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Working and Settling in Canada

Express Entry is a program is a points-based system for professionals who are looking to settle in Canada. The points are awarded to professionals based on their skills, experience, Canadian employment status, and any provincial nomination.

How Express Entry Works

Express Entry is an online system which is used by the Canadian government to manage applications received for permanent residency from skilled workers.

Step 1: Find out if you are eligible

There are two ways to check if you are eligible for Express Entry

  • Answer a few questions to check if you meet the minimum eligibility requirements. You will need to spend 10 to 15 mins to fill out the form to know your eligibility. The questions that you need to answer are based on:
    1. Age
    2. Nationality
    3. Language Ability
    4. Family Members
    5. Education
    6. Work Experience
    7. Any Job Offer

Based on your assessment answers, we will let you know what program best fits you and you are eligible for.

  • Read the detailed requirements for each program
    1. Federal Skilled Worker Program
    2. Federal Skilled Trades Program
    3. Canadian Experience Class

The different provinces in Canada also recruit candidates through the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP).

Step 2: Get your documents ready

You need to get your documents ready to show your eligibility for Express Entry. These are the documents that would be required by you for your application process:

  • a passport or travel document
  • language test results
  • proof of Canadian education or an educational credential assessment report for immigration purposes if
    1. you’re applying through the Federal Skilled Workers Program, or
    2. you want to get points for the education you got outside Canada
  • provincial nomination (if you have one)
  • written job offers from an employer in Canada (if you have one)
  • proof of work experience
  • certificate of qualification in a trade occupation issued by a Canadian province or territory (if you have one)
  • proof of fund
  • police certificates
  • medical exams
  • birth certificate

    1.  required if you’re declaring dependent children

  • use of a representative form

    2.  required if you’ve hired a representative

  • common-law union form

    3.  required if you’ve declared your marital status as “common-law”

  • marriage certificate

    4.  required if you’ve declared your marital status as “married”

  • divorce certificate and legal separation agreement

    5.  required if you’ve declared your marital status as “divorced”

  • death certificate

    6.  required if you’ve declared your marital status as “widowed”

  • adoption certificatee

    7.  required when a dependent child is listed as “adopted”

Other Documents

  • These documents are required to check if you meet the requirements of the program you are applying for:

    • proof of relationship to a relative in Canada
    • digital photos to confirm your identity
    • other name to confirm aliases
    • authority to release personal information to a designated individual for
    • any other documents that you feel are relevant to your application

Step 3: Submit your profile

Your Express Entry profile is where you give us information about yourself.
If you’re eligible, we’ll accept you into our pool of candidates.
You’ll be ranked in the Express Entry pool using a points-based system.

Step 4: Receive the invitation and apply for PR

If your profile is selected by the Express Entry draw under FSW/FSTP or PNP you will be receiving ITA and the final process for the immigration will be initiated.

Express Entry Points Calculator

The Express Entry system creates a pool of candidates who may be eligible to immigrate to Canada permanently.

You must be eligible for one of the immigration programs in Express Entry to get into the pool. You get points based on the information in your profile, including your skills and experience.

For Express Entry, the eligibility requirement is gaining 67 points out of 100. To apply for a PR visa, you need to score at least 67 points. The eligibility is based on the following criteria:

Age: Maximum points can be scored between the ages of 18 to 35 years.

Education: Educational qualification needs to be equal to higher secondary education level in Canada.

Work Experience: You will need at least one year work experience. The more work experience you have the more points you score.

Language Ability: You need to score at least a band 6 in your IELTS which is equivalent to CLB 7. The higher the score in your IELTS the more points you score.

Adaptability: A maximum of 10 points can be scored for adaptability. If you have family members or relatives living in Canada and who can support you, will help you gain points. You will also gain points if your spouse or partner migrates with you to Canada.

Arranged Employment: If you have a valid job offer from a Canadian employer, it will entitle you to score a maximum of 10 points.

Comprehensive Ranking System

The Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) is the points-based system used to assess and score your profile and rank you in the Express Entry pool.

The points you get from the CRS include a core set of points up to 600 and a set of additional points of up to 600. Your total score will be out of 1,200.

Core: Up to 600 points

  1. Skills and experience factors
  2. Spouse or common-law partner factors, such as their language skills and education
  3. Skills transferability, including education and work experiences

Additional: Up to 600 points

  1. Canadian degrees, diplomas or certificates
  2. a valid job offer
  3. a nomination from a province or territory
  4. a brother or sister living in Canada who is a citizen or permanent resident
  5. strong French language skills

Core points + Additional points = your total score

How can Vision World Overseas Help?

Vision World Overseas provides you with a thorough end-to-end process and support for your immigration visa. We ensure you have all your documents, and visa application duly filled and ready for submission.

    • Assessment
    • Document checklist
    • Documents required
    • Filing of Visa Application
    • English Language Test Assistance
    • Reference Letters assistance
    • Declaration Assistanc


The minimum IELTS score required for Express Entry is Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 7.

Following are the documents you may require to submit for the PR application:

  • Passport or Travel Documents
  • Language Test result
  • Education Credential Assessment, if
    1. Submitting the application through the FSWP
    2. Want to obtain points for education obtained overseas
  • If you have a nomination from a province
  • If you have a written employment offer from a Canadian employer
  • Proof of funds
  • Medical certificatio
  • Police clearance certificate
  • Proof of your details and any family members travelling with you – birth certificates, marriage certificates, passports, etc.
  • Proof of funds that you can support your and your family members initial stay in Canada

The minimum points required to score for Express Entry is at least 67 points out of 100. To know more about the points system, please get in touch with us.

To understand the process and know how you can apply for Express Entry, please speak to our counsellors for more details.

For Express Entry following are the language tests that one can take

For English:

For French:
TEF Canada
TCF Canada

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