Express Entry is a system created by Canadian Government to manage permanent residency applications. 

There are several mandatory requirements in each program. Key criteria for evaluation include:

  • Age of the applicant
  • Education level
  • Canadian work experience
  • Language (English and/or French)
  • Admissibility
  • Arranged Employment 
  • PN nomination 
  • Spouse

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Federal Skilled Worker Program

  • At least one year of work experience (NOC 0, A or B) in Canada or abroad
  • Language proficiency at least CLB 7
  • Canadian secondary or post-secondary certificate, diploma or degree OR the foreign equivalent
  • Score of 67 points or higher on the Federal Skilled worker points grid 

Federal Skilled Trades

  • At least 24 months of work experience in an eligible skilled trade within the last 5 years.
  • Meet job requirements of the skilled trade as set by the NOC
  • Language proficiency (CLB 5, speaking and listening; CLB 4, reading and writing)
  • Have a valid job offer in the skilled trade for at least one year, or a Canadian certificate of qualification in the skilled trades

Canadian Experience Class

  • At least 1 year (=1560 hours) of work experience in Canada (NOC 0, A or B) within the last 3 years
  • Language proficiency (CLB 7 for NOC 0 and A; CLB 5 for NOC B)

Invitations to Apply (ITAs) are issued to the highest scoring candidates in the pool in each round. Invitation rounds take place regularly, usually approximately every 2 to 3 weeks. Candidates have 60 days to complete and submit an application for permanent residence.

Provincial Nominee Programs may include options for candidates who do not meet Express Entry requirements