Express Entry is one of the fastest ways to immigrate to Canada, so here we have dug up and answered the top FAQs about it to help you make the move seamlessly.
Top FAQs About Canada’s Express Entry Immigration
- What is Express Entry?
If you are a skilled worker who wants to become a permanent resident of Canada, then the Express Entry system is for you. Using a point-based Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS), it manages applications coming in from three different immigration programs:
- Federal Skilled Worker (FSW)
- Federal Skilled Trades (FST)
- Canadian Experience Class (CEC)
- What are the criteria for qualifying for Express Entry?
You must create and submit an eligible Express Entry profile online. You would also need a minimum CRS score of 67 out of 100 points under the FSW category based on the following:
- Age – 18 to 55 years
- Education – Graduate with a qualification
- Minimum 3 years of work experience
- Prior experience in Canada
- Arranged employment would be an added advantage
- How do I enter the Express Entry system?
Create an online Express Entry profile and gather all the required documents. Once that is done, you will be ranked against others in the draw. You will receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for PR if you are one of the highest-ranking candidates.
- How does IRCC choose people from the pool?
The CRS score is the main factor that determines where an individual candidate ranks in the Express Entry pool and whether they will get invited to apply for Canadian PR. There are many ways to improve your CRS score from achieving CLB 9 or better on your language test to mentioning all eligible education you have completed on your profile.
- What is a good score for Express Entry?
To receive an ITA for PR, your CRS score must be equal to or above the CRS score cut-off for an Express Entry draw. For most of 2019 and early 2020, the CRS score cut-off for an Express Entry draw was 460-480 which is highly competitive. The same for the FST program is slightly lower.
- What are the language tests accepted for Express Entry?
There are two under English and two under French: Approved language tests for English:
- IELTS General Training (Academic version not accepted)
- CELPIP General
- Test d’évaluation du français (TEF)
- Test de connaissance du français (TCF)
- English is my first language. Do I still need to take a language test?
Yes. Even if you are a native English or French language speaker or studied in one of those languages, you need to go through the Canadian immigration language test. No exceptions.
- How long does the entire process take?
It takes 4 to 6 months roughly, but the time can vary from case to case.
- Is there an age limit?
There is no maximum age for Express Entry applicants. However, applicants that are 20-29 years old receive the highest points for age. If you are significantly older than 35, but you have a high level of education or connections in Canada, you can easily overcome the points lost for age.
- What documents do you need?
To create your Express Entry profile, you will require the following documents:
- Results from an approved language test
- An Educational Credentials Assessment or a Canadian diploma
- Information or proof relating to family, work experience, health, and finances
- How many times can I apply for Express Entry?
Your Express Entry Profile is valid for a year, which means that you will only have to apply once.