Express Entry

On January 1st, 2015, the Canadian Government introduced the Express Entry system. Express Entry is a file management system used by the Canadian Government for certain immigration applications, it is not actually an immigration program itself.

This express entry system is now used by anyone seeking to immigrate to Canada as a Federal Skilled Worker, Federal Skilled Tradesperson, member of the Canadian Experience Class or a Provincial Nominee.

If you do not meet the requirements of the Federal Skilled Worker, Federal Skilled Tradesperson, Canadian Experience Class or the Provincial Nominee programs, you will not be eligible to use the Express Entry system.

Express Entry Video Guide

Video Transcript

My name is Deanne Acres, and I’m the regulated Canadian immigration consultant for Canada Abroad, let’s talk about our express entry permanent residency file review.

This is a service whereby we review your entire application once you have received an invitation to apply for permanent residency. This would not be a service for those who have only submitted their profile and have not yet been selected for permanent residency. To be clear, you can only use this service if you have received an invitation to apply, and if you have done all of the online application forms and you have them and your supporting documents ready for review.

How this works is, you send these documents to us and we review all the application forms and all of your supporting documents – to ensure that the information is correct – before you submit your application for permanent residency through the express entry system. We will also provide you with the written report that points out any flaws, and we will advise you if any of your documents are not appropriate, whether it be that they are missing information, they are the incorrect versions, or perhaps they are certified where they’re not supposed to be certified.

This review is for those who have received an invitation to apply, are ready to submit their permanent residency application, and want to have it reviewed to ensure that all of the information is correct before submitting it to the Canadian government.

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How Does Express Entry Work?

The Basics of the Express Entry system and process are outlined in this guide.

Follow The Steps Bellow

Step 1: Do You Qualify?

In order to be eligible to submit an application through Express Entry you need to meet the criteria of one of the four immigration programs below and be able to show the minimum amount of required settlement funds for your family size.

Federal Skilled Worker
  • You have one year or more of full-time paid work experience in an O, A or B classified occupation and;
  • You have achieved 67 points or higher on the Federal Skilled Worker Points System (this is based on age, education, language, work experience and adaptability. If you do not have any post-secondary education, you will not be likely to qualify.)
Federal Skilled Trades
  • At least two years of work experience in a skilled trade in the past 5 years and;
  • Have a job offer from a Canadian employer of at least one year OR a Canadian skilled trade certificate or qualification.
Provincial Nominee
  • You have been given a nomination certificate by one of the Canadian provinces or territories.
  • It is important to keep in mind that you can become a Provincial Nominee, but you first have to already be in the Express Entry pool under one of the other three categories if you do not already have an existing nomination.
Canadian Experience Class
  • Have at least one year of full time paid skilled work experience in Canada.
Settlement Funds Requirements for all programs
Number of

family members

Funds required

(in Canadian dollars)

1 $12,960
2 $16,135
3 $19,839
4 $24,083
5 $27,315
6 $30,806
7 $34,299
For each additional family member $3,492

Step 1

Step 2

Step 2: Documents Required

Once you know that you qualify under Step 1 you will have to write an approved language test and obtain an educational credential assessment. Be sure to have your credentials assessed by one of the agencies recognized by Immigration, Citizenship and Refugees Canada. We personally recommend World Education Services as we find them to be the quickest, but you can use any of the approved agencies.

Book Language Test (South Africa only)

If you know, or think, that you do need a language test for your application, please contact us and we would gladly assist you with that. We will advise you of the available dates and times in your area and make the booking for you as well as submit the required supporting documents to confirm your booking. Our fee includes the test fee!



Book the appropriate language test for your application; whether it be a study permit; or work permit; or any type of application that goes through the express entry system. 

Education Credential Assessment Account with Transcripts

If you obtained your education in South Africa, we can assist with your educational credential assessment profile.  We will create an account with the applicable body and obtain your academic transcripts from the university or college you attended. We will arrange that all these documents be couriered to Canada. So, in essence, all of the documentation and logistics in terms of your educational credentials assessment would be handled on your behalf, and you would be issued with the report once it has been issued by the Canadian government.

Education Credential Assessment

Obtain your Educational Credential Assessment hassle-free. We create an account with the applicable body for you & order your academic transcripts & manage all the documentation and logistics.

Education Credential Assessment Account without Transcripts

If you obtained your education in South Africa, we can assist with your educational credential assessment profile.  We will create an account with the applicable body for you. We will create your account with the applicable body and direct you on which documents need to be submitted to them and where to send them.

Education Credential Assessment

Obtain your Educational Credential Assessment hassle-free. We will create your account with the applicable body and advise you where to submit the required documents.

Step 3: Enter the Express Entry System

Once you have the documents required to enter the Express Entry system, follow the instructions on the Citizenship and Immigration Canada website to create your Express Entry Profile online. As long as you qualify you will receive a message letting you know you have met the criteria and they will give you a Job Seeker Code and Profile Code number. If you did not meet the criteria you will receive an ineligible message. They will not explain why you were found ineligible.

Ineligibility Status
If you have been found ineligible and you think there was an error, contact us today to have your profile reviewed to find the error – [email protected]
Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS)

At this stage you will also be issued your Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score based on the information you have entered. This is the score that will be used when Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) selects people from the Express Entry Pool.

If you feel that your score is too low and are looking for ways to increase it, read our blog article.


Complete our free assessment here to have our Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant evaluate whether you would be eligible to immigrate to Canada at this time.

Register With The Job Bank

Once you have received your eligibility message and your codes, you can then use these codes to register with the Job Bank, which will also be outlined in your introduction letter from MyCIC.

You will then receive another message on your account confirming your entry into Express Entry.

How A Job Offer Improves Your CRS score

Please keep in mind that even if you receive a job offer, you will only earn 50 – 200 additional points for your CRS score if the employer obtains a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) for you, the offer itself is not enough.

Step 4

Step 4: Wait to be Selected

After you have been entered into the Express Entry Pool you wait to be selected based on your Comprehensive Ranking System Score. If your score is too low, you can begin to apply to the Provinces, which have specific Provincial programs in place for Express Entry applicants.

Canadian Province or Territory CRS Scores

If you are selected by a Canadian Province or Territory 600 points will be added to your CRS score. Just remember, you will be required to work and live in the province that has nominated you so ensure you are willing to comply with these requirements before applying to a province.

Step 5: Submit Application

Once you have been issued with an Invitation to Apply you will be given 60 days to submit your full application for Permanent Residency. If you do not submit your application within the specified 60-day period you will not be able to submit your application and will have to re-submit your Express Entry profile and start again. At this stage you will be required to complete further application forms and submit additional documents to the ones done with your Express Entry Profile.

Step 5

Step 6

Step 6: Immigrate

Once you have submitted your application, you will be sent a message later on to request that you complete biometrics at your closest visa application centre. For some, this will require travelling. Once you receive your biometrics letter you will have 30 days to complete the biometrics. The full processing time for applications submitted via the Express Entry system is 6 months from the day of submission. After the six months you will be notified if your application was approved or rejected. If approved, you will then be issued with your immigrant visa and will be able to immigrate to Canada.

Permanent Residency Approved: Landing Information

Your application was approved, and your passport was likely requested, and you were issued with an immigrant visa in your passport and a confirmation of permanent residency document. We can advise you on the next steps; relating to landing in Canada, meeting their residency requirements, obtaining Citizenship.

Landing Information Consultation

Book a Landing Information Consultation to learn more about the next steps relating to landing in Canada, meeting their residency requirements and obtaining Citizenship.

What’s Next?


Complete our free assessment here to have our Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant evaluate whether you would be eligible to immigrate to Canada at this time.


To review your eligibility and all of your available Canadian immigration options directly with our Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant, book a full consultation right now.

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