Frequently Asked Questions About The Express Entry Immigration Selection System

Canada Express entry is one of the best ways for skilled professionals to immigrate to Canada. It has some of the best options. Someone who is applying for the first time there will be many questions for which they need answer. Here is a list of Express Entry Frequently Asked Questions with there answers in the simplest way.

1. What is Express Entry?

Express Entry is an electronic management application system for immigration to Canada.

Under Express Entry, candidates tell IRCC a little bit about their skills, education, and career history. They are then assigned a score, and at regular intervals, the top-ranking candidates are picked from the Express Entry pool, and issued an Invitation to Apply for their chosen economic immigration program.

2. Why is it called Express Entry?

IRCC, formerly known as CIC aims to process applications within six months from the date of submission of complete application for permanent residence after an invitation to apply has been issued.

3. When did Express Entry come into operation?

Express Entry came into operation on January 1, 2015.

4. Which immigration programs are covered under the Express Entry system?

The Express Entry system applies to the following Canadian economic immigration programs:

5. Does Express Entry change the requirements of Canadian immigration programs?

No. Express Entry does not change Canadian immigration program requirement. Express Entry is not an immigration program. Rather, it is a management and selection system for existing immigration programs.

6. What is an Express Entry profile?

Express Entry (EE) is an online immigration application system.

Potential candidates make an Express Entry profile and providing information about their skills, work experience, language ability, education, and other personal information. This profile is a self-declared; that is to say that the material provided by the potential candidate is based on his or her own assessment of his or her personal information.

7. What happens if the personal information declared by a potential candidate going into the pool turns out to be false?

If the information provided by the potential candidate turns out to be false, this is known as misrepresentation and, depending on the false claim, carries penalties. They can ban a potential candidate who has been found to have provided false information going into the Express Entry pool from re-entering the pool for five years. Therefore, it is hugely important to provide accurate and correct information always. Candidates unsure about how to assess their own abilities and credentials may want to seek advice from an immigration Consultant before entering the Express Entry pool.

9. What is the Comprehensive Ranking System?

The Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) is criteria used by the Express Entry system to score candidates who apply through the federal government’s skilled worker programs.

Main factor and guideline of the Canada Express Entry Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) are:

  • Core human capital
  • Accompanying spouse or common-law partner
  • Skill transfer-ability
  • Provincial nomination or a qualifying job offer of arranged employment.

Total CRS Points is 1200

10. What is the Canada Job Bank?

The Job Bank is an employment website operated by Employment and Social Development Canada. It provides an online database of job listings in Canada and other employment services and information for recruiters and job seekers, including career planning, resume creation, job matching, and notifications.

Following are the list of job sites for Canada:


11. Once a candidate is in the pool, can he or she change the information on his or her profile?

Yes, Candidates are required to update their profile to reflect any changes in their status, such as in language ability, family composition, work experience, or education credentials.

12. What does ‘invitation to apply’ mean?

 They offer an invitation to apply  to any candidate in the Express Entry pool. Who has selected to apply for immigration to Canada by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) through the Express Entry immigration selection system They issue an invitation to apply for Canada on a priority basis When IRCC performs a draw from the Express Entry pool, Hence which comprises candidates who have made an expression of interest in immigrating to Canada

15. Is the federal government able to select candidates from the Express Entry pool?

Yes, the federal government of Canada can select candidates from the Express Entry pool. These candidates need not to have a valid job offer from a Canadian employer to receive an Invitation to Apply for permanent residence.

16. Can candidates use both a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) and Express Entry?

Yes, there is a connection between the PNPs and Express Entry. Once a candidate updates his or her Express Entry profile to show that he or she has an enhanced provincial nomination certificate, they will give him or her enough additional points (600) to be invited to apply at a subsequent draw of candidates from the pool.

17. What role do Canadian employers play under Express Entry?

Canadian employers have a greater and more direct role in Canadian immigration under Express Entry than previously. Candidates in the Express Entry pool have the opportunity to increase their chances of being invited to apply by promoting themselves directly to employers through the Canada Job Bank. As of June 6, 2017, registration in the Job Bank is voluntary.

18. Does a candidate need a job offer in order to immigrate to Canada under Express Entry?

Not necessarily. Canadian employers play a great role in Canadian immigration under Express Entry, for many candidates, getting a valid job offer from a Canadian employer significantly increases their chances of being invited to apply for Canadian permanent residence. Candidates in the Express Entry pool increase their chances of being invited to apply by promoting themselves directly to employers through the Canada Visa Job Search tool.

19. How long does a candidate have to submit an application if he or she receives an invitation to apply for permanent residence?

He or She has 60 days to submit a complete electronic application with all supporting documents after the moment they issue a candidate an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for Canadian permanent residence

20. What supporting documentation needs to be submitted once a candidate has been invited to apply for permanent residence?

Once an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residence has been issued to a candidate, he or she must submit a range of supporting documents with his or her application, as was the case previously.
These documents include those pertaining to civil status such as

marriage certificates (if applicable),
birth certificates,
language test results,
an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA; if applicable),
work reference letters,
security background checks,

and other documents.

21. Are candidates required to get an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA)?

It requires ECA for candidates in the Express Entry pool who wish to be considered for draws related to the Federal Skilled Worker Class, unless they received their post-secondary education in Canada. For candidates who are hoping to apply to the Federal Skilled Trades Class or Canadian Experience Class, an ECA is optional but may increase the points they receive on the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) and improve their chances of being drawn from the pool.

22. Do candidates need to take language tests?

Yes, all candidates need to take a language test to determine their language abilities. There are a set number of points available for language ability for each of the economic immigration programs that come under Express Entry, and ability must be proven by candidates taking a standardized language test approved by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC, formerly known as CIC). The most popular are IELTS, CELPIP for English and TEF or TCF Canada for French.