Canada Express Entry

Express Entry – Here Are 10 Most Frequently Asked Questions

Express Entry (EE) is one of the most popular and fastest ways to get a permanent residency(PR) in Canada. The program allows skilled immigrants to live and work in Canada.

What is Express Entry System?

Express Entry is an electronic online system and process of obtaining PR in Canada. It is a system that is used to manage skilled worker applicants who want to get a PR in Canada. EE is not an immigration program in and of itself. However, this system manages applications submitted through different immigration programs. 

What are Different Programs Under Express Entry System?

The EE system applies to one of these Canadian economic immigration programs:



What is an Express Entry Profile?

Applicants have to make an expression of interest (EOI) in coming to Canada by creating an online Express Entry profile. You need to provide information about your skills, work experience, language ability, education, etc.

Also, you have to provide some personal information in this profile. Moreover, this profile is self-declared. So, any information you provide is based on your assessment.

Is Language Test Mandatory under EE?

You have to take an English/French language proficiency test to be eligible under EE. The common tests for English are IELTS and CELPIP. TEF is common for French language. Also, you can take both English and French language tests to improve your score. Most language tests results are valid only for two years.

  • Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP): CLB/NCLC level 7.
  • Canadian Experience Class (CEC): CLB/NCLC level 7 for NOC O and A. CLB/NCLC 5 level for NOC B.
  • Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP): CLB/NCLC level 5 in speaking and listening + CLB/NCLC level 4 in reading and writing.

Click here for CLB and NCLC language equivalency chart.

What is Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS)?

CRS is the government’s internal mechanism for ranking candidates. It is based on the human capital, determined by factors like age, level of education and language ability. Under this system there are points allotted to applicants based on these factors. These points are your CRS score, that determine if you get an invitation to apply or not. 

How much funds are required?

There are no funds required if you are applying under Candian Experience Class. However, proof of funds are required for Federal Skilled Worker Program and Federal Skilled Trades Program as mentioned below. Learn here how to calculate proof of 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

Express Entry Proof of Funds

What is a National Occupational Classification Code (NOC)?

Canada has broken down all possible occupations into a large database of codes called NOC codes. These codes help to organize and understand occupations in Canada. Express Entry targets skilled workers.

So, NOC codes are used to determine the skill level of a candidate’s work experience. Only work experience at NOC Skill Levels 0, A, and B, qualifies as skilled work.

How Long is the EE Profile Valid for?

Express entry profiles are valid for 12 month or until you receive an ITA. After 12 months, you can create a new profile. Also, once you receive an ITA your profile gets locked. As long as your profile is active you can edit the information.

What is the Processing Time for Express Entry Application?

Once you enter an EE pool, you have to wait to get an ITA. After you receive an ITA, you have to submit the documents. These are those for which you claimed points in the EE profile.

The processing of your application starts only after complete documents are submitted. Also, you have to pay the fees. The ideal time to process applications is usually six months. However, depending upon your profile and processing office this period may vary.

What Is The Current Processing Time for programs under Express Entry?

  • Canadian Experience Class (CEC): 13 months
  • Federal Skilled Worker (FSWP): 26 months 
  • Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP): 47 months 
  • Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) via express entry: 18 months