Canada Express Entry

The Canadian government has set a yearly limit on the number of permanent resident applications it will accept. You'll have to wait until next year if you don't make it out of this pool. This page discusses the EE requirements, process, costs, and how we can assist you.

The Canada Express Entry application process is based on a points-based system known as the Comprehensive Ranking System, or CRS. Applicants are given points based on their skills, experience, employment history, and provincial/territorial nomination.


What is the Canada Express Entry System?

Express Entry is a point-based immigration regulatory system for Canada developed in 2015 by Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). The Canadian government can use this system to manage skilled worker applications who want to immigrate to Canada as permanent residents.

Applicants with the most points are invited to apply for PR in Canada and receive an Invitation To Apply (ITA).

Express Entry includes three significant immigration programmes –

  • The Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP)
  • The Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP)
  • The Canadian Experience Class (CEC)
Because of its French language and cultural history, Quebec occupies a unique place in the Canadian immigration scene. The province has its own immigration schemes for permanent residents. The Regular Skilled Worker Program is one of the primary immigration routes open to persons intending to reside in Quebec (QSWP).
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The Provincial Nominee Program (PNP), which began in 1998, is the second most popular route for qualified workers to come to Canada after Express Entry. Almost every province and territory has a PNP in place to welcome qualified people from all over the world and help their economy grow. Scroll down for additional information about the PNP.

What is the Eligibility Criteria for Canada Express Entry?

The following are the requirements for the express Entry:

  • An Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) report that shows that the person has good knowledge of English or French.
  • There are some programmes that require a score of at least 67.
  • Good health and the ability to pay off debt
  • Over 47 years old, you don’t get a point.
  • Express Entry eligibility requirements vary depending on which programme you choose.

FAQ's Section:

Minimum points required to qualify for Express Entry in Canada

The number of points needed to be eligible for Express Entry in Canada varies depending on the programme. It doesn’t matter how many points you get in the Federal Skilled Trades Class or the Canadian Experience Class.

If you want to move to Canada as a skilled worker under the Federal Skilled Worker Class, you need to score 67 out of 100 points under the Express Entry System. These points are based on things like your age, work experience, education, language skills, adaptability, and more.

The maximum points you can obtain for these factors are as follows
Age Maximum 12 points
Education Maximum 25 points
Language Proficiency Maximum 24 points (English and/or French)
Work Experience Work Experience
Adaptability Maximum of 10 points
Arranged employment Additional 10 points (not mandatory).
Requirements to apply for temporary or permanent residence in Canada through Express Entry

The following are the conditions for applying for a visa to Canada:

  • You must be eligible for at least one Express Entry visa programme.
  • You should have a minimum of two years of experience.
  • In the language test, you should get at least 6 bands (IELTS exam).
  • You must meet all of Canada’s health criteria.
  • You should have enough money in your accounts to cover your expenses during your stay in Canada.
Points calculated for the Express Entry applicants

The Comprehensive Ranking System determines the points awarded to Express Entry applicants (CRS). The score an application receives is determined by four primary variables.

The primary factors are as follows:

  • Human capital/essential factors
  • Factors involving a common-law partner or spouse
  • Factors influencing skill transferability
  • Additional Considerations
When you need a job offer for Express Entry?

Express Entry does not require a job offer. There are various programmes available to you that do not require you to work. However, before applying, it is critical to review the program’s eligibility requirements.

According to IRCC, job offers are considered valid.

Job offers that are deemed legitimate by IRCC must be –

  • For a minimum of twelve months (a year).
  • Supported by a solid Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) or exempt from one.
  • Full-time and consistent work.
  • B, 0 or A from the NOC (National Occupational Classification).
  • Job opportunities that do not necessitate a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA)

The job offers that do not necessitate a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) are as follows:

  • Global trade treaties (NAFTA)
  • The interests of Canadians
  • Agreements between the provinces and the central government
How can I increase my CRS score?
  • Attempt to obtain further work experience in your field.
  • Apply through the Provincial Nominee Programs that are available.
  • Complete another instructional programme.
  • Apply for a job in Canada or accept one.
  • Your spouse can help you improve your CRS score.
What is a good CRS score for Canada PR 2022?

The majority of candidates projected to be given ITAs in 2022 are expected to have a CRS score of around 470 points, allowing a considerable number of applicants to gain permanent admission to Canada without a job offer or nomination under a provincial immigration programme.

Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS)

The Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) is based on points. It distributes points to candidates based on a variety of parameters. The factors and sub-factors are discussed more below.

There are a total of 1200 points available. You must understand –

  • Core or Human Capital factor + Spouse or common-law partner factor = 500 maximum points
  • Maximum 600 points = Core or Human Capital factor + Spouse or common-law partner considerations + Transferability factors
  • Core or Human Capital factor + Spouse or common-law partner factor + Transferability factor + Other variables = Maximum 1200 points
Human Capital/Core Factors CRS Points
Factors Points with a spouse or common-law partner Points without a common-law partner or spouse
Level of Education 140 150
Canadian Work   Experience 70 80
Age 100 150
Official Language Proficiency 150 160
Levels of Education For CRS Points
Educational Levels Points with a spouse or common-law partner Points without a common-law partner or spouse
Below High-School 0 0
Secondary School 28 (+2 given to spouse) 30
One Year Post-Secondary Course 84 (+6 given to spouse) 90
Two years of post-secondary course 91 (+7 given to spouse) 98
Three or More Years Post-Secondary Course 112 (+8 given to spouse) 120
Two or More  Post-Secondary Courses (at least one is finished after three or more years post-secondary course) 119 (+9 given to spouse) 128
Master’s Program 126 (+10 given to spouse) 135
Ph.D. Program 140 (+10 given to spouse) 150
Points For Canadian Work Experience
Time Points with a spouse or common-law partner Points without a common-law partner or spouse
Below One Year 0 0
One Year 35 (+5 given to spouse) 40
Two Years 46 (+7 given to spouse) 53
Three Years 56 (+8 given to spouse) 64
Four Years 63 (+9 given to spouse) 72
Five or Above Years 70 (+10 given to spouse) 80
CRS Points For Age
Age (Years) Points with a spouse or common-law partner Points without Spouse or Common-Law Partner
Below 18 0 0
18 90 99
19 95 105
20-29 100 110
30 95 105
31 90 99
32 85 94
33 80 88
34 75 83
35 70 77
36 65 72
37 60 66
38 55 61
39 50 55
40 45 50
41 35 39
42 25 28
43 15 17
44 5 6
45 or Above 0 0
Language Proficiency Points

Canada has two official languages: English and French.  Points can be earned depending on the Canadian Language Benchmark Levels (CLBs).

A score is provided to the language depending on many factors.

The categories are as follows:

  • Writing
  • Listening
  • Reading
  • Speaking

First Language (French or English)

Without a partner, you can earn up to 34 points in each area. Candidates with a spouse can receive up to 37 points in each area.

Canadian Language Benchmark Levels (CLB) Points with Common-Law Partner or Spouse Points without Common-Law Partner or Spouse
3 or less 0 0
4 6 (+0 given to spouse) 6
5 6 (+1 given to spouse) 6
6 8 (+1 given to spouse) 9
7 16 (+3 given to spouse) 17
8 22 (+3 given to spouse) 23
9 29 (+5 given to spouse) 31
10 or More 32 (+5 given to spouse) 34

Second Language (French or English)

Without a spouse, you may earn a total of 24 points. Candidates who have a spouse can receive a total of 22 points for each area.

The maximum score for each category is 6.

Canadian Language Benchmark Levels (CLB) Points with Common-Law Partner or Spouse Points without Common-Law Partner or Spouse
4 or less 0 0
5 or 6 1 1
7 or 8 3 3
9 or More 6 6
Factors Involving a Common-Law Partner or Spouse
  • Factors Points
    Educational Level 10
    Canadian Work Experience 10
    Official Language Proficiency 20
Factors Influencing Skill Transferability
Factors Points Total Points Per Factor
Non-Canadian Work Experience CLB 7 or more and Non-Canadian work experience 50 50 (maximum)
Non-Canadian work experience and Canadian work experience 50
Educational Level Vital language skill and post-secondary degree 50 50 (maximum)
Canadian work experience and post-secondary degree 50
Certificate of Qualification Vital language skill and Certificate of qualification 50 50 (maximum)

There are five possible combinations. But, the maximum score that you can earn from this section is 100.

Additional Factors
Factors Points
Sibling in Canada 15
CLB 7 or More (for French) and CLB 4 or Less (for English) 15
Finished One Year or Two Educational Courses in Canada 15
CLB 7 or More (for French) and CLB 5 or More (for English) 30
Finished Master’s Degree or Doctorate or Entry to Practice Professional Degree in Canada 30
Job Offer from NOC A, 0 or B 50
Job Offer from NOC Group 00 (Senior Management Position) 200
Provincial Nomination (by Provincial Nominee Program) 600

What is the Eligibility Criteria for Canada Express Entry?


The documents necessary for Express admission are divided into two stages:

  • Submission of a profile
  • Submission of a permanent residence application

You will need the following items to submit your profile:

  • Educational Credential Assessment Passport Report
  • The language exam results
  • Offer of employment (if received)
  • Nomination for provincial office ( (if accepted)

You will need the following documents to submit a permanent residency application:

  • Evidence of funding
  • Certificate of Police Clearance
  • Report on Medical Examination
  • Evidence of funding

Proof of finances is how immigrants demonstrate that they have the cash to immigrate to Canada. The programmes that demand verification of finances are as follows:

  • Federal Skilled Trades Training Program
  • Experience Class (CEC) component of the Federal Skilled Worker Program.
  • Providing proof of financial resources for Express Entry

For Express Entry, you must provide evidence of cash. You must write a letter even if it is not needed. The reason for not revealing it must be stated in the letter.

The following are some possible explanations:

  • You have a legitimate employment offer.
  • You are welcome to apply for the Canadian Accepted Proof of Funds programme.

The following items are acceptable as proof of funds:

  • Money in a shared checking account (if your spouse is accompanying you)
  • Cash
  • Bonds
  • Treasury notes
  • Debentures
  • Orders for money
  • Drafts from a bank
  • Traveller’s check
  • Official correspondence from any financial institution.

These letters must include:

  • The individual banking institution’s letterhead
  • Your name
  • Their contact information
  • A list of any outstanding debts, such as loans
  • Every account number (if more than one)
  • The date each account was opened
  • The account’s current balance
  • The average balance over the previous six months
  • Proof of money is not accepted.

Things that cannot be used as proof of funds include:

  • Real property valuation
  • Borrowed funds
Number of family members Funds required (in Canadian dollars)
1 $13,310
2 $16,570
3 $20,371
4 $24,733
5 $28,052
6 $31,638
7 $35,224
For each additional family member $3,586

How Do I Apply for Canada PR Visa through Express Entry?

Apply for Canada PR Express Entry by completing the processes outlined below:

  1. Check to see whether you qualify for the programme.
  2. Gather all of the necessary documentation.
  3. Make an Express Entry profile.
  4. Send in your profile.
  5. Candidates are chosen based on their CRS scores.
  6. The candidate who has the highest score receives an Invitation to Apply (ITA)
  7. Candidates must apply for permanent residency within 60 days after receiving the ITA.
  8. If you are chosen, you will be required to provide more papers.
  9. After verification, you can apply for permanent residency in Canada.

What Are the Costs of Express Entry in 2022?

The fee you must pay for Express Entry varies. It is determined by your application. The table below shows the various fee schemes.

Nature of Applications Express Entry Fees In Canadian Dollars (CAD)
Application Processing Fee + Right of Permanent Residence Fee $ 1325
Application Processing Fee $825
Application Processing Fee + Right of Permanent Residence Fee (Spouse or Common-Law Partner Included) $1325
Application Processing Fee (Spouse or Common-Law Partner Included) $825
Right of Permanent Residence Fee $500
Dependent Child $225 for each child

Other expenses to consider:

  • Assessments of Educational Credentials: around 300 CAD per individual
  • Language tests: around 300 CAD per test
  • Provincial nomination, if applicable: between $250 and $1,500 CAD (New Brunswick) (Ontario).

Other expenditures include certifications, notaries, translations, courier deliveries, affidavits, biometrics, and so on.

Step 01:
In the application stage, there is a charge for Educational Credential Assessment.

For international degrees, an Education Credential Assessment (ECA) is required.

  • $220+$10 (approximate courier expenses of $10)
  • $220 plus $85 for Fast Express courier fees. (Fast Express Courier costs of $85)
  • IELTS Exam Fees: IELTS costs Rs. 12,000 in India.

You can proceed to the following stage once you have received your ECA result letter and IELTS scorecard.

Step 02:
Filing your Express Entry Application online (Free of Cost)
  1. Fill out the online form
  2. Scan and upload the documents
  3. Pay your fees
  4. Submit your complete application
  5. After you apply Check your application status
Step 03:
Upon receiving an ITA invitation, you must upload your papers and pay the application costs to begin the visa procedure.

Fees for applying for a Canada PR visa:

  • Fees for a single applicant: CAD 825 for CIC + $500 (Right to PR Fee) = CAD 1325. (Including visa fees and PR fees)
  • Fee for a Couple Applicant: (CAD 825 *2) = CAD 2650 + 500 (Right to PR Fee)
  • Kid Dependent Fee: CAD 225 per child

This stage also includes the following fees:

  • INR 3,000 for a medical examination (varies depending on your source city)
  • INR 500 for a police certificate (varies depending on your source city)
Step 04:
Initiate & Complete your biometrics
  • For a single application, the biometric fee is CAD 85.
  • For two or more applications, the biometric fee is CAD 170.
Step 05:
You will be asked to provide your passport information.
  • The cost of a passport can range between Rs. 1000 and Rs. 2500. This fee is waived if you already hold a valid passport.
  • If you apply through a Provincial Nominee Program, you will be charged additional processing fees.

List of Canadian Provinces and Their Individual Fees

Name of Province Fees Charged Extra
Ontario Immigration Nominee Program (OINP) CAD 1500
Saskatchewan Immigration Nominee Program (SINP) CAD 350
Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) CAD 500
British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BCPNP) CAD 1150
Quebec Skilled Workers Program (QSWP)

(Only for Province of Quebec)

Primary applicant: CAD 785

Spouse or Partner: CAD 168

Dependent Child: CAD 168

Other fees to consider include:

  • Purchasing Travel Tickets – The cost of an airline ticket might range from Rs. 40,000 to Rs. 100,000.
  • Visa Consultation fees vary depending on the professional you select.
  • Proof of Funds

Money is requested as proof of financial resources for family members.

The amount of money required as evidence of funds for family members varies according to the number of members. The chart below shows the minimal amount you must exhibit in order to immigrate to Canada.

Number of family members Funds required (in Canadian dollars) Approximate Amount in INR ( **Approx. 1 CAD$ – INR 60)
1 $13,213 INR 7,92,780
2 $16,449 INR 9,86,940
3 $20,222 INR 12,13,320
4 $24,553 INR 14,73,180
5 $27,847 INR 16,70,820
6 $31,407 INR 18,84,420
7 $34,967 INR 20,98,020
For each additional family member $3,560 INR 2,13,600

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How long does it take to get a Canada Express Entry Visa?

Once the application is submitted, it normally takes 6 months to process. It is critical that the applicant submits all required documentation before the processing window starts.

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Other Important Questions and Answers

Who is in responsible of the Express Entry Program?

The Canadian government is in charge of Express Entry. Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada is in charge of Express Entry (IRCC).

Is CIC and IRCC the same thing?

Yes, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) and Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) are the same organisation. In 2015, the CIC was renamed IRCC.

What is the purpose of the Canada Express draw?

The procedure for selecting applications is the Canada express admission draw. The pool of individuals eligible for an invitation to apply is chosen in this method based on the stated CRS score. It is done every two weeks, and the top scorers are forwarded to the ITA. They will thereafter be able to apply for a Permanent Residence visa. Canada Express Entry assists immigrants in obtaining permanent status. You can select from a variety of programmes.

What is the FSW points grid?

The Federal Skilled Worker (FSW) Points grid differs from the CRS grid. Immigrants applying through the FSWP must score at least 67 out of 100. They are only entitled to apply for the FSWP if they have 67 points. Six elements are taken into account by the scoring grid. The elements are as follows:

Factors Maximum Points
Educational Level 25
Age 12
Adaptability 10
Language Skill 28
Work Experience 15
Job Arranged 10
Which is the simplest way to relocate to Canada?
  • Visitor Visa
  • Work Permit
  • Express Entry
  • Business Investor Program
  • Study Visa
  • Provincial Nominee Program
What are some of the most significant factors to consider while using Express Entry?
  • The IRCC created the Express Entry immigration system.
  • Express Entry includes three immigration schemes.
  • The IRCC is in charge of Express Entry.
  • To create a profile with Canada Express Entry, you must submit a number of documents.
  • Express Entry does not require a job offer.
  • Some job opportunities may not need a Labour Market Impact Assessment.
  • Proof of finances demonstrates that you are financially capable of living in Canada.
  • For Canada Express Entry, you must have prior work experience.
  • An applicant’s spouse may also become a permanent resident of Canada.
  • The Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score is determined by a number of criteria.
  • The FSW points grid is a scoring system for candidates to the Federal Skilled Worker Program.
Is an ECA (Educational Credentials Assessment) required for Express Entry?

The software determines whether or not the Educational Credentials Assessment (ECA) express entry mechanism is required.

The programme that necessitates ECA is :

  • Skilled Worker Program (Federal)

The following programmes do not require ECA:

  • Canadian Experience Class
  • Federal Skilled Trades Program
Is job experience required for Canada express entry?

Yes, prior job experience is required for Canada express entry. However, the length of time required varies depending on the software.

Can an applicant's spouse seek for permanent residency?

An applicant’s spouse may apply for permanent residence. However, the applicant must claim him/her on the application.