The Express Entry is an online system that Immigration Canada uses to manage applications for permanent residence from Skilled Workers.

To be eligible to apply to the system you must be eligible under one of three economic immigration programs:

  • Federal Skilled Worker Program
  • Canadian Experience Class
  • Federal Skilled Trades Program

Once deemed eligible under at least one of the above programs, your Express Entry Profile is created and submitted to the Express Entry Pool.

Your profile is given a score under their Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). Highest Ranked candidates are drawn via Rounds of Invitations and are invited to apply for Canadian Permanent Residence.

As Rounds of invitation dates and total number of applicants to be drawn in each draw are not advertised or known beforehand, the CRS cut-off score cannot be predetermined. Applicants can forecast and estimate draw results and try to attain a score equal or higher than the previous cut-off score by constantly trying to improve their existing scores.

Factors that can help increase CRS scores may include; Improving your educational credentials, Improving your English Language scores, attaining an offer of arranged employment with LMIA or even receiving a nomination in an affiliated Provincial Nomination Program (PNP). Being nominated by an affiliated province gives applicants an additional 600 points.

Several Popular Provincial Nomination Programs linked with the Express Entry System include: