How Express Entry works
Express Entry is an online system that we use to manage applications for permanent residence from skilled workers.
Step 1: Find out if you’re eligible
We choose skilled workers based on their skills and ability to contribute to Canada’s economy.
Express Entry manages applications for three economic immigration programs:
- Federal Skilled Worker Program
- Federal Skilled Trades Program
- Canadian Experience Class
Step 2: Get your documents ready
You need documents, such as language test results, to show that you’re eligible for Express Entry.
Step 3: Submit your profile
Your Express Entry profile is where you give us information about yourself.
If you’re eligible, we’ll accept you into our pool of candidates.
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
We send invitations to apply to the candidates with the highest scores in the pool. If we invite you to apply, you’ll have 90 days to submit your application for permanent residence.
We’ll process most complete applications that have all the supporting documents in 6 months or less.