Express Entry came into operation on January 1, 2015. Applicants make an ‘expression of interest’ for immigrating to Canada and, if they are eligible for at least one of the aforementioned programs, then they enter the Express Entry pool. The federal government and provincial governments, as well as Canadian employers, are then able to select candidates from this pool who will then receive an ‘Invitation to Apply’ (ITA) under one of the programs. Express Entry moves Canada from a first come, first served (supply-driven) system to an invitation to apply (demand-driven) system. Express Entry aims to fast track the processing of skilled immigrants deemed most likely to succeed in Canada.

Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) aims to process applications within six months from the date of submission after being invited, hence the name Express Entry. Potential candidates make an expression of interest in coming to Canada by creating an Express Entry profile and providing information about their skills, work experience, language ability, education and other personal information. This profile is self-declared; that is to say that the material provided by the potential candidate is based on his or her own assessment. There are up to 600 points available under the system for a candidate’s core human capital and skills transferability factors. An additional 600 points will be awarded to anyone with a confirmed job offer (i.e. having received a positive Labour Market Impact Assessment) in a skilled occupation or received a certificate for a provincial nomination.

This system purposefully issues invitations to apply only to candidates who are best positioned for economic success in Canada – not the first in line.

As of January 2015, skilled foreign workers have access to Express Entry, which covers Canada’s key economic immigration programs:

  • The Federal Skilled Worker Program
  • The Federal Skilled Trades Program
  • The Canadian Experience Class, and
  • A portion of the Provincial Nominee Program

Contact Us for more information about immigration to Canada as a Skilled Worker