Express Entry

EE is a system where applications of Skilled Workers are managed according to Comprehensive Ranking System. One must score 67 points based on the 6 selection factors criteria to become eligible to enter profile in Express Entry.

Express Entry manages applications for three economic immigration programs:

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

Each program has its own eligibility requirement as given bellow:

Federal Skilled Worker Program:

Language Skills: CLB 7 (minimum)
Canadian or foreign work experience: 1 year in NOC 0,A,B continuous with in the last 10 years I primary NOC (Combination, part time/full time or more than 1 job)
Education: Minimum Secondary school (higher education will earn more points on CRS)

Federal Skill Trade:

Language Skills: CLB 5 for Listening and speaking, CLB 4 for reading and writing
Work Experience: Canadian or foreign experience in a skilled trade under key groups of NOC B. Two years within last 5 years (either combination of full-time or part-time work) A valid job offer of full-time employment for a total period of at least 1 year or a certificate of qualification in that skilled trade issued by a Canadian provincial, territorial or federal authority
Education: Not required

Canadian Experience Class:

Language Skills: English or French skills. CLB 7 if your NOC is 0 or A. CLB 5 if your NOC is B
Work Experience: Canadian experience in 1 of these NOCs 0, A, B in Canada in the last 3 years (either combination of full-time or part-time work) Job offer not required
Education: Not required

Provincial Nomination Program

This program targets those foreign nationals who have skills, education and work experience to contribute to the economy of a specific province or territory, want to live in that province, and want to become permanent residents of Canada.

Each province and territory have its own “streams” (immigration programs that target certain groups) and requirements. For example, in a program stream, provinces and territories may target, students, business people, skilled workers, semi-skilled workers.

The application options

The application process depends on which program or province you are applying to. You can either apply through:

  • paper based application or
  • online through Express Entry

In the paper-based process:

Application is submitted to the province or territory for nomination under a non-Express Entry stream. If the eligibility requirements of the province are met, the province sent out nomination. After Nomination, a paper application for permanent residence is submitted to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.

Application processing times are longer under Provincial Nomination Program than through Express Entry.

Online Express Entry process:

There are 2 ways to apply:

Direct application through an Express Entry stream for nomination to a province. Once the nomination is issued, create an Express Entry Profile or update the current profile of have one already.


Create an Express Entry profile and select the provinces and territories of interest. If a province or territory sends out “notification of interest” apply to their Express Entry stream.

Caregiver Pilot Program

There are two options under this pilot program;

  1. Home Child Care Provider Pilot and
  2. Home Support Worker Pilot

As of June 18, 2019, eligible caregiver can apply for permanent residence through the Home Child Care Provider Pilot or Home Support Worker Pilot if you:

  • meet the eligibility requirements, and
  • have a job offer to work in one of these occupations

Through these pilots, you’ll get an open work permit to come to Canada and work temporarily. This work permit is occupation-restricted (so you have to work in that specific occupation). It doesn’t need a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA).

To find out if you are eligible for this program, please contact us for an initial assessment.