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11 Guidelines for Express Entry Program for Canada Permanent Residency

On January 1st, 2015 Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has launched a point-based system, Express Entry Program for immigration to Canada.

This point-based system is fast, straightforward, and the most popular program among immigrants worldwide.

If you are aspiring for immigrate to Canada, here is the guide to know all about the Canada Express Entry program.

1. What is Canada Express Entry?

Express Entry is a management system for Canada permanent residence application. This program is the main source of economic immigration to Canada.

This program is ranked the topmost preferred program by immigrants globally as if offers plenty of benefits.

This program also helps to get dependents to come to Canada in less time.

2. Who is eligible for Express Entry Canada?

The individual who fulfills all the below criteria for Canada Express Entry is eligible:


3. How can you qualify for Express Entry Canada?

To qualify for Express Entry, the applicant should get the minimum eligibility points in the 6 selection factor.

The total points for 6 selection factors are 100, and the pass points are 67 to obtain eligibility for the Express Entry program.

Below are the 6 selection factor and the points allotted:

S.No Selection Factors Points
1 Language skills points 28
2 Education points 25
3 Work experience points 15
4 Age points 12
5 Arranged employment in Canada points 10
6 Adaptability points 10

4. How do you apply through Express Entry?

In order to apply for the Canadian immigration program, you are first required to know which class of Express Entry you are eligible for.

Below are the 3 classes of Express Entry Program:

A. Federal Skilled Worker Class

Federal skilled worker program is for the skilled worker with foreign experience and willing to work and settle in Canada

B. Federal Skilled Trades Class

Federal skilled trades program is for the individual who wants to settle in Canada with their skilled trade qualification.

C. Canadian Experience Class

In Canadian experience class skilled worker with Canadian work experience willing to become Canadian permanent residence

5. What are the requirements for Express Entry?

The core factors requirements for Express Entry to immigration Canada are:

a. Age

To apply for permanent residence, the Canadian government wants young skilled immigrants in the age range of 18-45 years old.

b. ECA

The immigration programs require the candidates to evaluate their non-Canadian post-secondary education from their home country post-secondary institution according to Canadian education standards.

c. Language Proficiency

To immigrate, a candidate should take a language test to know whether they can understand, read, write, and speak English and/or French.

They are required to get 6 in all the 4 modules at least, i.e., listening, reading, writing, and speaking. The language bands are considered as the Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) level.

"Higher the CLB level, higher the CRS Scores."

d. NOC code

National Occupational Classification (NOC) code is essential to apply for permanent residence. NOC code is a 4 number code with a job title and description.

These codes are further divided into 4 skill types, i.e., 0, A, B, C.

e. Work Experience

You are required to have a minimum of 1 year of experience in the NOC skill type 0, A, B category. If you have more experience in the primary NOC code, you are entitled to more points.

f. Job offer

This is an optional requirement, but if you have a job offer, Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) should certify it.

The job offer should be of NOC skill type 0, A, B.

g. Spouse Adaptability

If your spouse is accompanying you to Canada, then he/she can get their ECA and language test done.

h. Medical and Police Clearance Certificate

The immigrant should undergo a medical test to determine that they do not carry any infectious diseases which may affect the health of people living in Canada.

The applicant is also required to prove that they are not a threat to the country after immigration. You have to provide Police Clearance Certificate for the last 10 years from the countries you have been for more than 6 months.

i. Proof of funds

When you shift to Canada without a job offer, to live in Canada, you have to provide proof for living expenses.

The proof of funds can be in any form provided it can be liquefied easily and also the amount increases based on the number of family members.

6. What is the Express Entry point’s calculator?

Canada’s immigration programs allot points for each core factor in the Express Entry portal. Once the application is submitted, all the core factor points are sum together, and the applicant is given a final score.

This final score is called comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points. The total CRS points allotted are 1200, wherein 600 points you can get it from core factors and other 600 points by getting a provincial nomination.

7. What are the maximum point allocations for each factor in Express Entry?

The points allotted for the Express Entry CRS scores are based on the core factors which are categorized in 4 key factors:

S.No Key Factors
1 Human capital factors
2 Spouse or common-law partner factors
3 Skill transferability factors (work permit)
4 Other bonus points

1. Human Capital Factors
Factor With spouse Without spouse
Age 100 110
Education Level 140 150
Language Proficiency 150 160
Canadian work experience 70 80

2. Spouse or common-law partner factors
Factor Points per factor (Max 40 points)
Level of education 10
Official language proficiency 20
Canadian Work Experience 10

3. Skill Transferability factors (100 points maximum)
Education Points per element (Max 50 points)
Post-secondary degree and language skill 50
Post-secondary degree and Canadian experience 50

Foreign work experience Points per factor (Max 50 points)
Foreign work experience and CLB level 7 or more 50
Foreign and Canadian work experience 50

Certificate of qualification (in trade occupations) Points per factor (Max 50 points)
Certificate of qualification and language skills 50

Human Capital Factors + Spouse or common-law partner factors + Skill Transferability factors = 600 points

4. Additional points (Maximum 600 points)
Factor Maximum points per factor
Siblings in Canada (PR or citizen) 15
French Language Skills 30
Education in Canada (Post-secondary) 30
Arranged Employment 200
Province Nomination 600

Human Capital Factors + Spouse or common-law partner factors + Skill Transferability factors + Additional points = 1,200 points (Grand total)

8. What are the point’s breakdowns for each factor of points calculator?

The Section to section breakdown of points is given below:

A. Human Capital Factors
Age (years) Points with Spouse (Max 100 points) Points without Spouse (Max 110 points)
18 90 99
19 95 105
20 to 29 100 110
30 95 105
31 90 99
32 85 94
33 80 88
34 75 83
35 70 77
36 65 72
37 60 66
38 55 61
39 50 55
40 45 50
41 35 39
42 25 28
43 15 17
44 5 6
45 or more 0 0

Education Level Points with Spouse (Max 140 points) Points without Spouse (Max 150 points)
High school graduation 28 30
1 year degree/diploma/certificate from university/college 84 90
2 year program at university/college 91 98
Bachelor's degree or 3 years program at university/college 112 120
Two or more degree/diploma/certificate (one program must be 3 years or above) 119 128
Master's degree/professional degree 129 135
Doctoral/PhD level university degree 140 150

Language Proficiency-1st official language
CLB Level per module Points with Spouse (Max 128 points) Points without Spouse (Max 136 points)
CLB 4 and less 0 0
CLB 5 6 6
CLB 6 8 9
CLB 7 16 17
CLB 8 22 23
CLB 9 29 31
CLB 10 and more 32 34

Language Proficiency-2nd official language
CLB Level per module Points with Spouse (Max 22 points) Points without Spouse (Max 24 points)
CLB 4 or less 0 0
CLB 5 or 6 1 1
CLB 7 or 8 3 3
CLB 9 or more 6 6

Canadian work experience (year) Points with Spouse (Max 70 points) Points without Spouse (Max 80 points)
1 35 40
2 46 53
3 56 64
4 63 72
5 or more 70 80

Subtotal (A. Human Capital Factor):


B. Spouse or common-law partner factors (if applicable)

Level of Education Points (Max 10 points)
High school graduation 2
1 year degree/diploma/certificate from university/college 6
2 year program at university/college 7
Bachelor's degree or 3 years program at university/college 8
Two or more degree/diploma/certificate (one program must be 3 years or above) 9
Master's degree/professional degree 10
Doctoral/PhD level university degree 10

Language Proficiency-1st official language
CLB Level per module Points with Spouse (Max 20 points)
CLB 4 or less 0
CLB 5 or 6 1
CLB 7 or 8 3
CLB 9 or more 5

Spouse's Canadian work experience (year) Points (Max 10 points)
1 5
2 7
3 8
4 9
5 or more 10

Subtotal (A. Human Capital Factor + B. Spouse or common-law partner factors) = 500 points (Max)

C. Skill transferability factors (Max 100 points)
Education (Max 50 points)
Post-secondary degree and language skill CLB 7 or more and less than CLB 9 (Max 25 points) CLB 9 or more (Max 50 points)
1 year or more Post-secondary program 13 25
Two or more post-secondary program (at least one program is 3 years or more) 25 50
Master's level at University 25 50
University Doctoral level 25 50

Post-secondary degree and Canadian experience Point for education + 1 year Canadian experience Point for education + 2 or more year Canadian experience
1 year or more Post-secondary program 13 25
Two or more post-secondary program (at least one program is 3 years or more) 25 50
Master's level at University 25 50
University Doctoral level 25 50

Foreign work experience (Max 50 points)
Years of experience and language skill CLB 7 or more and less than CLB 9 (Max 25 points) CLB 9 or more (Max 50 points)
1 or 2 years of foreign experience 13 25
3 or more years of foreign experience 25 50

Foreign and Canadian work experience Point for education + 1 year Canadian experience Point for education + 2 or more year Canadian experience
1 or 2 years of foreign experience 13 25
3 or more years of foreign experience 25 50

Certificate of qualification (in trade occupations)
Certificate of qualification and language skills CLB level 5 or more to CLB 7 or less CLB 7 or more
With a certificate of qualification 25 50

Subtotal (A. Human Capital Factor + B. Spouse or common-law partner factors + C. Skill transferability factors) = 600 points (Max)

D. Additional points (Max 600 points)
Additional points Points (Max 600 points)
Siblings in Canada (PR or citizen) 15
NCLC 7 or more in French and CLB 4 or less in English 15
NCLC 7 or more in French and CLB 5 or more in English 30
1 or 2 years Post-secondary education in Canada 15
3 or more years Post-secondary education in Canada 30
Job offer NOC 00 200
Job offer NOC 0, A or B 50
Provincial or territorial nomination 600

Subtotal (D. Additional points) = 600 points (Max)

Grand total (A. Human Capital Factor + B. Spouse or common-law partner factors + C. Skill transferability factors + D. Additional points) = 1,200 points

9. What are the provincial nominee programs?

The provinces and territories can nominate an individual to immigration and willing to settle in that province.

The main aim for candidates who are suitable to their labour market of the province to get Canadian permanent residence.

They are 11 PNPs programs, and each province has a stream aligned with the Express Entry immigration programs.

Once candidates get a nomination from any province, they will be awarded 600 points to their CRS points for Canadian immigration

10. What is the processing time for the Express Entry profile?

The time taken by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) is generally 6-8 months. But if you choose the correct process and submit all the documents, your process can be done faster, and you can get the permanent residence for Canada.

11. How much does it cost for Express Entry to Canada?

The cost involved in getting Canada PR includes the all the fees related to language proficiency, ECA, and other fees:

Canada PR Fees
Applicant No. Fee Factors In Canadian Dollars In Indian Rupees
If traveling alone (For primary applicant Processing Fee for Canada Visa $825 INR 44,660
Right of PR Fee $500 INR 27,066
Biometrics Fee $85 INR 4,601
If traveling with a spouse (For secondary applicant) Processing Fee for Canada Visa $825 INR 44,660
Right of PR Fee $500 INR 27,066
Biometrics Fee $85 INR 4,601
If traveling with children Right of PR Fee $225 for each child INR 12,180
Biometrics $85 (if the child is above 14 years INR 4700
Other Fee Requirements Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) $250-500 INR 13,000-28,000
IELTS $240 (Approx. for single attempt) INR 13,250 (Approx. for single attempt)
Medical Test $92 - $ 184 (Approx) INR 5,000 – 11,000 (Approx)
PCC Depends Depends

The funds required for settlement in Canada according to the family members are:

Number of family members Fund required
1 $12,960
2 $16,135
3 $19,836
4 $24,083
5 $27,315
6 $30,806
7 $34,299
For each additional family member $3,492

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Frequently Asked Questions
1. What improvements are made in the Express Entry program?

The new improvements made in this Canadian immigration system are:


2. Can you apply for Express Entry without work experience?

No, you cannot apply for permanent residency in Canada without any work experience. You are required to have a minimum 1 year of full-time work experience.

3. Do you need a job offer for Express Entry?

No, having a job offer is not compulsory for Express Entry application. It is an added advantage wherein you will get more CRS points, and also you are not required to provide the proof of funds for permanent residence.

4. Can you create an Express Entry profile without IELTS?

For getting into the Express Entry pool, one of the required information is your language skills level. For which you have to take IELTS/CELPIP for the English language and TEF Canada and TCF Canada for the French language.

The English language is required, and French is Mandatory. So to get your Express Entry profile English language test is compulsory.

5. How long does it take to get an invitation for Express Entry?

Getting an invitation for Express Entry depends upon your score. If your CRS scores are in the threshold limit of Express Entry draw, then you will get your invitation in 2-3 ROIs, i.e., in 3-6 weeks.

If you have a PNP nomination, then once you submit your nomination detail, you will get the ITA in the immediate Express Entry draw.

6. What happens after Express Entry is approved?

When IRCC approves your application, you will receive an email with Confirmation of Permanent Residence (COPR) and a Permanent resident visa.

COPR comes with a validity date before which you have to land in Canada and apply for a PR card. This card is required for exit and entry in Canada when you are traveling to your home country or other countries.

7. How to increase your CRS scores?

When you are eligible for Express Entry but have low CRS scores, there are many ways to increase which help you to immigrating to Canada:


8. As a permanent resident, when can you apply for citizenship?

For citizenship Canada a permanent resident should be living in Canada for 1095 days in the 5-year duration. The 1095 days can be continuous or can be in intervals.

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