Express Entry Step-by-Step Process for PR


Express Entry is an online application management system used by the government of Canada. Eligible international skilled workers can immigrate to Canada by applying through Express Entry. How to apply for Express Entry is provided below in a step-by-step process.

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Check your eligibility
Create your Express Entry profile
Receive an ITA
Apply for PR
Upload the required documents
Pay fees
Submit complete application
Give biometrics
Receive a positive decision on your application

Express Entry Step-by-Step Process

  1. Check your eligibility
  2. Create your Express Entry profile
  3. Receive an ITA
  4. Apply for PR
  5. Upload the required documents 
  6. Pay fees
  7. Submit complete application
  8. Give biometrics
  9. Receive a positive decision on your application

Step 1: Check your Eligibility

There are three immigration programs under the Express Entry system:

Whether you are eligible for a program or not is assessed based onthe following parameters:

  • Age
  • Language skills
  • Education 
  • Work experience
  • Available funds
  • Job offer
  • Nationality 
  • Family members 

To be eligible for immigration through Express Entry, you must be eligible for at least one of these programs. You can be eligible for more than one of these programs. In such a case, IRCC would invite you to apply based on this order:

  • CEC
  • FSWP
  • FSTP

In simple terms, if you meet the eligibility requirements for all these programs, IRCC will invite you under CEC. 

If you are eligible for both CEC and FSWP, you will be invited under the CEC. 

If you are eligible for FSWP and FSTP, the invitation received will be to apply under FSWP. 

All in all, one cannot choose which immigration program they are invited under, it is the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) that decides the program based on the candidate’s information.  

Moreover, to be eligible under the FSWP, you must first score at least 67 points out of the total 100 points. These points are assessed on the following criterias:

S. No. CriteriaMax points allotted 
1. Language Proficiency 28
2. Education25
3. Work Experience15
4. Age 12
5. Job Offer10
6. Adaptability 10
Total 100 points 

If you don’t score at least 67 points, you won’t be eligible under FSWP. 

Once you know that you qualify for at least one of the programs, hop on to the next step. 

Step 2: Create your Express Entry profile

You must create an Express Entry profile when applying under Express Entry. Before you create your profile, ensure that you have the following:

You won’t be uploading these documents, rather just using their information. 

Once you have completed creating a profile, IRCC will use the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) to assign you a score. You will receive a score out of 1,200 points which are allotted based on the following criteria:

CriteriaMax Points You Gain With Spouse/PartnerMax Points You Gain Without Spouse/Partner
Language proficiency 150160
Canadian Work experience7080
Education 140150
Skills Transferability – 100 points
Sibling living in Canada as a PR/Citizen15 points 
French proficiency 50 points 
Post-secondary education in Canada30 points 
Job offer – TEER 0 Major group 00200 points 
Job Offer – NOC TEER 1, 2 or 350 points 
Provincial Nomination 600 points 
Total1,200 Points

IRCC will place your profile in the Express Entry pool if you are found eligible. Currently, there are about 2,11,000 profiles in the pool. If your CRS score is less than 450, you should try to improve it. 

When an Express Entry draw is held, IRCC will select profiles that meet the CRS requirements of that round. This means you must aim to score higher so you receive an invitation to apply for permanent residency sooner. 

There are three kinds of rounds of draws held by IRCC:

  • General: High ranking and eligible candidates under any one of the Express Entry programs are invited to apply
  • Program-specific draw: Candidates from a specific program are invited to apply
  • Category-based draw: Candidates under a specific category are invited

Step 3: Receive an ITA

You must receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for residency or you cannot apply through the Express Entry system. After you are being invited by the IRCC, you have to submit a completed PR application within 60 days or the ITA expires. 

Step 4: Apply for PR

After receiving an ITA, sign in to your IRCC account and apply for Canada PR. As you have 60 days to submit this application, make sure that you submit all the required documents. You must not hide or give any false information or IRCC may reject your application. 

Moreover, ensure that you haven’t missed any of the mandatory fields or the application won’t be submitted.

Step 5: Upload the required documents

Upload the following required documents in your PR application:

  1. Passport/ travel documents
  2. Language test result
  3. ECA report
  4. Proof of funds 
  5. Proof of work experience 
  6. Police Clearance Certificate

Additional documents:

  • Provincial nomination
  • Job offer
  • Certificate of qualification
  • Birth certificate
  • Common-law union form
  • Marriage certificate
  • Divorce certificate 
  • Death certificate
  • Adoption certificate
  • Any other documents 

Step 6: Pay fees

Once you have completed your PR application, pay the fees:

  • PR application processing fee- $850 
  • Right of Permanent Residence fee- $515
  • Biometrics fee-$85

Step 7: Submit complete application

Attach the fee receipt with your application and submit it. 

Step 8: Give biometrics 

Biometrics consists of one’s fingerprints and photographs and are used to verify their identity. Once given, you do not need to provide your biometrics again for the next 10 years. 

Step 9: Receive a positive decision on your application

IRCC will approve your application if you meet the eligibility requirements of the program and if you are admissible to Canada. You will receive the decision in your online IRCC account.

If your application is approved, IRCC will send you a Confirmation of Permanent Residence (COPR) and a Canada PR visa (if you require one). 

Arrive in Canada using this COPR with your passport and proof that you have enough money to support yourself and your family. 

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Niyati Chaurasia

Niyati Chaurasia

Niyati’s specialty lies in Canadian immigration matters along with crafting helpful, user-oriented content.

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