Express Entry Canada – In easy steps!

This article takes you through the steps you will follow while apply for Express Entry for Canada Immigration. The article includes:

Express Entry Canada – In easy steps!

What is Express Entry Canada?

Express Entry Canada is one of the immigration programs specifically designed for eligible skilled workers. The Express Entry offers immigration under three categories:

A. Canadian Experience Class (CEC)

This program under the Express Entry Canada caters to the skilled workers who have a prior Canadian Work experience. This work experience must be acquired within 3 years of applying for the CEC program of Express Entry Canada

B. Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP)

This program invites eligible Skilled workers with foreign or international work experience.

C. Federal Skilled Trades Program

This program of Express Entry Canada is for skilled workers who have qualifications in a skilled trade. They must have certification or must be eligible for licensure to practice in their skilled trade.

Before Express Entry Profile Creation

The first step towards Canada immigration through Express Entry is the Express Entry Profile creation. Before creating your profile, you will be required to answer a few questions in the Express Entry eligibility tool. This questionnaire will ask you about:

  • The Canadian province you aim to live in
  • Language proficiency test results (IELTS, CELPIP, TEF)
  • Prior work experience
  • NOC code and skill level of your primary occupation.

You must provide correct information to this questionnaire as this will judge your eligibility for Express Entry Canada. Once you are found eligible for the immigration program, you will be given a personal reference code that will look like “PU2109810145”. This reference code will be valid for 60 days or 2 months. This reference code will be required during in your Express Entry profile.

Express Entry Profile

The Express Entry program requires the immigrants to create a profile. This Express Entry profile can be created either through the GCKey or through the Sign-in-Partners. 

  1. Sign in: Once you sign in, you will be required to create a few security questions. You will then be redirected to the Start an Application page where you must select Apply to Come to Canada option.
  2. Submit reference code: Submit your personal reference code that was allotted to you before you created your Express Entry profile. This personal reference code is valid only for two months. The  
  3. Express Entry Profile builder: After providing your personal reference code, you will now provide information to the Express Entry profile builder. The profile builder will require information under 7 major sections. They are:
  • Personal details: such as your name, email ID, etc
  • Education and Language: At this stage in Express Entry Canada, you will need to provide academic details regarding your degree, name and location of the institution, and the date of ECA report along with the ECA certification number. In the language section, you will need to provide the name and date of the test taken, the results of the test and the certificate number of the test is also required.
  • Application Details: Here you have to affirm if you have been nominated by a Canadian Province and name the province that has issued you the nomination.
  • Representative: In this section of the Express Entry Profile builder, you will be asked if you require a legal ICCRC/CICC licensed representative.
  • Work History: In this category, you will need to submit information about your primary occupation and its NOC code, your employer, the name and location of the company, LMIA report, etc. 
  • Marital Status: Inform if you are married, widowed/widower, single or never married.

Complete all the sections of this profile builder and submit.

The Express Entry Pool

Once you have submitted all the information in the Express Entry profile builder, you will enter the the Express Entry Pool. In this Express Entry pool, your profile will be given certain points based on the information provided in the prior steps. The Express Entry profile can remain in the Express Entry pool for one year. After that, you will be required to recreate your profile.

Express Entry Points Calculator

Once your profile has entered the pool of Express Entry Canada, you will be awarded points by the Express Entry Points Calculator based on the information provided to the profile. This calculator awards scores out of 1200 points and scores you on age, language proficiency, education, work experience and other adaptability factors. Getting nominated by a Canadian province gets you an additional 600 points, almost guaranteeing your ITA. This Express Entry Points calculator is also called CRS calculator

Express Entry Draws Canada

The Express Entry draw Canada or the Rounds of Invitations are held almost every two weeks. The very first draw for Express Entry was held on 31st January 2015. Since then, Express Entry draws are held almost every 15 days. Due to COVID-19 the draws had come to halt. However, they are all set to resume on 6th July 2022. If your CRS score is higher than the cut-off, you will receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA). Once you receive an ITA through Express Entry, you can apply for Canada PR. In case your CRS score is lower than the cut off, you can improve it while being in the Express Entry pool and try in the next Express Entry draw Canada. Your Express Entry profile can stay active for one year.

After ITA

Once you receive an ITA through Express Entry Canada, you will have 60 days to apply to Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) for Canada PR. At this stage, you will be required to submit all the documents mentioned in the documentation checklist. If your documents are not in English or French, you must provide a translated copy that is done by a certified translator. After the paperwork is successfully submitted, you will be required to pay a fee of $1365. Once all your paper work is assessed and approved, the IRCC will mail you either a CoPR (Confirmation of Canada Permanent Residence), or a PR Visa.


Immigrating through Express Entry Canada is a transparent points-based system with almost no human intervention. However, it is absolutely crucial to seek a licensed and certified immigration consultant who would ensure that you score the highest CRS score and have the maximum chances to receive an Invitation to apply. Talent Connected Worldwide is an ICCRC/CICC immigration consultancy firm (R 527196, R16157) that ensures you are equipped with all factors that will land you a Canada PR through Express Entry.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Canadian Express Entry easy?

Yes, as compared to other Immigration programs Express entry is easy to apply.

How can I increase my chances of Express Entry Canada?

If you have a valid job offer, then it can increase your chances of Express Entry Canada.

Can I get Express Entry without a job offer?

You can Apply Express Entry without a job offer through Federal Express Entry Stream.

Is Express Entry possible without IELTS?

Yes Express Entry Possible Without IELTS, but if you are CELPIP, TEF and TCF tests qualified.

Is 5.5 eligible for Express Entry?

No, you are not eligible for express entry. The minimum of 6.0 for each section of the IELTS test is required.

What is the lowest score for Express Entry?

496 is the lowest score for Express Entry

Does Express Entry require money?

No, creating an express entry profile does not require any amount.

Who is qualified for Express Entry?

Candidates who meet all the eligibility requirements of Express Entry are Qualified for EE.

Is there an interview for Express Entry?

No, there is no Interview for Express Entry.