A lot of people can apply for Express Entry and become Canadian Permanent Residents. Express Entry is the fastest and most popular pathway for newcomers seeking a new life in Canada. This new system allows Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) to proactively assess, recruit and select immigrants who are skilled and/or possess the relevant qualifications under federal economic immigration programs:

Express Entry is an online system that IRCC uses to manage applications for permanent residence from skilled workers.

Step 1: Find out if you’re eligible

See if you meet the minimum requirements
Read the detailed requirements for each program

Step 2: Get your documents ready

You need documents, such as language test results, to show that you’re eligible for Express Entry. Some documents take a long time to get, so you should get them ready now.

Step 3: Submit your profile

Your Express Entry profile is where you give information about yourself. If you’re eligible, you’ll be accepted into the candidate pool.

You’ll be ranked in the Express Entry pool using a points-based system. Your score is based on the information in your profile.

Step 4: Receive an invitation and apply for permanent residence

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) sends invitations to apply to the candidates with the highest scores in the pool.

IRCC processes applications that have all the supporting documents in 6 months or less.

Why does Canada Use the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS)?

While Canada once used a first-come, first-served approach to applicants who could tick all the boxes, it was also seen to have major shortcomings. Applications always outnumbered the available permanent residence spots, creating significant backlogs that stretched into years and left candidates and their families in limbo. The arrival of Express Entry helped to clear this backlog and reduce the wait time to six months or less.

Canada uses the Comprehensive Ranking System to identify skilled worker candidates who have the best chance to succeed in its job market.  By using this detailed and evidence-based approach to scoring and ranking immigrants, Canada does its part to welcome immigrants who are most likely to have lasting and meaningful careers in the country.

The Canadian government’s research finds that new immigrants who arrive young and middle-aged, with high levels of work experience, education, and language skills are able to integrate very well in the Canadian job market.

More evidence confirms that Canadian government research is correct and that the CRS is the right model for Canada to use for Express Entry. In 2020, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) released a report on how Express Entry immigrants have been performing in the Canadian job market since Express Entry launched in 2015. Thanks to how the CRS is structured, the report found that Express Entry immigrants have high salaries, high rates of employment, and low rates of unemployment in Canada.

Federal Express Entry Programs