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Canada Express Entry Program 2020

For whom?

The Express Entry program was started in 2015 by the Government of Canada to attract skilled workforce to the country as Permanent Residents. A great success, Canada’s Express Entry system manages the profiles of candidates for three of Canada’s main economic-class immigration programs — the Federal Skilled Worker Class, Federal Skilled Trades Class and Canadian Experience Class.

Faster Entry

The Express Entry program means faster processing of PR Visa applications and offers applicants an express entry to Canada. Usually, the Express Entry Program speeds up the process and completes the process in six around months. The program follows a federal qualifying system and an approved candidate has the right to settle anywhere in Canada.

The ranking system in Express Entry is a competitive immigration system in which the best candidates get express entry. The candidates are ranked on basis of their age, qualification, professional expertise, language proficiency, skills etc. A draw is taken from the pool of candidates.

Under Express Entry, individuals and families can become new permanent residents in Canada as a first step to permanently settle in Canada .

Express Entry documents checklist

  • Language proficiency test scores
  • Medical examination certificates
  • Police clearance certificates.
  • Copy of biometrics data page of a passport or travel document.
  • Education credential assessment (ECA) report
  • Provincial nomination documents (if you have one)
  • Written job offer from a Canadian employer (if any)
  • Proof of work experience.
  • Proof of funds (only mandatory for FSW stream)
  • Reference letters

Know about Points required for Express Entry

1.Points before entering the Express Entry pool

The Express Entry immigration to Canada is for the Federal Skilled Worker Class (FSWC), the Federal Skilled Trades Class ( FSTC ) and the Canadian Experience Class ( CEC ).

While the FSTC consider qualified tradespersons with recent experience in a listed occupation, CEC are for people who have recent skilled Canadian work experience. Neither the FSTC nor the CEC require candidates to satisfy a points requirement to be eligible to submit a profile for Express Entry.

But FSWC is open to people around the world who satisfy a minimum points requirement for eligibility. Note: this is a completely separate points system from the CRS score. Under the FSWC points-grid, a minimum of 67 points out of 100 is essential in order to enter the Express Entry pool.

2.Points required once inside the entry pool.

In the Express Entry pool, all applicants whichever category they have applied I, are allotted a CRS score. This score determines where an individual candidate ranks in the Express Entry pool. When IRCC conducts an Express Entry draw, this score determines which candidates are invited to apply for permanent residence. CRS cut-off thresholds for FSWC and CEC candidates have been as low as 413 points previously, with cut-off thresholds for FSTC candidates having been even lower than that on occasion. It varies according to the applicants in a lot of the Express Entry Pool.

Though CRS cut-off thresholds are not predetermined and are subject to change for different Express Entry draws, prior draws give a clue to what are the best chances for an applicant to be chosen. Our experts can help you with more information and guidance to ensure best chances.

Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS)

Canada’s Express Entry immigration selection system employs Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) to rank and pick individuals who are eligible to immigrate to Canada under three federal economic immigration programs.

The Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) performs an Express Entry draw randomly from this pool of candidates and thereafter the top-ranked candidates receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residence. Usually these draws happen once every two weeks. The Comprehensive Ranking System is a dynamic, competitive system — the more points you accumulate, the more likely it is that you will be invited to apply.

Before being assigned a Comprehensive Ranking System score, individuals must first be eligible under one of the following programs:

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

Candidates in the pool are assigned a Comprehensive Ranking System score out of 1,200.

Single or with Spouse/Partner?

For single applicants:

  • Up to 500 points available for core human capital factors, including age, level of education, language ability, and Canadian work experience;
  • Up to 100 points available for skill transferability factors; and
  • Up to 600 points available for additional factors ( including a provincial nomination, a valid job offer, Canadian study experience, a sibling in Canada, and/or French language ability).

With Spouse/Partner

  • Up to 460 points available for core human capital factors of the principal applicant;
  • Up to 40 points for the core human capital factors of the spouse or common-law partner;
  • Up to 100 points available for skill transferability factors; and
  • Up to 600 points available for additional factors.

Better your CRS score

What people miss are the hidden opportunities to better your CRS sthcore. Experts at Greenline help you utilise all opportunities to better your CRS score. Some of the factors that add up are:

Sibling in Canada

If you, or your spouse/common-law partner, have a brother or sister living in Canada as a citizen or permanent resident, then you just need to prove the relationship and watch your CRS score increase by 15 points. The relationship need not be essentially blood but also includes adoption, marriage, or common-law partnership.


Education is worth 150 points in its own right, and up to 50 more in combination with Canadian work experience and/or language ability for Canadian Experience Class (CEC ) and Federal Skilled Trades Class ( FSTC) candidates. CEC and FSTC candidates do not have to provide an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) or Canadian credential upon entry to the pool. And so, every bit of education counts and has to be declared in Express Entry profile even if it does not relate to present job.

Second Language

Proficiency in French can win you more points. If the applicant can handle both English and French with ease, he is better equipped for Canada. Only, he/she must have approved test scores to show proficiency. There are bonus points available to bilingual candidates and certain PNP streams that are only open to French-speakers.

Get a better score for language test

Improvement wins you more points. The improvement maybe in any of the aspects like speaking, listening, reading or writing. The magic threshold is when a candidate achieves a Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) level of 9 in all of them. Getting a CLB 9 in each ability spikes points under the skills transferability factors (the exact jump is based on your levels of education and work experience).

To achieve CLB 9 on IELTS General Training exam, score

  • Listening: 8.0
  • Speaking 7.0
  • Reading: 7.0
  • Writing: 7.0

Gain more work experience

Work experience of less than three years of work of full-time (or equivalent part-time) outside Canada is not enough. Add more years and be rewarded in the skills transferability combinations. However, this work won’t bring points under the human capital factors.

If working in Canada, ensure that they maintain a legal work status for a longer period of time. More the work experience in Canada, more the points. Once the current employment is added to the profile, the CRS score will automatically update whenever a new threshold is reached in work.

Provincial Nominee Programs(PNP)

PNP is a blessing for any applicant to Express Entry. A warm welcome to a Province and as much as 600-points added to your CRS score is the promise held out by Provincial Nominee Programs ( PNPs).

Of recent, an increasing number of provinces are aligning their guidelines to expedite the process of Express Entry. The IRCC decides the specific allocations to the provinces for the PNPs and the provinces get to welcome newcomers of their liking from the Express Entry pool. Some have specific preferences like Ontario had Information Technology (IT) sector while others had other options.

Complete another educational program

Education is always a worthwhile asset. Improve CRS scores with better education. Better education d paves the way for better adaptability and skill transferability. A maximum of 100 points can be gained through the skill transferability factors section. In terms of education, to maximize your skill transferability points, you must complete the following level of education:

Two or more than two post-secondary credentials, of which one must have been a three year program or longer. Post a bachelor’s degree, any one year or longer course makes you eligible for higher points under skill transferability factors and increases your chances of a life in the maple country, Canada.

A Canadian job offer

A Canadian job makes all the difference. Obtaining a viable offer needs some targeted effort and we at Greenlight can help you get the right guidance and mentors.

Spouse/Partner factors

The spouse/common-law partner’s language ability is worth up to 20 points, while education level and Canadian work experience amount to 10 points each. In all, a total of 40 points are available based on your spouse/partner’s factors.

If single, these 40 points are redistributed into the factors of your profile. Single applicants thus don’t miss out on these 40 points, you simply claim them within your own abilities.

You may submit only one final application for permanent residence per couple. In the event both members of a couple receive ITAs at the same time, only one permanent residence application may be submitted.

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