Express Entry



The Express Entry (EE) system is a three stage active immigration process whereby interested applicants will first submit an EE form online. Second, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) assesses these potential applicants against specific eligibility criteria. Potential applicants who are deemed to have met the eligibility criteria are then entered into a pool with other eligible candidates. Third, those candidates whose profiles align with the identified needs of the government, as well as, that of certain Canadian employers, will be issued an “invitation to apply” (ITA). Only those candidates who receive invitations can then proceed to apply for permanent residence.


  • skills work experience
  • language ability
  • education and
  • other details that will help in assessing eligibility


The candidates who registered online will be ranked, one against the other based on the “Comprehensive Ranking System” (CRS) on the factors mentioned above. Candidates that have an “Arranged Employment” job offer, a provincial nomination or Canadian post-secondary education will receive additional points. All candidates in the EE pool will be granted points (maximum of 1200) that take into consideration the following factors:

  • Skills and work experience (up to 500 points)
  • Spouse or common-law partner factors (such as their language skills and education -up to 40 additional points but still a maximum of only 500 points)
  • Skills transferability (including education and work experience that, when combined, improve  his or her chances of being employed, and earning a higher wage  – up to 100 points)
  • Additional 600 points for those with a nomination from a province or territory, Arranged Employment or Canadian post-secondary education

For the principal candidate, the point allocations breakdown is as follows (these points include amendments which were made to the EE CRS on 19 November 2016):














Although an applicant can collect points for a spouse/partner, the additional points do not exceed what an applicant can score on his/her own:

point system 2

Once a candidate receives an ITA, they will then have 90 days to file their application for permanent residence.


Any candidates without an Arranged Employment job offer, or a nomination from a province or territory, must register with Employment and Social Development Canada’s (ESDC) Job Bank. Applicants are required and encouraged to promote themselves on the Job Bank as well as in any other relevant way, i.e. recruiters, job boards, etc. Job Bank advertising will help connect EE applicants with eligible employers in Canada. The Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) process and provincial/territorial nomination are no different under the EE regime as the focus remains upon ensuring employers made efforts to hire Canadians for the available positions, as well as facilitating provinces/territories’ ability to meet their specific labour market needs


After ranking the potential applicants, IRCC will organize “draws” and invite selected candidates to submit a full, complete application for permanent residency (ITA). At each draw, a minimum CRS score is set based upon Inventory.

For more information on the Express Entry or to determine your eligibility, contact us today!

Permanent Resident Application reviewed By Visa Officer

1. Your Application

Your Federal Skilled Worker application will only be processed if it is complete. If your application is incomplete in any way, Canadian immigration authorities will refuse it and/or return the application to the sender; all applications must be complete and true.

The Federal Skilled Worker must include all:

  • Forms; Citizenship and Immigration Canada require that all forms are signed and properly completed.
  • Information; Citizenship and Immigration Canada require all necessary information to make the decision on your Federal Skilled Worker application.
  • Documents; Citizenship and Immigration Canada require all necessary documents to make the decision on your Federal Skilled Worker application; this includes:
    • proof of work experience; language test results;
    • either a Canadian educational credential or a foreign credential and an assessment of your foreign education from an approved agency;
    • A photocopy of your passport’s bio-date pages; and,
    • 2 self-addressed mailing labels

Federal Skilled Worker applicants who are applying under the Arranged Employment stream must also include:

  • Photocopy of your work permit as well as your employer’s offer to employ
  • Copy of an Arranged Employment Opinion from Human Resources and you indeterminately once you are a permanent resident; or Social Development Canada

If these conditions are met, Canadian immigration authorities will initially accept the application and subsequently decide whether the application to the Federal Skilled Worker program will be accepted for processing.

2. Your application for Canadian Immigration as a Federal Skilled Worker is transferred and reviewed by a Canadian Immigration Visa Officer

The Federal Skilled Worker applicant must select the correct Canadian Immigration Visa Office for processing; as well, all required documents must be included in order for the Canadian immigration Visa Office to fully process you application.

The Canadian immigration officer will assess your documents in order to undertake a detailed analysis of your application. The assessment will consider the current selection criteria and passmark.

Citizenship and Immigration Canada make the decision your Federal Skilled Worker application based on the following criteria:

  • The eligibility criteria for the program and whether you fit into it,
  • The funds that you have to support yourself and your family upon your arrival in Canada,
  • Your medical exam results; and
  • Your police certificate.

3. Personal interview may be required or waived

Citizenship and Immigration Canada may require an interview in order to:

  • Confirm the truthfulness of the application;
  • Clarify any inconsistency in the application;
  • Verify that the work experience and/or education are correct;
  • Act consistent with security concerns for Canadians

4. Issuance of Medical instructions

Citizenship and Immigration Canada will forward medical instructions after an interview is deemed successful, or if the interview has been waived. The Federal Skilled Worker will be required to undergo a medical examination by an approved doctor.

5. Request for your passport and right of Permanent Resident fee

Citizenship and Immigration Canada will then request a payment for your Right of Permanent Resident Fee (RPRF) as well as your passport after the medical results have been received. The Federal Skilled Worker applicant from a Visitor Visa-Exempt country no longer has to submit a passport.

6. Receiving your Permanent Resident Visa for Canadian Immigration

You have received your Permanent Resident Visa when all the other steps are successfully completed. The visa will consist of an expiry date; it is mandatory for you and your accompanying family members to enter Canada by this time.

Our full-service Canadian immigration law firm specializes in temporary and permanent resident applications. Contact us, and we will simplify the application process for you.

Background check comprises with two events

1.) The standard Documentation checks

2.) The security & criminality checks.

Our background check is done at the CHC stage. It commences the moment our file gets the 1st BFD by the VO. An indicator of which is the e-CAS that shows “In Progress”. All docs been checked & our NOC being tallied against the MI, if the VO finds our case ‘eligible’ for Canadian PR, the file becomes ‘Accepted’; and then it goes for standard background checks, viz. Exp, Quals, Adaptability, Qualitative Considerations etc. The process involves many things. If our case file is well presented and the enclosures vouch the quality-quantity, adequate POF docs etc., there might not be a requirement of ‘actually’ calling the employers, references etc. The VOs have a way with that, they are experienced enough to ascertain the logical disposition of our case. But, if there are any concerns of his/her, s/he is likely to ask for additional docs, do further scrutiny vide any means [calling, visiting etc.] & might ask for an Interview.