It is not a new immigration program. Rather, it facilitates the selection and processing of Canada’s economic immigration programs: the Federal Skilled Worker Class (formerly the Federal Skilled Worker Program), the Federal Skilled Trades Class (formerly the Federal Skilled Trades Program), the Canadian Experience Class, and a portion of the Provincial Nominee Programs. Applicants make an “expression of interest” in immigrating to Canada and, if they are eligible for at least one of the aforementioned programs, they then enter the Express Entry pool. The federal government and provincial governments, as well as Canadian employers, are then able to select candidates from this pool who will then receive an Invitation To Apply for immigration to Canada under one of the programs. Express Entry moves Canada from a first come, first served (or supply-driven) system to an invitation to apply (or demand-driven) system. Modeled on similar systems in use in Australia and New Zealand, Express Entry aims to fast track the processing of skilled immigrants deemed most likely to succeed in Canada.
The Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) is a points-based system that is used to assess and score a candidate’s profile to rank them in the Express Entry pool. The CRS will assess the profile information candidates submit, including: skills, work experience, language ability, education and other factors including some bonus points mentioned at the following table in a simple way and below the same. The total points will be 1200 including 600 points for and Canadian arranged employment or a nomination by one of the Canadian participatory provincial government.
|Express Entry – Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) criteria|
(Maximum of 140-150 points)
|University degree at the Doctoral (PhD) level or equal||150 (single applicant) and 140 (applicant with a spouse)|
|University degree at the Master’s level or equal||135 (single applicant) and 126 (applicant with a spouse)|
|Two or more Canadian post-secondary degrees or diplomas or equal||128 (single applicant) and 119 (applicant with a spouse)|
|Canadian post-secondary degree or diploma for a program of three years or longer, or equal||120 (single applicant) and 112 (applicant with a spouse)|
|Canadian post-secondary degree or diploma for a two-year program, or equal||98 (single applicant) and 91 (applicant with a spouse)|
|02.||Ability in English/IELTS (GT) as the First Official Language, (128-136 points for applicant with a spouse and single applicant depending on different CLB levels. (Please, note only CLB Levels 7, 8 and 9 are explained here) OR, French as the Second Official Language (22-24 points for applicant with a spouse and single applicant)||Listening||6= 16-17 Points (CLB Level-7)||7.5= 22-23 Points (CLB Level-8)||8 to 9= 29-31 Points (CLB Level-9)||
Out of 136 (for single applicant) or 128 (applicant with a spouse) points
|Reading||6= 16-17 Points (CLB Level-7)||6.5= 22-23 Points (CLB Level-8)||7 to 9= 29-31 Points (CLB Level-9)|
|Writing||6= 16-17 Points (CLB Level-7)||6.5= 22-23 Points (CLB Level-8)||7 to 9= 29-31 Points (CLB Level-9)|
|Speaking||6= 16-17 Points (CLB Level-7)||6.5= 22-23 Points (CLB Level-8)||7 to 9= 29-31 Points (CLB Level-9)|
|03.||Working Experience in last 10 years under any of the Canadian National Occupational Classification (NOC) occupations With good official language proficiency||0 year full-time paid work experience||0 points||Out of maximum 100 points including 50 points for 1-2 years of Canadian work experience|
|1-2 years full-time paid work experience + CLB 7/9 in IELTS||13/25 points|
|03 years full-time paid work experience + CLB 7/9 in IELTS||25/50 points|
|1-2 OR, 03 years full-time work experience plus additional 1-2 years or more of Canadian work experience||13 (combined with 1 year of Canadian work experience), 25 (Combined with 2 years of Canadian work experience) and 50 (Combined with 3 years of Canadian work experience) points|
|04.||Age||Applicants’ age is 18 scores 90 (if married) & 99 (if single) points, Applicants’ age is 19 scores 95 (if married) & 105 (if single) points, Applicants’ age is between 20 to 29 years scores 100 (if married) & 110 (if single) and from 30 to 44 scores downward points 95-105 (for married and single applicant) to 05-06 (for married and single applicant) respectively allocated for each age.||Out of maximum 100/110 points (for applicant with a spouse and single applicant)|
|05.||An arranged Employment or a nomination by a Provincial Government of Canada||You have a full-time job offer that has been confirmed by HRSDC or you have been nominated by any of the participatory provinces of Canada as a skilled worker.||Maximum 600 points|
|06.||Spouse or common-law partner factors (if applicable)
Maximum of 30 points excluding 10 (5>7>8>9>10) points for spouse’s Canadian work experience of 1>5 years
|Spouse’s English Language Ability:
Spouse or common-law partner has a language skill in English (IELTS) at CLB level 7-9 in all four language abilities (Listening – 6 to 7.5, Reading – 6 to 6.5, Writing – 6 to 6.5 & Speaking – 6 to 6.5). If the IELTS score for the spouse is less than CLB Level-7 but, is 5-6; he/she can claim 04 points extra. Please note, IELTS results can not be more than two years old on the day you apply.
|Out of maximum 12-20
Points respectively allocating 3 to 5 points per ability
|Spouse’s Highest level of Education:
Your accompanying spouse or common-law partner has a Canadian post-secondary degree or diploma for a two-year program, or equal, Canadian post-secondary degree or diploma for a program of three years or longer, or equal, two or more Canadian post-secondary degrees or diplomas or equal, University degree at the Master’s level or equal, University degree at the Doctoral (PhD) level or equal; he/she can claim an extra points from 7-10 respectively.
|Out of maximum 10 points|
Under Express Entry, Federal Skilled Workers across 347 eligible occupations who meet minimum entry criteria, submit an expression of interest profile to the Express Entry Pool. The profiles of candidates in the pool are ranked under a Comprehensive Ranking System. The highest ranked candidates will be considered for an invitation to apply for permanent residence. Candidates receiving an invitation must submit a full application within a delay of 60-days.
Federal Skilled Workers are persons with suitable education, work experience, age and language abilities under one of Canada’s official languages and who are selected under the Express Entry Immigration system to apply for permanent residence.
To qualify for admission to the Express Entry Pool as a Federal Skilled Worker, applicants must meet the following conditions:
Find out whether you qualify under the Federal Skilled Worker Program or other programs in Canada by completing our free online evaluation for Skilled Workers or other categories. We will provide you with your evaluation results within 1-2 business days.
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