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Immigration Services

Canada Express Entry

In Canada, Express Entry is a new and exciting approach to immigration, and it is based on a Human Capital model. Your age, education, language skills, professional work experience, and many other factors will be examined, and each criteria will be given a ranking score ( see the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) on the next page).

It is really important to remember that this is not a new way of qualifying to immigrate. You still need to qualify in one of the main categories: most often the Federal Skilled Worker or Canadian Experience Class. It is however a new process for stepping forward, and being seen by CIC. It is more critical now than ever to have professional guidance in putting your best foot forward, and knowing all of the criteria from the beginning.

Here are some highlights of the new program:

  • You must first qualify in one of the main immigration categories such as the Federal Skilled Worker or the Canadian Experience Class
  • You must have completed an English or French language proficiency test and have your scores available
  • You must have your Education Credentials Assessment (ECA) completed and report in hand
  • No occupations list for the first time in over 6 years!
  • Once the Express Entry application is successfully submitted, CIC will select candidates using the Comprehensive Ranking System, and if chosen you will receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA)
  • Candidates will have only 60 days to apply for Permanent Residence after receiving an ITA. You must be ready to go when called on!
  • Candidates can improve their scores by registering on the Job Bank with Service Canada, and having a job offer with a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA – LMO)
  • Employers will be able to search your profile via the Job Bank, and if they offer you work through Job Matching, and get an LMIA for you, you will receive an Invitation to Apply
  • Misrepresentation – even accidentally misstating your qualifications or other error, will result in an applicant being banned for five years from applying again

If you would like to know how you rank in the new Express Entry program, we invite you to first complete an assessment form for either the Federal Skilled Worker FSW or the Canadian Experience Class CEC. Then you are invited to complete the CES Assessment form.

Without seeing if you qualify in one of the main categories first, knowing your EE CRS score has no value.

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Criteria scores will be allocated up to the following maximums as follows, for a total overall of 1200 points maximum:

  • age 110,
  • education 150,
  • language skills 160,
  • Canadian work experience 80,
  • partner’s education, language and Canadian work 40,
  • Skills transferability (cross-matching factors) 100,
  • and having a Provincial Nomination or Arranged Employment 600
CRS Points in Detail Express Entry Assessment Form