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Canada Express Entry Process 2024

The Canada Express Entry Program is an online system used to manage applications for skilled immigrants who want to become permanent residents of Canada. The government of Canada invites skilled people to their country through a points-based system known as Express Entry. It aims to select the best candidates who are likely to succeed in Canada, based on factors such as professional skills, work experience, education, and language ability. The program allows applicants to submit a profile and be considered a skilled immigrant. Those who meet the criteria will be accepted into the pool of candidates and may receive an Invitation to Apply for permanent residence

Three Major Permanent Residency Express Entry Streams

Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP)

Canadian Experience Class (CEC)

Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP)

Note: This program is for individuals who plan to live outside the province of Quebec.

Canadian Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP)

The Canadian Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) is an immigration program implemented by the Canadian government to allow foreign nationals with specific skills to migrate and work in Canada. The program focuses on professionals and skilled workers who can help in the development and growth of the Canadian economy who are skilled workers and have their NOC code in the job demand list. The successful applicants, along with their families, are allowed to become permanent residents in Canada.

Eligibility to apply for the Canadian Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP)

  1. Be eligible to work in Canada.
  2. Be able to prove that you have enough money to support yourself and your dependents after you arrive in Canada.
  3. Have at least 1 year of full-time (or equivalent) skilled work experience.
  4. Meet minimum language levels in English or French.
  5. Have a post-secondary certificate, diploma, or degree.

Canadian Experience Class (CEC)

The Canadian Experience Class (CEC) is an immigration category for foreign workers who have been working in Canada and wish to become permanent residents. This program is designed for skilled workers who have Canadian work experience and want to immigrate permanently.

Eligibility to apply for the Canadian Experience Class (CEC)

  1. Have at least 1 year of full-time (or equivalent) skilled work experience in Canada.
  2. Have had legal status while working or studying in Canada.
  3. Meet minimum language levels in English or French.
  4. Apply within 3 years of obtaining your skilled work experience.

Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP)

The Canadian Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP) is an immigration program designed for individuals who want to become permanent residents based on being qualified in a skilled trade. These trades include industrial, electrical, construction, maintenance, equipment operation, and technical jobs among others.

Eligibility to apply for the Canadian Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP)

  1. Have at least 2 years of full-time work experience in an eligible skilled trade.
  2. Meet the minimum language level in English or French.
  3. Have an offer of full-time employment for a total of at least one year; or
  4. Have a certificate of qualification in your skilled trade issued by a province or territory.

Who can apply for Express Entry Canada?

Canada FSW 67-point system

  1. The Canada Federal Skilled Worker (FSW) 67 points eligibility criteria is a points-based system designed by the Canadian government to assess candidates who wish to immigrate to Canada as skilled workers
  2. Points are awarded based on factors such as education, language skills, work experience, age, arranged employment in Canada, and adaptability factors.
  3. The candidate needs to score at least 67 out of 100 points to be considered eligible under the FSW program.

FSW program is one of the major Program under immigration system and major applications fall under FSW, if you Don’t have any previous Study/ work experience in Canada the applicant fall under FSW

Eligibility Required for Express Entry Canada is as follows:


The minimum age to apply is 18 years old. Get maximum points if you are between 18 and 35.


Higher secondary school + diploma is the minimum. You may need higher education, depending on the NOC code.

Work Experience

Minimum of 1-year work experience. But to score higher points, more experience may be required.

Language Proficiency

Proficiency in English or French is a must. Must take any approved English or French Test to prove your language skills.

Adaptability Factors

Earn adaptability points for past education, work experience, spouse factors, or blood relatives in Canada.

Arranged Employment

You get points for having arranged a job offer from Canada.

Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) Points Allocation

The Canada Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score distribution refers to the range of points assigned to potential immigrants under the Express Entry immigration system. These points are awarded based on criteria such as age, education, work experience, and language proficiency.

A) Core/Human Capital Factors: Maximum 500 points
The total points that can be obtained through this section in CRS is 460 for candidates with an accompanying spouse or common-law partner and 500 for candidates without an accompanying spouse or common-law partner.

B) Skill Transferability Factors: Maximum 100 points
Skills transferability factors, also referred to as combination factors, are points granted to a candidate based on their performance in two areas:

(i) Post-secondary (high school) Education factor - 50 points

(ii) Foreign work experience transferability factor - 50 points

The maximum points that can be claimed under this section is 100 under.

c) Provincial Nomination : Maximum 600 points (Additional points)

Provincial Nomination : Maximum 600 points (Additional points)

Additional 600 Points to get Canada PR Through PNP

To gain an additional 600 points on your Express Entry application for Canada, you need to obtain a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) nomination. The provinces and territories of Canada can nominate individuals to immigrate to Canada via the PNP. The criteria for nominations are determined by each province or territory based on their specific needs. These 600 points significantly increase the chances of receiving an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residency.

Other ways to gain extra points can be through good language proficiency scores, having a valid job offer from a Canadian employer, or having a close relative in Canada.

The CRS score determines a candidate’s ranking in the Express Entry pool. Candidates with higher scores are more likely to be invited to apply for Canadian permanent residence. It is important to note that the distribution of scores can change with each draw, as it depends on the profiles of candidates currently in the pool. The total possible CRS score can be up to 1200 points.

List of Documents required to apply for Express Entry Canada

  1. Valid Passport or Travel Document
  2. Language test results (English or French)
  3. Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) report
  4. Provincial Nomination (if you have one)
  5. Written job offer from a Canadian employer (if you have one)
  6. Police certificates (for you and family members 18 years and older)
  7. Medical examination certificates
  8. Proof of work experience (Letter from your employer)
  9. Proof of funds (Bank statements, pay stubs, etc.)
  10. Digital Photographs
  11. Marriage certificate (if applicable)
  12. Birth certificate
  13. Divorce certificate and legal separation agreement (if applicable)
  14. Death certificate for former spouse/partner (if applicable)
  15. Adoption certificates (if applicable)
  16. Information about any children, including birth certificates or adoption documents
  17. Any additional documents required by specific provinces or programs.

Steps to apply for Express Entry Canada

  1. Step 1: Profile Eligibility Evaluation
  2. Step 2: Educational Credential Assessment (ECA)
  3. Step 3: Language Profile Report
  4. Step 4: Express Entry Application
  5. Step 5: CRS score
  6. Step 6: Express Entry Draw & Apply for the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP)
  7. Step 7: Invitation to Apply (ITA)
  8. Step 8: Final PR Application
  9. Step 9: Application Assessment by the IRCC
  10. Step 10: Receive CoPR

How GreenTree Immigration can assist you in applying for Express Entry Canada?

GreenTree Immigration can assist you in applying for Express Entry Canada in various ways. They have immigration experts who understand the complexities of the process and provide tailored assistance based on your circumstances. We start by assessing your eligibility for Express Entry based on your skills, work experience, language ability, and other relevant factors. They guide you on how to gather all necessary documents and ensure that your application is filled out correctly and submitted on time.

GreenTree Immigration can also advise on ways to improve your chances of getting accepted such as improving language skills or gaining more work experience. We continuously monitor your application's progress and keep you informed. Furthermore, we help prepare you for any interviews and help you understand what to expect after the submission of your application. Overall, GreenTree Immigration takes the stress and guesswork out of applying for Express Entry Canada, allowing you to focus on your relocation plans.

Months Permanent Resident Visas Success Rates Temporary Resident Visas Success Rates
January - March 2023 97.87 99.62
April - June 2023 98.52 99.84
July - September 2023 98.77 99.66
October - December 2023 98.93 99.89

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
What is Express Entry?

Ans : Express Entry is an online system used to manage permanent residence Applicants who want to settle in Canada permanently. Express Entry is the major Program introduced by Canadian government.

Who is eligible to apply under the express entry program?

The people who can contribute to Canada’s economy with their skill

  1. Work experience
  2. Language ability
  3. Education qualification

And in parallel meets the Eligibility requirements imposed the government of Canada

What is provincial Nomination?

Provincial Nomination Program (PNP) is an alternate route to Boost your CRs score and Gain additional points from the provincial government of Canada. GreenTree Immigration we define this as Plan B for your immigration process if the province believes that applicant has the ability to contribute to the economy of their provinces if they would provide us the PNP nomination. Each province has its own requirements and streams.

How does the provincial nomination program help you?

Provincial nomination will give additional 600 points to your Express Entry profile which can be added to your current CRS score. Applying to PNP doesn’t mean that you have secured the nomination. Nomination will be issued only if you meet the particular province requirements.

Can I apply for PR without a job offer?

Yes, you can apply for a PR without a job offer. Job offer is not mandatory for the PR process. You can proceed without a job offer. If you have a LMIA approved job offer it will fetch you additional points.

How to choose a Canadian Immigration Consultants?
  1. Before choosing a immigration consultants,
  2. check how long they have been in the industry?
  3. How are they different from others?
  4. What is their intent on your application
  5. How frequently they will follow your application and keeps you update on the status of your profile
  6. Have a physical interaction with them before you initiate the process
How much time does it take to get a Canadian PR after covid-19?

The general processing time for PR is 6 to 8 months. In case of PNP nomination it will take additional 3months. After covid 19 the estimated processing time is likely to increase by 45 additional days

What is the difference between FSW and CRS

FSW points will help you to find whether you are eligible for the Express Entry Process., whereas the CRS is a selection point which will determine the possibility of getting an ITA to apply for PR.

What is the difference between TRV and PR?

Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) also referred to as short-term visa. This visa is applicable to people who are planning to Study, Visit and work in Canada.

Permanent Residence (PR) is for the people who are planning to settle or work in Canada permanently.

What is Canadian Immigration Fee for PR?

As of 2021, Charges for the immigration process is 1325CAD$ per Adult applicant. Which includes processing fee and right of permanent residence fee. 225CAD$ per Kid.

What is Canadian Immigration Fee for PR?

Provincial nomination program offers you alternative pathways to permanent residence for Express Entry. They are provinces which offers non express entry streams to immigrate to Canada .

AIPP is a developing pathway to attain PR but this is an employer designated process. This could be another alternate way to attain PR for less IELTS score.

Can I apply for Canadian PR without IELTS?

No, You cannot apply for a PR without IELTS. IELTS is mandatory for PR application

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