What is Express Entry?
The Express Entry program is Canada’s immigration application system for qualified immigrants that want permanent residency in Canada. The categories within the Express Entry program include the:
- Federal Skilled Trades Class
- Federal Skilled Worker Class
- Canadian Experience Class,
- Provincial Nominee Program.
The CRS score
To effectively rank immigration candidates, the government created a merit-based points system that assigns a score to all candidates in the Express Entry pool. This point system is known as CRS (Comprehensive Ranking System). The score assigned to the candidates is referred to as the CRS score.
The points a candidate gets from the CRS include a comprehensive set of a maximum of 600 and a set of extra points 600 (maximum). Therefore, your total score will be calculated out of 1,200.
The core points: a maximum of 600
- Skills and experience factors
- Common-law partner or spouse factors such as their education level and language skills
- Skills transferability including work experience and education
Additional points: A maximum of 600
- Canadian work experience, certificates, diplomas, or degrees
- A legitimate job offer
- Excellent French language skills
- A sister or brother living in Canada who is a permanent resident or citizen of Canada
- A nomination from a Canadian territory or province
The sum of your core points and extra points is your total CRS score.
The Express Entry Process
The Express Entry system consists of a 2-step process.
First, you create an Express Entry profile, providing information on your education, work experience, language, and other skills. Once you submit your profile, you will be placed in a pool of candidates who are compared to each other. Candidates are ranked through the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS), and top-ranking candidates are regularly invited to apply for permanent residence.
Invitation To Apply (ITA)
The second step consists of receiving an Invitation to Apply (ITA), after which you have 60 days to submit an online application and pay the processing fees for permanent residence. IRCC holds an Express Entry draw every few weeks, inviting candidates to submit an application for permanent residency. The highest-scoring candidates in the pool are issued an ITA. The Express Entry processing time takes an average of six months or less once an application is complete.
Legal Disclaimer: This Express Entry CRS tool is intended solely for general guidance and reference purposes. In the event of any discrepancy between the results of this questionnaire and that provided by the Express Entry electronic system, the results provided by the system shall govern, in accordance with provisions of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations, and Minister’s Instructions issued under IRPA s.10.3. This Express Entry calculator will be updated from time to time in accordance with changes to the Ministerial Instructions governing Express Entry.