Express Entry

Express Entry is a new online application system being used by and Immigration , Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). Express Entry is not a new program but rather a new way of managing the intake and processing of applications.

The three economic immigration programs eligible for Express Entry are:

  • Federal Skilled Worker Program
  • Federal Skilled Trades Program
  • Canadian Experience Class

Express Entry was introduced by the Government of Canada in January 2015. Express Entry makes Canada’s immigration system faster and better connected to job needs. It also gives employers a more direct role in finding the skilled workers they need. Almost all of Canada’s provinces and territories can nominate people—with the skills, education and work experience to contribute to the economy—to immigrate to Canada and become permanent residents. Individuals who are nominated under a provincial or territorial nominee program must apply to IRCC to become permanent residents of Canada.

Benefit for employers
Express Entry helps employers meet employers’ labour needs with skilled workers from other countries when they cannot find Canadians or permanent residents to fill openings for eligible, full-time, permanent jobs. Express Entry gives employers more flexibility and choice. They can continue to use current recruitment practices. Express Entry candidates with a job offer supported by an Labour Market Impact Assessment or provincial/territorial nomination will be given enough additional points to be invited to apply at the next eligible round of invitations. There will be no LMIA fee for permanent residence applications. They can take advantage of improvements to Canada’s Job Bank, which will help match employers with eligible foreign workers; or they can opt to use the Express Entry stream of the Provicial Nominee Programs.Express Entry applicants receive priority processing. In 80% of cases, permanent residence applications will be processed in six months or less.

Benefit for individuals
Express Entry will offer many benefits, including:

  • faster processing times: most applications are expected to be processed in six months or less, from the time complete applications are received for permanent residence to a final decision; and
  • an easier way to get a job offer from an eligible employer in Canada before you arrive in Canada: the Government of Canada’s enhanced Job Bank will let eligible employers in Canada and skilled foreign nationals connect with one another more easily, making economic integration faster once immigrants arrive in Canada. The Province of Quebec does not use Express Entry. They select their own skilled workers. See Quebec-selected skilled workers to find out more.

How to prepare for Express Entry

  • Prepare for and write the IELTS test in order to get the results you need to immigrate to Canada.
  • French language testing, including the Test d’évaluation du français (TEF), the Test de connaissance du français (TCF), and the Diplôme d’Études en Langue Française (DELF) if applicable.
  • Get your foreign credentials assessed according to Canadian standards.
  • Learn more about the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) and use the free CRS Calculator tool.
  • Deal with any medical inadmissibility or criminal inadmissibility issues you may have.
  • Browse available Provincial Nominee Programs that have an enhanced stream aligned with Express Entry.
  • Use the Landmark Immigration Solutions Job Search tool in the “Employment in Canada” section under the “Contacts” tab to search for available positions across Canada.