Express Entry

Express Entry is the most popular immigration stream offering Canadian permanent residence
Express Entry is not an immigration program itself, it is actually an online system formed to manage Canada’s immigration applications intake. The process to apply for Express Entry normally goes like below: ligible candidates submit a profile into Express Entry pool. The highest ranking candidates are then invited to apply for permanent residence for the following classes:
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You can’t apply right into the above programs without first meeting the eligibility criteria of one of the categories above in order to become a candidate for Express Entry. Candidate’s profiles are ranked against each other according to a points-based system called the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). The top ranked candidates will be considered for an invitation to apply (ITA) for permanent residence. The eligibility criteria for each program under Express Entry varies

  • Federal Skilled Worker (FSW)
  • Federal Skilled trades Class (FST)
  • Canadian Experience Class (CEC)

The Federal Skilled Worker Program is Canada’s major economic immigration pathway and gives skilled workers, and their loved ones, the opportunity to become permanent residents in Canada

Minimum Eligibility Criteria:

Foreign nationals may begin the process of immigration under the Federal Skilled Worker Program by determining whether they meet the least requirements of the program. The minimum requirements are: 

  • One year of continuous full-time or equivalent paid work experience in the past 10 years in a skilled occupation classified under the  National Occupational Classification (NOC) skill level 0, A or B
  • Language proficiency equivalent to Canadian Language Benchmark CLB 7 in English or French across all abilities (reading, writing, listening, and speaking)
  • Canadian education (certificate, diploma, or degree) or foreign education credential and Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) report


In order to be eligible to apply under the Federal Skilled Worker Program, candidates must meet the minimum criteria for work, language ability, and education and obtain at least 67 points out of 100. The program’s selection factors evaluates candidates based on factors that include age, education, work experience, arranged employment, language ability and adaptability.

The Federal Skilled Trades is a Canadian permanent residence pathway for foreign nationals with experience in a skilled trade

Minimum Eligibility Criteria

In order to qualify for a Federal Skilled Trades applicants must:

  • have valid job offers of continuous, paid, full-time employment (at least 30 hours a week) from up to two employers in Canada for at least one year OR a certificate of qualification from a provincial body
  • provide proof of language proficiency— Canadian Level Benchmark (CLB) 5 for speaking and listening, CLB 4 for reading and writing
  • have obtained 2 years of full-time work experience or an equal amount of part-time work in the skilled trade in past five years
  • able to demonstrate the skills and experience and that they have performed the essential duties of the occupation
  • candidates must plan to reside outside the province of Quebec. The province of Quebec selects its own skilled workers through a unique immigration system

The Canadian Experience Class (CEC) is an immigration pathway for foreign workers who have Canadian Experience and wish to become permanent residents.

Minimum Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Must have at least one year of skilled, professional or technical work experience in Canada within 36 months before applying
  • Meet Canadian Language Benchmark of CLB 5 or 7, depending on the level of the job
  • Plan to live and work outside of Quebec (individuals with work experience in Quebec and who plan to reside in Quebec may apply to the Quebec Experience Class)

Applicants can stay in Canada during the application process. However, the Canadian Experience Class is also open to individuals who are no longer in Canada, as long as they submit their application within three years of leaving their job in Canada

Note: Self-employment and work experience acquired while you were a full-time student (for example, on a co-op work term) does not count under this program.

The Canadian Experience Class requirements are based on a pass or fail model. If the minimum requirements are met, the applicant is eligible to enter the Express Entry pool

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