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Express Entry Immigration Programs to Canada in 2023

Express Entry is an online system that Canada uses to manage applications for skilled immigrants who want to become permanent residents. It is the fastest and most popular pathway for newcomers seeking a new life in Canada.


To be eligible for the Express Entry pool, candidates must meet the requirements of at least one of Canada's three main economic immigration programs:

  1. Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP): This program is for skilled workers with foreign work experience who want to immigrate to Canada permanently.

  2. Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP): This program is for skilled workers who want to become permanent residents based on being qualified in a skilled trade.

  3. Canadian Experience Class (CEC): This program is for skilled workers who have Canadian work experience and want to become permanent residents.

Application Process

The Express Entry application process involves the following steps:

  1. Determine Eligibility: Check if you meet the criteria of one of the federal immigration programs listed above.

  2. Prepare Documents: You need certain documents to apply, like language test results, to show that you’re eligible for Express Entry. Some documents take a long time to get, so you should get them ready before you apply.

  3. Submit Profile: Your Express Entry profile is where you give information about yourself. If you’re eligible, Canada will accept you into their pool of candidates. You’ll be ranked in the Express Entry pool using a points-based system. Your score is based on the information in your profile.

  4. Receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA): Canada sends Invitations to Apply to the candidates with the highest scores in the pool. If Canada invites you to apply, you’ll have 60 days to submit your application for permanent residence.

  5. Application Review: An immigration officer will review your application and check that you’re eligible for the program you’ve applied to. If your application is complete and you’re eligible for the program, they may schedule you an interview.

  6. Final Decision: If your application is approved, you’ll get a letter that says you’re now a permanent resident. You’ll get your permanent resident (PR) card during your landing appointment.

Points-Based System

The Express Entry system ranks candidates in the pool using a points-based system called the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). The CRS gives you a score out of 1,200 points. Points are awarded based on:

  • Skills and experience factors

  • Spouse or common-law partner factors, such as their language skills

  • Skills transferability, including education and work experience

  • Additional points for those with a nomination from a province or territory or a valid job offer


The Express Entry system is a fast-track route to Canadian immigration. If you are a skilled worker, have the right experience, and meet other eligibility criteria, this could be your ticket to a new life in Canada. Remember that the process is competitive, so you should strive to improve your CRS score as much as possible.

Please note that this information is subject to change and it's always best to check the official Government of Canada website for the most current information.


  • Government of Canada - Express Entry

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