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What is Express Entry?

The fastest and one of the most popular pathways is Express Entry System for those seeking permanent residence (PR) in Canada. Through this system, Canada welcomes around 110,000 skilled workers every year to its land.Express Entry is an electronic process that manages the application of skilled workers who apply to obtain permanent residence iand immigrate to Canada. The candidates are ranked basis the Comprehensive ranking system (CRS) once their profile enters the express entry pool.The CRS is used to assess and rank the candidates in the Express Entry pool. It is a point-based system that calculates scores basis the applicants’ education, work experience, age, language skills, adaptability factors, and a few other factors.

It might not be easy to meet the current CRS cut-off of the Express Entry draw due to low CRS scores, age, or other factors. However, the good part is that you could get a nomination for permanent residence from a province if your profile matches their eligibility requirements by merely being in the pool of candidates. 

IRCC declares the express Entry draw approximately every two weeks, selects the highest scoring candidate from a pool of Express Entry profiles, and sends them an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residence. 

The government plans to invite over 240,000 newcomers in the next three years through the three programs of Express Entry:

  • Federal Skilled Worker (FSW)
  • Federal Skilled Trades (FST)
  • Canadian Experience Class (CEC)
The process for applying under Express Entry System :
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Meet requirement of

  • FSW
  • FST
  • CEC
Canada Study Process step 5


Create Express
Entry Profile

Begin your express entry application 

Study In Canada step 2



Get your IELTS score, transcripts and other profile related certificates

Study Visa Canada step 4


Get Invitation
to Apply

If CRS score is above cut off, you will be invited through express entry draw

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Submit medical , biometrics and police clearance certificates for final COPR

The Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSW)

What is the Federal Skilled Trade Program FSW?

The Federal Skilled Worker (FSW) program is one of the federal Express Entry system programs. In case applying under this category, you do not require Canadian work experience. Instead, you would need to score a minimum of 67 points on a 100-point grid for FSW.
Once you meet this criterion, you can create an express entry profile and submit your application.

What are the Eligibility Criteria for Federal Skilled Worker Program?

To be eligible for the Federal Skilled Worker Program, you must meet the following requirements related to age, level of education, language proficiency, and years of experience. Basis these parameters, you must obtain 67 points on 100 points grid of the FST program. The eligibility requirements are as below: 


  • Work Experience: minimum12-months of continuous, full-time ( or equivalent part-time)) skilled work experience in NOC skill level 0, A, or B within the last 10 years
  • Language Proficiency: must meet the required level of language proficiency which is minimum  Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) level 7 across all abilities (speaking, writing, reading, and listening)
  • Education: Minimum of a Canadian high school diploma or the equivalent in foreign education along with an Educational Credit Assessment (ECA) report
  • Financial Support: Must show sufficient funds to settle in Canada to support themselves and any spouse and children. IRCC has updated the source of funds requirement for 2022. 
  • Residence in Canada: must plan live outside of the province of Quebec.

The Federal Skilled Trade Program (FST)

What is the Federal Skilled Trade Program FST?

The Federal Skilled Trade Program (FST) is a program under the Express Entry Immigration system that focuses on the skilled trades worker class. The Canadian government launched this initiative in 2013 to welcome more skilled trade workers to address the growing labor shortages in various trade occupations. FST is a fast pathway to obtaining Canadian permanent residency for eligible skilled trade workers, and they usually receive it within six months. Every year, almost half of all immigrants that enter Canada are through one of the economic programs, including FSTP.

What are the Eligibility Criteria for Federal Skilled Trades Program?

To be eligible for the Federal Skilled Trade Program, you must:

  • have a certificate of qualification from the designated authority of province or territory or a valid paid job offer. The job offer must be

                    o continuous employment of at least one year

                    o full-time employment, which is at least 30 hours a week) 

                    o from up to a maximum of two employers in Canada 

  • meet the essential language proficiency requirement of Canadian Level Benchmark (CLB) 5 for speaking and listening, CLB 4 for reading and writing;
  • have 2 years of full-time work experience (or equivalent part-time work) in the skilled trade in the last five years 
  • Show proof of funds for yourself and your family basis on the new updated fund’s requirement.
  • must intent to live outside of the province of Quebec

*A certificate of qualification proves that you are qualified to work in Canada in a skilled trade occupation. This certification confirms that you either passed a certification exam or met all the requirements to practice trade in the respective province or territory

The National Occupational Classification (NOC) eligible for the skilled trade work experience under the FST program are:
Major Group 72industrial, electrical and construction trades
Major Group 73 maintenance and equipment operation trades
Major Group 82 supervisors and technical jobs in natural resources, agriculture and related production
Major Group 92processing, manufacturing and utilities supervisors and central control operators
Minor Group 632chefs and cooks
Minor Group 633 butchers and bakers

Canadian Experience Class

What is the Canadian Experience Class?

The Canadian Experience Class (CEC) is one of the three immigration programs under the Express Entry Immigration system . It is an ideal immigration program for individuals with at least one year of Canadian work experience who wish to immigrate permanently. In fact, CEC is considered one of the fast-track processes to gain Canadian permanent residence, and its application takes around three to four months to process. Another benefit is that the individual is not required to show their proof of funds in this program of Express Entry.

The Candian government launched this program to recognize the pool of talented workers who are already part of the Candian economy and want to become permanent residents.

Who is eligible for the Candian Experience Class

To be eligible for the Canadian Experience Class, you must:

  • Have at least one year (12 months, 1560 hrs) of Canadian work experience within the last three years. Work experience should be:
      1. paid full-time (or equivalent part-time)
      2. Gained while authorized to work on a valid work permit only considered 
      3. In skill type 0, A, or B under the National Occupational Classification (NOC). 
  • intend to live outside Quebec; and
  • Meet the job-specific language level requirements for each language skill (speaking, reading, listening, and writing 

Frequently Asked Questions

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What is the minimum score requirement for Express Entry System?

There is no defined minimum cut-off of CRS score to receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residence in Canada. IRCC announces the draw approximately every two weeks, and the score changes from draw- to-draw.

What is an Invitation to Apply (ITA)?

An Invitation to Apply (ITA) is an invitation sent to those selected in the Express Entry draw. These candidates are invited to apply for permanent residence through ITA, and they must submit the complete application within 60 days of
receiving an ITA.

What is the difference between Express Entry and PR ( permanent resident)?

Express Entry is the electronic system that manages permanent residency applications for those applying through one of
the below programs.

  • Federal Skilled Worker
  • Federal Skilled Trade
  • Canadian Experience Class

There are other options as well to become a permanent resident of Canada. If you wish to know your options to immigrate to Canada, contact us here

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