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Canada Express Entry

For immigrants seeking a new life in Canada, Express Entry is the quickest and most popular path to permanent residency. Every year, around 110,000 skilled professionals enter Canada through the Express Entry system.

EXpress Entry : The fastest route to Canada

Canada Express Entry: The Ultimate Guide

Being at the peak of Canadian immigration consultancy in the UAE, Royal migration has assisted 271k+ skilled workers in filling out their application for Canada Express Entry. Proven to be the fastest to the Canadian permanent residency fastest route, the scramble for Canada through express entry keeps increasing. As a resolution to this, Royal Migration Solutions has given great attention to it and developed strategic approaches to make the best out of every application submission, which justifies our continuously increasing success rate.

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Canada Express Entry Overview

The Canadian government uses Express Entry, an online system, to organize and process applications for skilled workers who want to immigrate to Canada and get permanent residence status. The system manages three main federal economic programs:

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

It takes two steps to apply for Express Entry. The initial step is to submit your application, which will require the following documents:

  1. Language test results
  2. Educational credential assessment report
  3. A passport or travel document

You will need to submit a more substantial application that includes reference letters, extra identity documents, police clearance certificates, and the results of a medical examination once you submit your profile and receive an invitation to apply for Canadian permanent residency.

Express Entry candidates should have a university or college diploma, relevant professional experience, and a moderate knowledge of English and/or French. Candidates must complete the eligibility conditions for one of three federal programs in order to submit a profile using the Express Entry system:

  1. Language test results
  2. Educational credential assessment report
  3. A passport or travel document

Reach out to us and one of our immigration specialists will you in checking your eligibility status.

To be qualified to apply for Express Entry as a skilled worker, you must meet the following criteria:

- Have at least one year of continuous full-time (or comparable part-time) work experience in a skilled occupation in the last ten years.
- Be able to demonstrate a minimum of Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) seven in either English or French on an approved language test.
- Completed post-secondary education that is assessed against Canadian standards with an Education Credential Assessment

These are the minimum requirements for applying as a skilled worker to Canada's Express Entry system. Meeting these conditions does not guarantee that you will be invited to apply for permanent residence in Canada. Candidates with superior profiles will always be chosen above those who only fulfil the bare requirements.

Immigrating to Canada via Express Entry costs around CAD 2,300 for a single applicant and CAD 4,500 for a couple. The costs are broken down as follows:

  1. Language tests: Average cost – CAD 300 
  2. Educational Credential Assessment (ECA): Average cost – CAD 285 
  3. Biometrics: $85/person
  4. Government fees: $1,325/adult & $225/child
  5. Medical examination fees: average cost – $450/adult & $250/child
  6. Police clearance certificates: average cost – $100/Country

There are no expenses associated with submitting your initial Express Entry profile to the government. Fees are only required if you are invited to apply for permanent residency in Canada. If you apply through a PNP, you may be required to pay provincial immigration fees in addition to the government processing expenses.

You must also show that you have sufficient funds to sustain your resettlement in Canada unless you are applying under the Canadian Experience Class program or have a legally arranged employment offer. These funds are not paid to the government, but you must have access to them to be granted a permanent residence visa.

Express Entry does not require a job offer. The vast majority of Express Entry candidates do not have a formal job offer in Canada. If you have a genuine work offer in Canada, it can increase your CRS score by up to 200 points.

From the time an Express Entry profile is submitted to the time a permanent residence visa is issued, the procedure can take as little as six months. However, this will not be the case in all circumstances. If you do not receive an invitation to apply, your Express Entry profile will remain active in the pool of candidates for another 12 months. If you have not got an invitation after 12 months, you may resubmit your profile and stay in the pool. To break it down, even more, consider the following:

  • Your profile will remain valid for 12 months in the Express Entry pool
  • Upon issuance of the ITA, you will have 60 days to provide the requested full application documents
  • Once the immigration authorities receive your complete application, and your permanent resident visa, IRCC may process your application in about six months

Express Entry points and eligibility

The Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score is frequently referred to when people refer to Canada’s “Express Entry points.” The CRS score is used by Canada to rank individuals in the Express Entry pool based on several characteristics, including:

  • Age;
  • Spouse factors;
  • Level of education;
  • Proficiency in French or English;
  • Foreign and Canadian work experience; and
  • Connections to Canada

For an estimate of your CRS score, contact us and one of our Canadian immigration specialists will assist you.

It’s impossible to forecast how the CRS score will change over time. No lawyer or consultant can make such a prediction, nor can they promise that someone will be granted permanent residence through the Express Entry method. Furthermore, as more provinces choose candidates from the Express Entry pool, the CRS score of an applicant is becoming less important. Provincial Nominee Programs, on the other hand, seek candidates who can meet local labour market or demographic needs. This means that even with a low CRS score, individuals with in-demand skills or work experience can succeed in the Express Entry pool. The Canadian government has also hinted at switching to occupation-based Express Entry drawings, perhaps rendering the CRS score obsolete. There are various ways to improve one’s chances of being accepted into Canada’s Express Entry pool. Fill out the form below to discover more about your Express Entry or PNP eligibility.


The most effective strategy to enhance your points is to improve your IELTS score. Good IELTS scores can earn you up to 160 CRS points on your own. However, a good IELTS score and post-secondary education can get you an extra 50 points. Another 50 points can be earned with a good IELTS score and at least three years of work experience.

To be eligible for Express Entry under the Federal Skilled Worker program, you must have a Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 7 score, which is at least 6.0 on each language ability on the IELTS.

However, if you achieve a CLB 9 in all language abilities, you could earn up to 260 Express Entry points solely for your language ability.

You have the option of taking the IELTS as many times as you want. After you submit your profile to the pool, you can even update your Express Entry profile with new IELTS test results. At Royal Migration, we provide our Express Entry clients with IELTS training to help them meet the required score.

Tip for Immigrants: Sign up for the IELTS test as soon as possible. You’ll have a chance to retake them if you don’t do as well as you hoped before submitting your profile. You may always update your profile, but if you wait until after you’ve entered the pool to do so, you may miss out on draws.


Your work experience is a key part of determining your Express Entry points because Express Entry administers applications to economic immigration streams. However, accumulating more years of work experience merely to boost your Express Entry points is not straightforward.

Tip for Immigrants:  Canadian experience might lead to a multitude of immigration opportunities in Canada.

There is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all profile for Express Entry. The comprehensive ranking system (CRS) assigns a score to each candidate who enters the pool. Those with higher rankings are more likely to be invited to apply. Language competence, age, work experience, education, and Canadian connections are all selection characteristics that can affect your CRS score.

Candidates for Express Entry should be able to meet the following criteria:

Be under the age of 30.

– A Bachelor’s degree or above

– Be able to demonstrate English and/or French language proficiency ranging from moderate to high (Canadian Language Benchmark [CLB] level nine or higher)

– Have at least three years of experience in a skilled occupation

Other factors that can help you improve your CRS score are:

– Higher English and/or French language proficiency

– A Master’s degree or a PhD. 

– Bilingualism in French and English.

– Work or educational experience in Canada

– A Canadian brother or sister who lives in Canada.

– A job offer from a Canadian company has been arranged. 

– A nomination from a provincial program of nominees

Submitting an Express Entry profile

The Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score is frequently referred to when people refer to Canada’s “Express Entry points.” The CRS score is used by Canada to rank individuals in the Express Entry pool based on several characteristics, including:

  • Age;
  • Spouse factors;
  • Level of education;
  • Proficiency in French or English;
  • Foreign and Canadian work experience; and
  • Connections to Canada

For an estimate of your CRS score, contact us and one of our Canadian immigration specialists will assist you.

You must first create an IRCC secure account before you can create an Express Entry profile. If a representative is submitting a profile on your behalf, they will use their Authorized Paid Representatives Portal to do so. After you’ve created an account, you’ll need to fill out an eligibility questionnaire to see if you’re eligible for the Express Entry program. If you qualify, fill out an online form with your information, including your age, work experience, education, and language test results, if applicable. After you submit the form, the Express Entry system will automatically calculate your CRS score and determine which program you are eligible for.

To qualify for most Express Entry programmes, applicants must score at least a 7 on the corresponding section of the Canadian Language Benchmark Examination for Speakers of Other Official English and French Languages (band 6 in each area of the IELTS exam).
Candidates applying through the Federal Skilled Trades (FST) programs and Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CEC) applicants whose primary occupation falls within NOC skill class B are exempt from this bare minimum.

Inadmissibility is one of Canada’s more difficult immigration issues. If you have questions concerning inadmissibility and your alternatives for overcoming it, a Canadian immigration lawyer, such as those at Royal Migration, may assist you. Please contact us to learn more about how Royal Migration can assist you.

Adding a valid Canadian employment offer to your Express Entry CRS score can boost your score by 50-200 points. For these points to be given, a positive Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) is usually necessary. An informal job offer will not increase your Express Entry profile’s score and should not be added to the application.

Express Entry and Provincial Nominee Programs

A PNP may be an alternative if you don’t have enough CRS points to be invited to a federal draw but want to improve your chances.

The majority of PNPs demand an Express Entry profile from applicants. You have nothing to lose by creating an Express Entry profile because it is free to submit one. It is better if you are chosen in a federal Express Entry draw without a PNP because it will avoid the requirement for additional provincial processing time.
Our free online immigration evaluation is the best way to discover whether a PNP or Express Entry is preferable for you.

You will eventually need to apply to the federal government for permanent residency status if you are applying through a PNP. Whether your PNP is compatible with Express Entry (‘Enhanced’) will determine how you submit your application for permanent residence.

You can submit your application for permanent residence through the Express Entry system for accelerated processing if your PNP is enhanced. Candidates who are nominated through an Express Entry-aligned, or enhanced, PNP will boost their CRS score by 600 points. These extra points virtually ensure that you will receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) through the subsequent Express Entry pool draw. An Express Entry application takes roughly six months to process.

You must file through the non-Express Entry permanent residence site if your PNP is “Base.” The processing time for Base PNPs, which function independently of the Express Entry system and are normally processed significantly more slowly than Enhanced PNP applications, is the standard PNP processing time.

Your Express Entry CRS score could go up by 600 points if you are nominated by a provincial nominee program. With these extra points, receiving an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for Canadian permanent residence is almost guaranteed.

Many Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs), also referred to as “Enhanced” PNPs, use the Express Entry system to process applicants. This means that you can use the Express Entry system to submit your application if you are nominated for permanent residence under an Enhanced PNP. Programs for Provincial Nominees that take advantage of Express Entry include:
– Manitoba Express Entry Pathway
– Nova Scotia Experience: Express Entry
– Nova Scotia Labour Market Priorities
– Ontario Human Capital stream
– PEI PNP Express Entry
– Saskatchewan Express Entry
– Yukon Express Entry
– Alberta Express Entry
– British Columbia Skills Immigration
– Northwest Territories Express Entry
– New Brunswick Express Entry Labour Market Stream
– Newfoundland and Labrador Express Entry Skilled Worker Category

Questions? You’re covered

No, you cannot simultaneously submit two Express Entry applications for the same applicant. If your spouse is qualified, and you are married, you may apply on their behalf. Therefore, one applicant cannot have several Express Entry profiles, however, there are rare situations in which you may have two profiles for the same family.
You can resubmit your profile and continue to be in the Express Entry pool for another 12 months if after that time you are not called to apply. You can do this as many times as required.

The good news is that you are free to make adjustments if you have submitted your Express Entry profile and have not yet obtained an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residence. You can add new documents, correct errors, or both (for example, if you retake your IELTS exam and get a better score).

There is no age limit for Express Entry candidates. The applicants who are 20 to 29 receive the most points for their age. If you are much older than 35 but have strong contacts in Canada or a high level of education, these can easily make up for any disadvantages caused by your age.

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Canada Express Entry Application Process - Apply with RMS

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Check if you’re Eligible for Express Entry

Candidates must complete the eligibility conditions for one of three federal programs. Fill out our free assessment form or contact us directly to check your eligibility status for free.

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Get your Education ECA Validated

An educational credential assessment (ECA) is used to ensure that your foreign degree, diploma, or certificate (or other evidence of your credential) is authentic and comparable to one issued in Canada.

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Pass the IELTS Exams with our Free Training

We provide IELTS training is provided for free. We use our field experience to guide you through the best practices, so you can meet the required score.

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Submit your Express Entry Application

We will fill out your Express Entry profile and submit it. If you meet the criteria, you will be added to the applicant pool and assigned a CRS score.

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Get an Invitation and Apply

If you are part of the highest scores in the pool, you will receive an invitation to apply within 60 days. Most complete applications that have all supporting documents are processed in 6 months or less.

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