Canada Express Entry Program 2021

Canada Express Entry Program 2021

Express Entry is a pathway to apply for Canada permanent residence (PR) visa. If you are a skilled worker and want to immigrate to Canada, then first you need to submit your application in the express entry pool.

If you are eligible, you will be placed in the express entry pool; you will be ranked based on your age, qualification, work experience, adaptability, etc. This ranking is known as CRS (comprehensive ranking score/ system).

Please note an Express Entry is not a PR application, but an indication of your interest in being considered to apply for the PR visa, which means if you submit your profile in the Express Entry pool it wouldn’t imply that you will get an invitation to apply for a PR visa. Your selection in the Express Entry pool is completely based on your CRS score, having the highest CRS score in the Express Entry pool, will have higher/more chances to get an Invitation to apply for PR.

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



Canada Express entry Benefits

1. Express Entry will allow Provinces, Territories and Employers to recruit skilled foreign workers directly from the Express Entry pool.

2. Express Entry allows for more job recruitment possibilities for prospective foreign skilled migrants before arrival in Canada.

3. 80% of cases from receipt of the complete application for permanent residence to the final decision are made within six months.

4. Express Entry Canada can help you get a Canada PR visa faster.

Do you wish to settle in Canada permanently? Apply for your express entry now.



Express Entry Eligibility

To apply for Canada Express Entry, you need to meet any program requirements such as the Federal Skilled Worker Program OR Federal Skilled Trade Program OR Canadian Experience Class Program.

Federal Skilled Worker Program:

To be eligible under the Canada FSW program, you need to satisfy the following requirements

  • Age:
    The applicant must be aged 18 or above but below 49 years at the time of applying.

  • Qualification:
    The applicant must have Canadian or equivalent to Canada standard qualification from a recognized university/ institution.
    Qualification specialization requirements may vary as per the NOC code.

  • Work Experience:
    You must have at least 12-months of full-time, paid, continuous relevant work experience in the NOC skills set O, A & B over the ten years before the date of your submission of your PR visa application.
    Please note some occupations require specific education or license so, please check here before applying your Express Entry application.

  • Language ability:
    All the applicants who intend to apply for Canada Express Entry must prove their English language ability. You can write any of the English language exams to demonstrate your English language skills.
    IELTS
    CELPIP
  • To apply for Canada Express Entry, you must have six bands in your IELTS test result. Having less than six bands makes you ineligible to apply for Canada Express Entry; in this case, you can use another program such as Canada PNP; for more detail, contact our immigration expert.


  • Settlement Funds:
    The settlement fund is a mandatory requirement to apply for Canada Express Entry; please note you must maintain the settlement funds throughout the process.
    The amount of money you need to support your family depends on the size of your family. To calculate the size of your family, you must include.
    Yourself
    Your spouse or partner
    Your dependent children

    You must include your spouse or dependent children even if they’re permanent residents or Canadian citizens or even if they are not coming to Canada with you.

    To know about the exact number of funds required to apply for Canada express entry, kindly check Canada express entry documents checklist.

  • Health Requirements:
    To apply for Canada Express Entry, you also need to pass medical examination to ensure you don’t have any acute illness that could impose a threat to Canadian public safety and to prove your health status you need to undergo medical examination.

  • Character requirements:
    To apply for Canada Express Entry, you & your family members aged 18 years or above must be a law abiding citizen and to prove the same you need to provide a Police Clearance Certificate from your home country and the country where you stayed for the length of six months or more.

CRS Calculator

Once you submit your express entry application, Citizenship Immigration Canada rank candidates in the pool using a points-based system called CRS or Comprehensive Ranking System.

This Comprehensive Ranking System is based on the following parameters

1. Core Human Factor - 500 CRS

2. Skills Transferability - 100 CRS

3. Additional factors - 600 CRS

  • Core Human Factor:
    This factor is all about the credential of the primary applicant, such as Age, Qualification, English language ability, French, job offer letter. Here you can get a maximum 500 CRS score.

  • Skills Transferability:
    Skill transferability contributes a total of 100 Express Entry points towards the Comprehensive Ranking System with key factors such as education, foreign work experience, Canadian certificate of qualification while other factors are high language proficiency with a CLB 7 or higher and Canadian work experience.

  • Additional Factors:
    This is the most critical factor in boosting your CRS score; it includes.
    Nomination from a province or territory
    LMIA approved valid job offer
    Sibling in Canada either PR holder or Citizen
    Competent French language skills
    Canadian qualification

So total = Core Human Factor (500) + Skills Transferability (100) + Additional Factor (600) = your total score 1200

If you would like to calculate your CRS score, click on our Canada Comprehensive Ranking System tool. Known as Canada CRS calculator



Canada CRS Calculator Table in Detail

S.No. Factors With spouse Without spouse
1 Core Human Factor
Age 100 110
Level of education 140 150
Canadian Work Experience 70 80
Communication Skills 150 190
2 Spouse or common-law partner factors
Level of education 10 00
Official language proficiency 20 00
Canadian Work Experience 10 00
3 Skill Transferability factors (Maximum 100 points)
Education Max. 50 points Max. 50 points
With good/strong official languages proficiency and a post-secondary degree. 50 50
Foreign work experience Max. 50 points Max. 50 points
With good/strong official languages proficiency (Canadian Language Benchmark [CLB] level 7 or higher) and foreign work experience 50 50
Certificate of qualification (for people in trade occupations) Max. 50 points Max. 50 points
With good/strong official languages proficiency and a certificate of qualification 50 50
Additional Factor – Max – 600
Brother or sister living in Canada (citizen or permanent resident) 15 15
French language skills 30 30
Post-secondary education in Canada 30 30
Arranged employment 200/50 200/50
PNP Nomination. 600 600


Express Entry Draw

Canada Express Entry Draw / Express Entry round of Invitation, conducted by CIC Canada; Express Entry draw, includes.

1. Number of invitations issued:   3,000

2. Rank required to be invited to apply:   3000th or above

3. Date and time of round:   August 5th, 2021 at 13:11:37 UTC

4. Lowest CRS score ( cut off) on the candidates invited:   404

5. The name of immigration program(s) are included in the round:   Canadian Experience Class

6. Tie-breaking rule ( if applicable):   August 3rd, 2021 at 05:39:26 UTC



What to do if you’re not invited to apply

If you’re not invited from the Canada Express Entry pool, your EOI will expire within 12 months from the date of the submission automatically. It 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 lose 5-7 points every year as your age increases. Thus, it reduces your chances of selection.

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


How to increase/ 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 are 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 to Increasing CRS Score

If your CRS score is unfavorable and you want to improve your score, then Aptech Visa suggest you consider the following options-

  • Short term options to Increase CRS score:
    a) Improving your English and French:
    Canada is bilingual country which means it 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 write 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 your spouse is younger than you and has skilled experience post qualification, make your spouse a primary applicant because age contributes 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 language ability is worth up to 20 CRS points in total if he/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 up to 10 points for your advantage by getting ECA done for your spouse qualification. If you plan on moving to Canada together with your spouse/common-law partner.

  • 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; 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 boost your CRS score up to 200 scores also will be a life-changing move.


Minimum IELTS score for Canada express entry

You must demonstrate that you meet the minimum IELTS score for Express Entry Canada set by the CIC Canada by providing proof of your language proficiency exam. The minimum IELTS score required for Canada Express Entry is IELTS 6 bands in each module (reading, writing, speaking & listening).

Please Note:- Language test results are valid for two years only. So it is the applicant’s sole responsibility to provide a valid IELTS score card throughout the process.

Language tests accepted by CIC for Express Entry visa:

You may write /take any of these approved language tests:

  • English Language Proficiency:
    To prove your English language proficiency, you can write any one of the Exam
    International English Language Testing system (IELTS) – General Training:
    You need to write IELTS – GT and must score a minimum of six bands in each module.
    CELPIP: Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program:
    You must take the CELPIP-General test; CIC doesn’t accept the General-LS test for Express Entry, and you need to score CELPIP level.

  • French:
    To prove your French language proficiency, you can write any one of the following Exam.
    TEF Canada: Test d’évaluation de français,
    TCF Canada: Test de connaissance du français.

Calculate your language points

Convert IELTS to CLB level:

CLB level Reading Writing Speaking Listening
10 10 7.5 7.5 8.5
09 7 7 7 8
08 6.5 6.5 6.5 6.5
07 6 6 6 6

IELTS to CLB Calculator

Convert TEL to CLB level:

CLB level Oral expression Listening comprehension Reading Comprehension Written expression
CLB 7 310 - 348 249 - 279 207 - 232 310 - 348
CLB 8 349 - 370 280 - 297 233 - 247 349 - 370
CLB9 371+ 298+ 248+ 371+

TEF to CLB calculator

CELPIP to CLB calculator

CLB level CELPIP G - Oral expression TEF- Listening comprehension CELPIP G - Reading Comprehension CELPIP G - Written expression
CLB 7 7 7 7 7
CLB 8 8 8 8 8
CLB9 9 9 9 9


What changes have recently been made to Express Entry?

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

  • Points for French:
    Now you can get additional 50 CRS score if you write French exam and get appropriate score.
    25 additional CRS score if you scored CLB 4
    50 additional CRS score if you scored CLB 5

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

  • 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 be automatically be placed into the pool eligible for invitation rounds right away.

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