Express Entry

Starting January 2015, skilled foreign workers will have access to Express Entry– a new electronic application management system – which will apply to Canada’s key economic immigration programs:

  • Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP)
  • Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP)
  • Canadian Experience Class (CEC)
  • A portion of the Provincial Nominee Programs (PNP)

Moving forward

  • Candidates who are most likely to succeed in Canada, rather than the first in line, will receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residence.
  • Express Entry candidates will benefit from processing times of six months or less.

The New Two-Step Application Process


Online Express Entry Profile


Express Entry Pool

  • Candidates will be given a score  to determine their place in the pool using a Comprehensive Ranking System, which will consider skills, work experience, language ability, education and other factors that we know contribute to economic success for immigrants once in Canada.
  • While in the pool, candidates will be required to update their profile to reflect changes in status, e.g. language, education, family composition, etc.


Invitation to Apply (ITA)