Express Entry A new tool for hiring skilled immigrants

In Canada, Express Entry was launched in 2015 as a new passage to gain permanent residence for people who have a certain level of skills and education in their field from within Canada or abroad. As the name suggests “Express”, this system allows people to obtain a status of permanent residents of Canada in the shortest possible of time within six months or even less.

It is a misconception that Canada Express Entry is a new route of immigration. No, it is not a new route but rather can be called a new application management system to handle the applications under already existing routes of Skilled Immigration Streams. One has still to be qualified in any one of already existing streams in order to get qualified for Express Entry to Canada. The streams are: 

Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP)

Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP)

Canadian Experience Class (CEC)

Different Canadian Provinces and Territories can also select candidates from this Express Entry system through Provincial Nominee Programs (PNP) to cope up with their labor market needs and shortages. 

Canada Express Entry system was launched to expedite the old application processing system which was taking years to process the skilled worker applications. To get rid of backlogs of skilled worker immigration applications, the Express Entry system was introduced and since then it is working efficiently.


The process to intake candidate through Express Entry Canada has two different stages:

Stage 1: Creation of an online profile in Express Entry Pool of Candidates

Candidates are invited to create their Express Entry profile in the Express Entry pool and this process is called Expression of Interest (EOI)Submitting an Expression of Interest (EOI) is the first step towards immigration to Canada. The candidates are placed according to Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) in the Express Entry on the basis of their:

  • Education (foreign education or/and education from within Canada)
  • Work experience (foreign work experience or/and experience within Canada)
  • Siblings in Canada
  • The qualifying offer of employment 
  • Provincial/territorial nominations

As mentioned before eligible candidates in one of Canada’s skilled immigration streams i.e. Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP) or Canadian Experience Class (CEC) make an online profile by clearly and honestly stating details about their:

  • Professional skills, 
  • Language proficiency in either or both official languages of Canada i.e. English / French
  • Education 
  • Past work experience
  • Misc. other details 

The candidates who create an Express Entry profile must have to complete the profile within 60 days of creation and submit it to Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). Upon successful submission of a profile to IRCC and getting a notification that the candidate meets the eligibility criteria of one or more of the federal economic immigration streams, the profile will be activated and placed in the Express Entry pool of active members. 

The Express Entry profile is good for one year from the date of creation and will be considered for any subsequent express entry draws for Invitation to Apply (ITA). IRCC holds Express Entry round of Invitations (Express Entry Draw) at regular intervals and sends Invitation to Apply (ITA) to candidates who score equal or more than a certain Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score. Round of Invitations for Express Entry normally held on every second Wednesday or as needed.

Canada picks the best possible candidates who are more likely to become successful in their new life in Canada through the Express Entry system. Candidates are ranked on the basis of their credentials and additional factors can increase their chances of getting an invitation to apply like siblings in Canada, qualifying offer of employment from a Canadian employer, and provincial/territorial nominations.

Those candidates who do not have a valid job offer or provincial/territorial nomination can sign up with Job Bank of Canada in order to get a job offer. Before registration with Job Bank, Canada was mandatory but now it is optional, but it is a good way to get connected to relevant Canadian employers who are looking for suitable candidates. If an employer is willing to hire a candidate from the Express Entry pool of candidates then most often they will need to obtain a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) through Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC). This will give an additional 50 or 200 points (depending upon NOC type) to candidates and can make their ranking better. 

There are certain cases when there is no labor market impact assessment (LMIA) report are required and a candidate can still get additional points. These job offers come under LMIA-exempt job offers

In no way, it is a guarantee that candidates who created and submitted their Express Entry profile will be invited to apply for permanent residence, as it will primarily be dependent on their standings or ranking in the Express Entry pool of candidates.

Stage 2: Invitation to Apply (ITA) for Permanent Residence (PR)

Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada often hold Express Entry draws called “Express Entry rounds of Invitation” and send an invitation to apply (ITA) for permanent residence status in Canada, to a certain number of candidates (as per requirements). These draws most often held on every second Wednesday or as required. 

The Candidate who ranked high in the Express Entry pool of candidates will be invited to apply for permanent residence status in Canada. Candidates have only 90 days to submit their completed electronic application once they receive an invitation to apply (ITA). 

Those candidates who have successfully submitted their Express Entry profile but failed to get an invitation to apply due to their low CRS score can remain in the Express Entry pool of candidates for twelve (12) months, from the creation of their profile. Upon reaching twelve (12) months’ time their Express Entry profile will be eliminated from Express Entry pool of candidates. Candidate can resubmit their profile provided they meet the minimum eligibility criteria of any skilled stream as mentioned above and meet the entry criteria of Express Entry pool of candidates.

In this way Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada make sure that there are no backlogs and allow them to process the application quicker. 

How Team The Visa Canada, can help you in Express Entry?

  1. We conduct a FREE preliminary assessment and determine the client’s eligibility for Express Entry.
  2. We generate an honest and unbiased assessment report about the client’s suitability for the Express Entry program, based on our years of experience. 
  3. We provide comprehensive advice about different immigration programs available to clients which may best suit clients as per their credentials. 
  4. We provide complete guidance regarding the documents required for the Express Entry program.
  5. Once hired, create the client's error-free Express Entry Profile in order to give them maximum chances for selection.
  6. Once hired, we provide complete assistance if clients get an invitation to apply (ITA) until they get the decision rendered on their application of permanent residence to Canada. 

If you would like to know more about Express Entry program or wanted to know how you will rank in the Express Entry program or if already registered with Express Entry pool of candidate and wanted to know how to enhance your CRS score, we invite you to complete our assessment form for detailed information.