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Express Entry program for Canada

Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has launched the Express Entry system to manage applications for permanent residence and applicants from across the world who qualify under Federal Skilled Worker Program/ Canadian Experience Class/ Federal Skilled Trades Program or a portion of Provincial Nominee Program will be offered the Invitation to Apply for Permanent Residency by the authorities. The qualifying criteria to receive the invitation varies from Program to Program. For people to qualify under the FSWP and FSTP, the candidate must have an Employment Offer approved by the competent authorities in Canada whereas, to apply for Permanent Residency under PNP, the candidate must receive a state Nomination and for Canadian Experience Class they need to meet the selection criteria.

It will be a point-based system. A maximum of 1200 points can be allotted under the Express Entry system. Points break- up will be as follows:

  • A maximum of 500 points for human capital factors like age, education, experience, and language will be awarded; 40 points will come from if an applicant has an accompanying spouse or common-law partner
  • Transferable skills will add another 100 points. Skills that can be used across different jobs and industries in technical and non-technical areas are usually referred to as transferable skills
  • 600 points will be awarded if the applicant has a job offer in Canada or have received nomination certificate from any of Canadian provinces

Anyone who is accepted into the Express Entry pool could get an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residence. Only the candidates who fall in the top bracket will get this ITA. The draws will be conducted every month. If the candidate has been invited to apply, the candidate will have 60 days to submit a complete Application for Permanent Residence online.

To sum up, once the online application is received it goes through the following steps:

Step 1- Candidates create an Express Entry profile identifying their skills and qualifications in an online resume. The profile is then ranked against other applicants based on various factors that indicate that the candidate will be an asset to the Canadian workforce.

Step 2- Those applicants that do not have a Canadian job offer from an employer will need to register themselves at the Canada Job Bank site or other private websites like

Step 3- Assessment of every profile in the Job Bank is done to judge who could meet the criteria of a federal economic program and then upgraded with other entries in the Express Entry pool.

Step 4- If an application is selected, the applicant will be issued an Invitation to Apply to which he/she needs to respond within 60 days’ time to qualify for permanent residence.

After the candidate has received an Invitation To Apply and has applied for Permanent Residency, the applicant will get the Permanent Residency Visa within 6 months.


Details of Express Entry Draws conducted so far:

Draws Draw Date CRS Cut Off ITAs Issued
1st 31st Jan 2015 886 779
2nd 7th Feb 2015 818 779
3rd 20th Feb 2015 808 849
4th 27th Feb 2015 735 1187
5th 20th Mar 2015 481 1620
6th 27th Mar 2015 453 1637
7th 11th Apr 2015 469 925
8th 17th Apr 2015 453 715
 9th     22 May 2014 755 1361
10th   17 June 2015  482 1501
11th 26 June 2015 469 1575
12th 10 July 2015 463 1516
13th 17th July 2015 451 1581
14th 7th August 2015 471 1402
15th 21st August 2015 456 1,523
16th 8th September 2015 459 1,517
17th 18th September 2015 450 1,545
18th 2nd October 2015 450 1,530
19th 23rd October 2015 489 1,502
20th 13th November 2015 484 1,506
21st 27th November 2015 472 1,559
22nd 4th December 2015 461 1,451
23rd 18th December 2015 460 1,503
24th 6th January 2016 461 1,463
25th 13th January 2016 453 1518
26th 24th January 2016 457 1468
27th 10th February 2016 459 1505
28th 24th February 2016 453 1484
29th 9th March 2016 473 1013
30th 23rd March 2016 470 1014
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