Express Entry is an online program for Permanent Residency. It is a program that selects the candidates with the most points based on a scale that considers age, level of education, work history, language skills and job offer in Canada.
To join this system you must qualify under one of these categories: skilled worker, Canadian experience class, federal trades skilled worker.
The people who participate in the Express Entry program can be living in Canada or abroad. Candidates who have one year of work experience in Canada or who have a valid job offer have higher points, and are usually selected first.
Nonetheless, there are some candidates who do not have job offers in Canada and who have never worked in Canada who can still score high points and could compete in this system.
Permanent Residency for Professionals based on Immigration Canada's point system
Timeline from application sent to PR status
4 to 8 months for processing
Level of English/French required
Level of Education
Post-Secondary level or higher
Magic Formula to be eligible for the program:
We have identified a magic formula to get selected if you are living outside of Canada and do not have a job offer.
If you have the following profile, you have a high chance of being invited for permanent residency:
Up to 29 years of age.*Please note that if you speak French fluently, have a valid job offer or have completed 1 year of work experience in Canada, you will get more points and may qualify with a higher age.
A masters degree or higher
ENGLISH OR FRENCH
Advanced language skills in English or French.
PROFESSIONAL WORK EXPERIENCE
Minimum 3 years of professional work experience
The Application Process
In order to register, you will need your language tests results and your educational assessments.
01. RECEIVE A SCORE
Send your Express Entry registration and get a score, called the CRS (Comprehensive Ranking System).
02. INVITATION TO APPLY
Wait to be selected. If you're chosen, you will receive an invitation to apply for Express Entry. This is when your permanent residency process actually starts.
03. PROVIDE SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION
At this stage you need to send all the supporting documents to prove the information you sent in your registration. For example, letters of employment, medical exam, biometrics, proof of settlement funds.
Settlement funds are required for people who do not have one year of work in Canada or who do not have a valid job offer. The amount of money you must show in your savings will change according to the number of people in your family (spouse and children). This number changes every year.
Here is the table for 2021: