantic city.

Assessment Factors

  • Age: the maximum score is assigned to applicants that are within 20 to 29 years of age. At and after 30, the points start decreasing.
  • Education: maximum number of points are granted to PhD holders while secondary school holders hold the lowest score.
  • Language proficiency gets assessed per language test, so in the event the applicant can speak English and French, the system will ask to select a primary language — it gets evaluated on a higher point grid in comparison to the second one.
  • Spouse’s post-secondary education and language proficiency can add to the overall profile score, but the points are calculated in a slightly different way if the applicant is married.
  • Canadian post-secondary education and work experience — must have at least 1 year of work experience in Canada on a valid work permit.
  • Skilled foreign (non-Canadian) work experience must be at least 1 year in duration. Maximum score is assigned to individuals that have at least 3 years of work experience. It doesn’t have to be with the same employer or within the same title, but it must be 1 full year in duration.
  • Certificate of qualification enabling to work in specific occupations in Canada such as industrial, electrical, construction, maintenance and equipment operations.
  • Job offer from a Canadian employer that facilitated a work permit application to Canada.
  • Sibling in Canada that has a Canadian citizenship or permanent resident status
  • Nomination from the province to apply for permanent residence via a provincial nominee program that is connected with Express Entry.

Subclasses of Express Entry

  1. Canadian Experience Class: individuals that have work experience in Canada (at least 1 year)
  2. Federal Skilled Worker: open to all individuals that have at least 3 years of skilled work experience supplemented by completed post-secondary education.
  3. Federal Skilled Trades: for individuals working in industrial, electrical, construction, maintenance and equipment operation industries. Workers holding supervisor titles in natural resources, agriculture, processing, manufacturing, utilities and central control. Chefs, cooks, butchers and bakers are also included in this category.
  4. Provincial Nominee Program: for applicants that are applying through a provincial nominee program associated with EE. Applicants are asked to submit a separate application to the respective province, and upon issuance of the nomination letter, can proceed with submittal of permanent residence application with EE system as soon as the invitation to apply letter is issued.

Invitation to Apply

Submission and Processing

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