Express Entry. Immigration to Canada
Express Entry is the selection system for Canadian immigration, designed to select skilled workers for immigration to Canada. It is a completely electronic process involving the federal government, provincial governments, and Canadian employers.
Express Entry is used to manage applications for permanent residence under these federal economic immigration programs:
- the Federal Skilled Worker Program,
- the Federal Skilled Trades Program, and
- the Canadian Experience Class.
Provinces and territories can also recruit candidates from the Express Entry system through their Provincial Nominee Programs to meet local labour market needs.
The Express Entry system has two steps:
Step 1. Potential candidates complete an online Express Entry profile. This is a secure form to provide information about candidates’:
- work experience,
- language ability,
- education, and
- other details that will help to assess them.
Those who meet the criteria of one of the federal immigration programs listed above will be accepted into a pool of candidates.
Step 2. The highest-ranking candidates in the pool will be invited to apply for permanent residence. Candidates ranked against others in the pool using a point-based system called the Comprehensive Ranking System. Points are awarded using the information in their profile.
- Spouse of the main applicant for immigration to Canada immigrate for free.
- Children of the main applicant for immigration to Canada immigrate for free.