The Express Entry Program is an application management system, used to organize and process the applications of immigrants who wish to apply for Canadian permanent residency. It is the most popular and fastest immigration program for skilled immigrants applying for a PR visa to Canada.
Introduced in 2015, it manages the profiles of immigrants who have applied for Canada PR Visa through the following Canadian Economic Immigration Programs:
Your profile will then be ranked according to a points-based system known as the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). Profiles with the highest score will then receive an ITA - Invitation to apply for permanent residency in Canada. You will have 60 days to submit your Canada PR visa application to the IRCC.
An ideal Canada PR visa application will be processed in just 6 months.
As we have discussed, the Express entry program handles profiles in the programs mentioned above, each of these programs has different requirements.
Here, we will discuss the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) minimum requirements for the Canada PR visa:
Minimum Points: You must achieve a minimum score of 67 points out of 100 on the FSWP points evaluation grid.
Work Experience: You must have a minimum of one year of work experience in a skilled occupation classified according to skill level 0, A, or B.
Language Skills: You must achieve a minimum score of 6 per band in IELTS in all four skills: reading, writing, listening, and speaking
Education: You must have a minimum of a certificate, diploma, or degree from a secondary or post-secondary institution. It must be evaluated by an authorized assessment body obtaining an ECA - Educational Credential Assessment
Proof of Funds: You must prove that you have sufficient funds to support yourself for relocation to Canada or any accompanying family members. Must be eligible in Canada
As discussed above, to create a quick entry profile, a minimum score of 67 points out of 100 must be achieved in the FSWP points evaluation grid. The 67 point system differs from the CRS used to classify profiles in the fast entry pool.
Points are given based on the following six factors:
Language skills (maximum 28 points): you can get 24 points for your first knowledge of the language and an additional 4 points if you demonstrate your proficiency in the second official language.
Education (maximum 25 points): you can get a maximum of 25 points if you have a doctoral degree with a minimum of 5 points for secondary school.
Work experience (maximum 15 points): maximum of 15 points are awarded for work experience of 6 years or more. One year of work experience is required to be eligible for FSWP, which gives you 9 points for the same.
Age (maximum 12 points): maximum of 12 points are awarded to the age group between 18 and 35 years. After that, there is a gradual decrease of a single point as a candidate ages.
Organized work (maximum 10 points): If you manage to get a valid job offer from a Canadian employer, you can get the maximum score for it.
Adaptability (10 points maximum): )If you move to Canada with your spouse, you can earn points depending on your spouse's qualifications.
You can calculate Canadian PR visa points using our 67-point calculator
After obtaining the required 67 points, you will be able to create your express entry profile, which will be sent to the express entry pool. Here, with the help of CRS, it is classified in the pool. CRS awards target profiles based on your credentials such as age, work experience, language proficiency, etc.
The following are the factors by which points are awarded in the CRS calculator:
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