Frequently Asked Questions - FAQ's


What is the Express Entry System?

This is the process whereby potential applicants must enter a pool of applicants and wait to be invited to apply before they may submit their application.  This ensures the Canadian Immigration authorities can process applications in a timely manner.  

In order to qualify to register with the Express Entry System, the applicant must first qualify under the Federal Skilled Workers category, the Federal Skilled Trades category or the Canadian Experience Class.

What happens if I don’t qualify under the Express Entry System?

If the applicant is not qualified under the Federal Skilled Workers category, the Federal Skilled Trades category or the Canadian Experience Class category, their profile will be rejected and they will not be registered with the Express Entry System.

How do I demonstrate my language and education credentials?

A language test must be completed and the result must be provided with the application.  Foreign education credentials must be supported by an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) in order to establish the Canadian equivalency.

What is an Invitation to Apply?

Candidates within the Express Entry system will be ranked against other candidates in the “pool” based on a point system called the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). The CRS measures factors such as age, education, work experience, language skills and employment offers together with other factors. Points are awarded as per the candidates profile.  Those with the highest CRS score will be invited to apply for permanent residence when the immigration authorities hold their draws from the pool. Once the invitation to apply is provided, the candidate has 90 days to submit their application for permanent residence.   These applications are then processed by the immigration authorities within six months.

How long will I be in the “pool” of candidates?

Candidates can stay in the Express Entry pool up to twelve months. If they do not receive an invitation to apply within twelve months, they will need to re-register under one of the three categories.

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