Express Entry
Immigration to Canada based on Express Entry System

The Express Entry (EE) system was launched on January 1, 2015, as a new method of managing applications for permanent residency. The process is used in the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP) and the Canadian Experience Class (CEC), and is also part of the Provincial Nominee Programs (PNP). Under this system, skilled foreign workers who are interested in moving to Canada create an online profile. Those who meet the minimum criteria for one or more of the designated programs are entered into a poll, assessed and given a ranking using the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). Individuals with the highest scores are selected from the pool and issued an Invitation to Apply (ITA).

Who is the program for?

The Express Entry program oversees applications for three economic immigration programs:

Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP)

The FSWP is for skilled workers with foreign work experience who want to permanently immigrate to Canada.

Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP)

The FSTP is for skilled workers who want to become permanent residents based on their qualifications in a skilled trade. 

Canadian Experience Class (CEC)

The CEC is for people with skilled work experience in Canada. It was developed for temporary foreign workers and foreign graduates who have qualifying Canadian work experience.

Provinces and territories can also recruit candidates from the EE pool through the PNP to meet local labour market needs.

Advantages of the program FOR immigration

  • Quick processing times
  • A job offer is not necessary, but may be advantageous

How Express Entry Profiles are Ranked

The calculation of points is based on:

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Express migration to Canada

The Express Entry system is a points-based immigration system used by the Canadian government to manage applications for permanent residence under certain economic immigration programs. Here are the key components of the Express Entry system:

  • Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP): This program is for individuals with skilled work experience who are selected based on factors such as education, work experience, language proficiency, and adaptability.
  • Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP): This program is for skilled trades workers who have at least two years of full-time work experience in a skilled trade within the five years before applying.
  • Canadian Experience Class (CEC): This program is for individuals with at least one year of skilled work experience in Canada within the three years before applying.
  • Provincial Nominee Program (PNP): Many provinces and territories in Canada have their own immigration programs under the Express Entry system. These programs allow provinces to nominate individuals for permanent residence based on their specific labor market needs.


Candidates interested in Express Entry must create an online profile, and they are then ranked based on a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). Points are awarded for various factors such as age, education, work experience, language proficiency, and arranged employment. The highest-ranked candidates are then invited to apply for permanent residence through regular draws conducted by Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).

The term “express” in Express Entry refers to the speed of processing and the intention to expedite the immigration process for skilled workers who meet the criteria. It doesn’t imply an instantaneous or automatic migration process, but rather a more efficient and streamlined approach compared to some other immigration pathways.

For the most accurate and up-to-date information on Express Entry or any other immigration programs, it is recommended to visit the official website of the Government of Canada’s immigration authorities or consult with a licensed immigration professional from VISAWISE immigration company.

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