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Express Entry – The Process
Any person interested in applying for Canadian immigration via the Express Entry route must enter the Express Entry pool with proven language ability and proof of Canadian educational equivalency. Entry into the pool does not guarantee permanent residence but is the first step in a comparison with others who are in the pool. A Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) will be used to calculate and compare candidates’ overall points. The maximum points obtainable are 1200, and awarded as follows.
Age (maximum 110)
Education (maximum 150)
Language (maximum 160)
Canadian work experience (maximum 80)
Transferable skills (maximum 100)
Additional Factors (maximum 600)
Candidates with the greatest points based on the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) will be issued with an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residence. The candidate must apply, with all relevant documents, within 60 days for permanent residence. Unselected candidates will remain in the pool for up to one year and, if not selected, the person will automatically drop out and must re-apply again.
It is essential to submit accurate information and documents througout the process. A recent report confirmed that 25% of applicants receiving an ITA were rejected due to submiting a flawed application. At Pahl & Associates we can minimise any chance of a refusal by accurately evaluating an applicant at the outset and ensuring that correct evidence is submitted once an ITA has been received by the applicant.
Note: If you received an ITA before June 6 2017, these changes will not affect you.
The Canadian government made the following improvements to the Express Entry system.
Changes as of June 6, 2017
You can get additional points for good French skills
If you score NCLC 7 or higher on all four French language skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing), you will get
15 additional points if you scored CLB 4 or lower in English (or you have not had an English test); or
30 additional points if you scored CLB 5 or higher on all four English skills
This is in addition to points you get for official languages.
Points for siblings in Canada
You can now earn 15 additional points if you (or your spouse or common-law partner who will come with you to Canada) have a brother or sister who is:
living in Canada and
a citizen or permanent resident of Canada
To get these points, the brother or sister must also be
18 years old or older
related by blood, marriage, common-law partnership or adoption
have a parent in common
Job Bank registration voluntary
It is now up to you if you want to create a Job Match account with Job Bank.
If you meet the minimum entry criteria for Express Entry, you will be automatically be
placed into the pool
eligible for invitation rounds right away
You can still create a Job Match account to help you look for work.
New approach to rank candidates with the same CRS score
We can now break ties between candidates with the same rank in the pool.
The Express Entry system ranks candidates in the pool by their CRS score. In case of a CRS tie, the system will then rank all tied candidates based on the date and time that they submitted their profile.
You will be asked to enter in your Express Entry profile the amount of money you will have to help you settle in Canada. This is to show that you can support yourself and any family who come with you to Canada.
You will only need to meet the settlement fund requirement if it applies to the program you are invited to apply under.
If you are invited to apply under the Federal Skilled Worker Program or Federal Skilled Trades Program, you will need to show that you meet the settlement funds requirement unless you:
- are currently authorized to work in Canada, and
- have a valid job offer from an employer in Canada.
- For proof, you must get official letters from any banks or financial institutions where you are keeping money.