Express Entry Canada requirements, Draw and processing Time

Canada PR Requirements

Express Entry Canada



From CAD 1365

Processing Time

approximately 6 months


What is Canada Express Entry? 

Express Entry is the fastest pathway towards applying for Canada permanent residence (PR) visa. If you are a skilled worker and want to Immigrate to Canada, you first need to submit your application to the Express Entry pool. The applicant will be placed in the express entry pool; the applicant will be ranked based on age, qualification, work experience, adaptability, etc. This ranking system is known as the CRS (Comprehensive Ranking System).

Please note that an Express Entry is not a PR application but an indication of your interest in being considered to apply for the PR visa. Therefore, if you submit your profile in the Express Entry pool, you will not be invited to apply for a PR visa.

Applicant’s selection in the Express Entry pool is based on the CRS score; having the highest CRS score in the Express Entry pool will have higher/more chances of getting an Invitation to apply for PRApplicant’s selection in the Express Entry pool is based on the CRS score; having the highest CRS score in the Express Entry pool will have higher/more chances of getting an Invitation to apply for PR.

Citizenship Immigration Canada invites the highest-ranking candidates from the Express Entry pool. These invitations to rounds conducted by CIC per fortnight are known as the Express Entry draw.

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Meet, Ms Subhashree who Got her Canada PR through Express Entry

Who Can Apply for Canada Express Entry?

Express entry in Canada can be applied by the individuals who meet the following criteria's.

1.  select Immigration Programs:
The Express Entry system manages applications for the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP), and Canadian Experience Class (CEC). So, the applicant needs to select or choose to relevant program under which you wants to apply fro Express Entry 

2. Points Score:

To be eligible for Canada Express entry, you must score 67 points out of 100 under the federal skilled worker program. These points are based on age, qualifications, education, and IELTS.

If you wish to calculate your points score, click here. Please find the Points overall here. 
 FactorsMaximum points score 
 Age 12 
 Qualification 25
 Work Experience 15
Language proficiency (English & French) 28
Adaptability 10
Arranged Employment  10
Total  100
3. Occupation Status:
You must have at least 12 months of full-time, paid, continuous, relevant work experience in the NOC skills set 0, 1, 2 & 3 over the ten years before the date of your submission of your PR visa application. 
If you want to know the NOC code, thenclick here.  
4. Sufficient Funds:
Settlement funds in the context of Canadian immigration refer to the money that immigrants are required to show they can support themselves and their dependents when they arrive in Canada. The purpose of this requirement is to ensure that newcomers can cover their living expenses and establish themselves in Canada without relying on social assistance.
Please find the settlement funds below. 
Number of peopleFunds in CAD Funds in Indian Rs. (if 1 CAD = Rs. 62)
 1 $13,757 Rs. 8,52,934
 2 $17,127 Rs. 10,61,874
 3 $21,055 Rs. 13,05410
 4 $25,564 Rs. 15,84,968
 5 $28,994 Rs. 17,97,628
 6 $32,700 Rs. 20,27,400
 7 $36,407 Rs. 22,57,234
If there are more than 7 people, for each additional family member, then add  $3,706. 

5. English Language Proficiency Test:
The primary applicant who intends to apply for Canada Express entry must prove your language proficiency by writing acceptable English or French language exams ( IELTS or CELPIP, TEF), and a minimum score is required of 6 bands in each General training module.

6) Age:
You must be between 18 and 49 years old when applying for Express Entry Canada. 

7. Health & character requirements: 
To apply for Canada express entry, you must also pass a health examination to ensure your health is no danger/ threat to Canadian public safety. To prove your health status, you need to undergo a health examination.

You & your family must be of good character, so you need to provide a Police clearance certificate from your home country and the country where you stayed six months or more in the row from 18 years or older.

It's important to note that meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee an invitation to apply for permanent residence. The CRS score plays a crucial role, and candidates with higher scores have a better chance of receiving an invitation. Additionally, some provincial nomination programs are aligned with Express Entry, and receiving a provincial nomination can significantly boost a candidate's CRS score.

How to apply for Canada Express Entry from India – step-by-step guide

The Express Entry process in Canada involves several steps. Here's a step-by-step guide to help you understand the process:

1) Determine Eligibility:
Before you start the Express Entry process, determine your eligibility for one of the three federal immigration programs managed through Express Entry: Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP), or Canadian Experience Class (CEC).

2) Language Proficiency Test:
Take an approved language proficiency test (English or French) and obtain the required scores. The results of this test are crucial for calculating your Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score.

3) Educational Credential Assessment (ECA):
If you completed your education outside of Canada, you may need to get your credentials assessed by an approved organization to ensure they are equivalent to Canadian standards.

4) Create an Express Entry Profile:
Create an online Express Entry profile on the Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) website. You will provide information about your skills, work experience, language proficiency, education, and other relevant details.

5) Receive Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) Score:
Your profile will be assigned a CRS score based on factors such as age, education, work experience, language proficiency, and others. You will enter the pool of candidates, and your score will determine your ranking.

6) Provincial Nomination (Optional):
If you are eligible for and interested in provincial nomination, you can express your interest in one or more provinces. Receiving a provincial nomination can significantly boost your CRS score.

7) Receive Invitation to Apply (ITA):
Regular draws are conducted from the Express Entry pool, and candidates with the highest CRS scores receive invitations to apply for permanent residence. If you receive an ITA, you will have a limited time to submit a complete application.

8) Submit Permanent Residence Application:
Once you receive an ITA, submit a complete application for permanent residence through the online system. You will need to provide supporting documents and pay the required fees.

9) Medical Exam and Police Clearance:
Undergo a medical examination by an approved panel physician and obtain a police clearance certificate.

10) Decision on Permanent Residence:
After submitting your application, it will be reviewed by immigration authorities. If everything is in order, you may receive a confirmation of permanent residence (COPR) and a permanent resident visa.
Travel to Canada:

Once approved, you can travel to Canada as a permanent resident. Upon arrival, you will need to present your COPR and undergo a final check by a border services officer.
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Watch Mr. Ashish Experience with Aptech Visa for his Canada PR  visa through Express Entry Canada. 

What is Express Entry Draw?

An Express Entry draw is a process of selection of highest scoring candidates from the Express Entry pool. Citizenship immigration Canada invites applicants from the Express Entry pool for Canada PR visa. The frequency of Express Entry draw and minimum CRS cut-off requirements keep on changing completely based on the Canadian labour market. 

You can find the Canada Express Entry draw update here. Please find the latest Canada Express Entry Draw below.

What to do if you’re not invited to apply in Express Entry 

If you’re not invited from the Canada Express Entry pool, your EOI will be expired within 12 months from the date of the submission will be removed from the system. You can still create a new profile. If your profile is about to expire, you need to remember that you are losing 5-7 points every year just because increasing your Age may reduce your chances for selection.

However, we recommend you Please don't forget to explore the Canada PNPoption to get Canada PR. 

So better try to as soon as possible you can apply.


How to increase or Improve comprehensive ranking score/system CRS

Migrating to Canada is an exciting opportunity but also a challenge. Simply being eligible for Canada Express entry is not enough for you to get an Invitation to Apply (ITA). Or Getting into the Express Entry pool doesn’t mean that you will receive an invitation to apply for a Canada PR visa.

The higher your CRS score, the better your chances of receiving an invitation. So, what can you do to get a higher CRS score?

Here are some quick tips that could help you increase your CRS Score

If your CRS score is unfavourable and you want to improve your score, then Aptech visa suggests you consider the following options-

1. Short-term options to Increase CRS score:

a) Improving your English and French:

Canada is a bilingual country, which means Canada has two official languages: English and French.

For English, you can write IELTS or CELPIP, and your English contributes a CRS score of 260/ 600. So, improving your language proficiency will not only increase your CRS score but also assist you in getting better jobs/ opportunities in Canada. Try to score CLB 9 bands in IELTS – General module; CLB 9 means you must have 7 bands in Reading, writing, speaking and 8 bands in listening.

Having competency in French will boost your CRS score; now, you can claim a 50 CRS score if you have a competent score in French; for the French language, you can take the TEF exam.

b) Change primary applicant:
If you are married and planning to migrate to Canada with your spouse, check which one has more chances to get a higher CRS score. If a spouse is younger than you and has skilled experience post-qualification, make your spouse a primary applicant because age contributes to 110 CRS scores.

So, every couple should carefully review who should be the principal applicant.

c) Siblings in Canada:
You can claim 15 points if you have a sibling in Canada based on a PR visa or citizenship.

d) Improve your partner’s first language:
Did you know that a spouse’s language ability is worth up to 20 CRS points in total if she can write an English language proficiency test, and You can add up to 20 points to your CRS through your partner’s first language scores?

e) Spouse qualification ECA:
You can take advantage of up to 10 points by getting ECA done for your spouse qualification if you plan on moving to Canada together with your spouse/common-law partner.

2. Long Term option to Increase CRS score:

a) PNP nomination:
PNP is also a Fast-Track option to boost your CRS score up to 600; a PNP nomination increases your CRS score and speeds up your process.

b) Valid Job Offer Letter:
If you have a valid job offer, you can get additional points. Securing a job offer from outside of Canada seems challenging but not impossible; obtaining a job offer letter supported by LMIA not only boosts your CRS score up to 200 but also will be a life-changing move.

What changes have recently been made to Express Entry?

Citizenship Immigration Canada has announced the following changes in the Express entry system

1) Points for French:
Now, you can get an additional 50 CRS score if you writethe French exam and get an appropriate score.

  •   25 additional CRS score if you scored CLB 4
  •   50 additional CRS score if you scored CLB 5

2)Points for siblings in Canada:
You can now earn 15 additional CRS scores in the express entry pool if you/ your spouse has a brother or sister who is:
  •  Living in Canada and
  •  Canadian Citizen or Canadian PR holder

3)Job Bank registration voluntary:
It is now up to you if you want to create a Job Match account with Job Bank. If you meet the minimum entry criteria for Express Entry, you will automatically be placed into the pool.
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  • Express Entry Canada:FAQ

    Explore the Express Entry Canada program from India, a streamlined pathway to Canadian immigration. Find out the Canada Express Entry process, eligibility criteria.

    Q. Who is eligible for Canada Express Entry?

    Canada express entry eligibility requirements are to be met based on the candidate's age, qualification, work experience, english language proficiency test, adaptability, arranged employment and provisional nomination. 

    Q. How long is Express Entry visa valid?

    The express entry visa validity or the processing time involved in visa is 12 months. After the successful completion of the application it will be valid for next 1 year from the date of approval. 

    Q. What is the age limit for Express Entry to Canada?

    Express entry in canada permit the skilled people to migrate permanently with a  certain age criteria, which is a limit between 18- 35 years. If the age is more than 35 years it would not be considered for an express entry application. 

    Q. What is the minimum score for Express Entry?

    Express entry works on english language proficiency test requirements which needs to be at least 6 bands in IELTS (no band less than 6 in each). However, PTE score is also valid but the score should be minimum 65. 

    Q. What is the latest draw date for Express Entry?

    The express entry latest draw is processed under IRCC. IRCC conducts the draw per fortnight. You can find the updated draw here. 

    Q. How to calculate CRS score for Express Entry?

    TO calculate your CRS score, You can click on the CRS score calculatorby clicking here ....................................
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