As of January 2nd, 2015, Express Entry is a new immigration program introduced by Canada Citizenship & Immigration. In order to qualify for immigration, application is filed based on age, education, work experience and proficiency in English or French.

Applications can be filled under following categories:

  • Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP)
  •  Canadian Experience Class (CEC)
  • Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP)
  • Provincial Nominee Programs (PNP)



Applicants to the Federal Skilled Worker visa must demonstrate that they meet the minimum visa requirements including having work experience in a managerial, skilled or semi-skilled occupation as well as meeting the pass mark on a points-based assessment. Successful applicants will obtain Canadian permanent residence, which will entitle them to live and work in Canada.



The Canadian Experience Class for Foreign Workers/Students provides an exciting transition for qualified foreign students and workers who are seeking to become permanent residents of Canada.

here are two main components of the Canadian Experience Class: foreign workers and foreign students.
Under the Foreign Worker component, applicants must have at least 1 year of full-time work experience in Canada in an eligible occupation and have gained the experience with proper work or study permit. In addition, successful candidates will be required to provide satisfactory language testing results and apply while working in Canada or within one year of leaving their job in Canada.

As for the Foreign Student component, graduates of a Canadian post-secondary educational institution must have one year of full-time (or equivalent) work experience in Canada, in an eligible occupation after their graduation.



The Federal Skilled Trades Class is designed for individuals who have the qualifications, skills and experiences to fill Canada's skilled - trade's shortages and contribute to the Canadian economy.

CIC has set specific basic requirements that all applicants must meet to apply for a Federal Skilled Trades Class visa. To qualify for the Federal Skilled Trades Class visa, applicants must be able to show that they meet the following requirements:

  • Have an offer of employment in Canada or a certificate of qualification from a province or territory;
  • Meet the official language requirements;
  • Have at least 2 years of eligible experience in a designated trade; and
  • Have the skills and experience required to perform the occupation in Canada.

EXPRESS ENTRY - Provincial Nominee Programs (PNP)

Provincial Nomination Programs (PNP) are generally employer driven.  This means that an applicant must have a valid job offer from a valid employer in that province.

Express Entry Steps

You must first meet the selection criteria of one of the four programs.
The second step is to have the proof that you meet the requirements of these programs. Your language test results, educational credential evaluations, and your reference letters from your previous employers confirming your past work experience, must all be in the format required by CIC.

Once an application has been completed you will be ranked according to CIC’s new Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). If your application is inaccurate you will be found guilty of misrepresentation and be barred from entering Canada for 5 years.

The new Comprehensive Ranking System is based on a 1200 point ranking system which takes into account your personal characteristics and skills transferability factors. All candidates will then be ranked against each other. The most highly weighted factors are securing a validated job offer from a Canadian employer with a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) or a Nomination Certificate from a Canadian Provincial or Territorial Immigration Office. 

Citizenship and Immigration Canada will then host a draw every two weeks to select the highest ranked candidates and provide Invitations to Apply (ITAs) for Permanent Residence. Applicants who received ITAs will then have 60 days to file an electronic application for Permanent Residence and upload their supporting evidence. If you do not submit your application within 90 days you will have to start the process again from the beginning.

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