Express Entry (EE) is an application management system, used by the Canadian Government to select applicants for Permanent Residence. To submit their profile for consideration, Foreign Nationals must meet the requirements of one of the three main economic immigration programs; Federal Skilled Worker (FSW), Federal Skills Trades (FST) and Canadian Experience Class (CEC). Increasingly, various Provincial Nominee Programs (PNP’s) are also relying on the Express Entry pool of applicants to identify potential nominees for admission to their province or territory.

Submitting your profile to Express Entry is NOT an application for permanent residence, but rather an indication of interest on the Foreign National’s part. After submitting their profiles to the EE, Applicants are assigned a score based on their age, work experience, language skills and adaptability. Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) is the points system used to rank the Applicants.

Approximately every two weeks, Canadian government selects those with highest scores, and ‘invites’ them to apply for permanent residence by issuing an Invitation to Apply (ITA) letter. Upon the receipt of the ITA, Applicants have 601 days to electronically submit their permanent residence application.

Immigration process under EE consist of two steps:

  1. Submission of the Express Entry Profile – In order to submit your Express Entry profile, you must have taken an approved language test (English and/or French) within the last two years and have the necessary work experience required under at least one of the economic immigration programs administered under Express Entry. In addition, those who received their post-secondary degree(s) outside of Canada require an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) to earn points for their education.

The Express Entry profile additionally requires that the Applicant indicate if they would like to be considered for Express Entry aligned Provincial Nominee Programs (PNP), and if so, which ones. Applicants can decline, indicate specific provinces and territories, or choose to be considered for all PNPs. This allows the selected province(s) to view the profile and assess the Applicant’s experience in light of their own requirements. For details on how the PNP programs work see the Provincial Nominee Programs section.

After you successfully submit your information into the Express Entry, your profile remains in the portal for one year. Submitting your profile to Express Entry is NOT an application for permanent residence, but rather an indication of interest. Selection process identifies candidates with the highest scores and offers them an Invitation to Apply through regularly conducted rounds of invitations.

  1. Submission post receipt of ITA: Once the Applicant receives the ITA (Invitation to Apply), they have 60 days to submit their complete Permanent Residence application. At this stage, the Applicants are required to submit all documents referred to in their Express Entry profile (language tests, ECA, etc.). They also need to provide records confirming information provided with the initial Express Entry submission. This includes identity and status documents, educational diplomas, employment confirmation letters, etc.

After submitting the application, average processing time is approximately six months. During this time, Applicants will be asked to complete biometrics, undergo medical examination and provide police clearances from all countries where you have lived since their 18th birthday.

Upon approval of their application, Applicants will be issued Confirmation of Permanent Residence, which they need to land in Canada and officially become a Canadian Permanent Resident.

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