Canada – Express Entry Program

Express Entry Program

What is Express Entry System of Canada Immigration?

Express entry is a point based online immigration system of Canada, launched by Immigration refugees and citizenship Canada or IRCC (then CIC), in January 2015, Canadian government invite the skilled and talented people from overseas to submit their EOI profile in Canada Express Entry System. Subsequently, the IRSS assess the submitted profiles based on the points scored by them for six key selection factors. It manages the applications received for Permanent Residence (PR) in its below economic immigration programs, i.e.

  •      The Federal Skilled Worker Program
  •      The Federal Skilled Trades program and
  •      The Canadian experience classes

The selected applicants get the Invitation to apply for Canadian permanent residency from IRCC.

What are the six selection factors of Express Entry System?

The IRCC selects the skilled immigrants through its point-based system that allocates points to the registered candidates, based on their key profile factors, i.e

  •   Age: The age of an applicant is a crucial selection factor in Express Entry Canada. You get maximum points for age factor, especially when you are in age group 18-35. However, the points start decreasing with increase in age, though, you can still apply if your point score is high enough based on other factors.
  • Education: Decent educational qualification (Minimum graduate) is essential to earn good points for Canada PR in express entry
  •  Work Experience: A good work experience (minimum 3 years) can help you win decent points.
  •  Language Proficiency: Language proficiency is need to be proved in English or French by providing the language test result, i.e. IELTS with good band score (minimum band 6). Higher proficiency will get higher points for language factor.
  •    Adaptability:Past experience or education in Canada, of applicant or His / Her spouse can help win valuable points
  •    Arranged Employment: Although not obligatory, however if you have a job offer from Canada, it can get you some key immigration points in Canada’s Federal Express Entry System.

What is minimum points requirement in express entry system?

Provinces and territories are also allowed to view and choose the candidates form the Express Entry system for their Provincial Nominee Program to meet the local labor market needs accordingly. Let’s find us about the key eligibility requirements of the express entry system.

The key express entry eligibility requirements are as follows:

  • Provide the score results of the language test. The language tests results are valid for two years
  • Overseas applicants need to show their Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) report lists parallel to the Canadian education. ECA’s are valid for five years
  • A candidate needs to apply online in Express Entry and Submit EOI
  • Need to score minimum 67 points based on their profile factors (i.e age, education, language proficiency, etc.) to become eligible to apply via express entry system
  • Provide the health and character certifications once ITA (invitation to apply) for PR visa is issued.

How to apply in express entry system of Canada?

You may follow the process below to apply in express entry system of Canada. The express entry system has two key steps.

 Step 1: 

Potential candidates complete an online express entry profile. Qualified candidates are placed in a pool.

The prospective candidates need to complete an online express entry profile where they are asked to provide their skills, work experience, language ability, education and other details needed by the IRCC for assessment.

Those who meet the criteria for one of the federal immigration programs subject to above get accepted into a pool of candidates.

  • Candidates will be assessed against others within the pool, and be ranked based on criteria that are known to come up with a newcomer’s economic success in Canada.
  • Only the highest-ranked candidates, and those with valid offers or provincial / territorial nominations, will be invited to apply for permanent residence.
  • Anyone who does not have the offer supported by a Labor Market Impact Assessment or a nomination from a province then they must register themselves with the employment and social development Canada.

Step 2:

The highest-rating candidates in the pool will be invited to apply for permanent residence.

Candidates will be graded against others in the pool using a point’s based system called the comprehensive ranking system. Points will be awarded on the basis of the information provided in their profiles. i.e Age, qualification, work experience, language proficiency. Candidate with the highest scores in the pool will be issued an invitation to apply.

A candidate gets additional points for:

  • A nomination by a Canadian province or territory.

If a Candidate is selected for ITA in any of the express Entry Draws

  • If someone is invited to apply, they will have 60 days to submit an online application for the permanent residence. The IRCC will process the best part of complete permanent residence applications received in six months or less. Candidates can stay in the pool for up to 12 months. In case they don’t get an invitation to apply for permanent residence within 12 months of submitting an express entry profile, they have to submit a new profile.


Cost of Express Entry visa

Express Entry visa fees


Application Processing Fee

Right of Permanent Residence Fee

Biometrics Fee

Primary Applicant

C$ 850

C$ 500

C$ 85

Spouse or Partner

C$ 850

C$ 500

C$ 85

Dependent Child

C$ 230 (per child)


* Maximum fee for a family of 2 or more people applying at the same time and place

Note: The visa fees and other associated charges are subject to change periodically by the respective immigration authorities and other relevant entities. So, to confirm the latest visa fees and charges, get in touch with the migration expert at Fasttrack to Success.


If you want to apply for the Express Entry visa you may coordinate with Fasttrack to success migration agent as we are specialized in Student-visa and immigration.