FAQs: Canada Express Entry

Frequently Asked Questions

Canada Express Entry

Canada’s Express Entry is a simple and step-by-step procedure that involves:

  1. Find out your NOC (National Occupation Classification) Code. Know your NOC code so that you will be able to check whether your experience makes you eligible for express entry in Canada. Your work experience must fall under any one of skill type – 0, A, B, C or D and verify it for the program.
  2. Take the Language Assessment Test (IELTS or CELPIP) and score CLB 7 to become eligible for Express Entry.
  3. Get your Education Credential Assessment (ECA) done through the relevant assessing body related to your educational qualification.
  4. After getting a positive outcome for both the test results, create an express entry profile and mention key credentials like age, educational qualification, work experience, language ability, and adaptability factors. So, make sure you mention all the correct information in the express entry profile.
  5. A minimum of 67 points out of 100 on Canada Point Assessment grid is required for the above-mentioned factors to become eligible to apply for the next stage.
  6. After scoring desirable score, wait for the draw to reach your score and receive ITA. The regular draws are conducted by CIC inviting the highest CRS ranking applicant to apply for Canada PR.
  7. After getting ITA, you get 60 days time period to submit all the relevant documents
  8. Submission of documents and immigration fee
  9. Wait for the PPR (Passport Request for stamping)
  10. Submit Passport and get confirmation of PR
  11. Receive PR card
  12. Fly to Canada as a permanent resident

IELTS language test is the mandatory factor and the immigration department wants the applicant to pass the minimum benchmark of IELTS as the government wants to make sure that your language ability is up to the standard level and you are able to express yourself in Canada.

As per Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada, the applicant needs to obtain a minimum CLB 7 (Canadian Language Benchmark) in the English language proficiency test. The CLB 7 is achieved by securing IELTS 6 bands in each module of reading, writing, listening and speaking. Well, the higher are your language score the better you will get language factor points.

Half of the battle is solved when you have received ITA for Express Entry and now you have to go through different document checks and verifications. You will get 60 days to submit your visa application along with supporting documents.

It is advised to fill and submit your application well-in-advance as last-minute hurries may lead to non-good visa experience and if you submit applications on the last minute there are chances of facing server error due to extreme load on the last date of submission.

All skilled applicants who are planning to permanently settle in Canada through Express Entry must have a good profile as Express Entry program is a point-based immigration system allowing foreign skilled workers to settle in the country and contribute towards the growing economy. It is a two-stage process where the first stage is the Federal Skilled Worker Program that requires at least 67 points out of 100 on Canada Point Assessment Grid. In the second stage, your points are required to obtain ITA from IRCC. The points are calculated out of 1200. The highest ranking applicants are invited to apply to Canada PR.

The Express Entry process is the most popular visa and immigration pathway for the Canadian Permanent Residence. It has the fastest PR processing time. The general PR processing time for Express Entry is merely 6 months provided you have CRS score depending upon the current requirement of the Canadian government. The draw is generally conducted twice a month where the highest ranking applicant is invited to apply.

A lot of factors are responsible to constitute the overall Canada PR processing time for Express Entry.