•    Canada PR application processing within 6 months
  •    Fully electronic system of visa application processing
  •    Lower CRS score requirements
  •    You can apply directly for Canada PR
  • Foreign Workers   It gives Canadian employers more options to recruit foreigners


Launched in 2015, the Express Entry system of Canada is an online system that comes under the department of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).

Many from the UAE in general and Dubai in particular are exploring Canada immigration options available. As per the Express Entry Year-End Report 2019, more than 1,700 Express Entry candidates with the UAE as their country of residence received an invitation to apply in 2019.

There are many pathways available for those looking to migrate to Canada from Dubai. The Express Entry system remains the most popular Canadian immigration pathway available.

The Canadian government’s first-rate selection process and settlement programs respond effectively to the large number of individuals seeking out new opportunities in Canada.

In 2019, Canada welcomed over 341,000 permanent residents. In the same year, 402,000 Canada study permits and 404,000 temporary work permits for Canada were also issued.

Canada Express Entry provides a pathway to Canadian permanent residence for skilled foreign workers, within Canada or abroad. Express Entry has a standard processing time of under six months.

The federal government of Canada uses the Express Entry system to manage permanent residence submissions under the main economic immigration programs.

Canada Express Entry

  • Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP)
  • Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP)
  • Canadian Experience Class (CEC)

Additionally, some Canada immigration pathways under the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) are aligned with IRCC Express Entry.

Provinces and territories in Canada can also recruit candidates from Canada Express Entry through their individual PNPs, in keeping with their local labor market requirements.

Basic Step-wise Process

STEP 1: Profile creation

  • Fill out your Express Entry profile online
  • Be accepted to and included into the Express Entry pool of candidates

STEP 2: Applying for permanent residence

  • Receive an invitation to apply from IRCC
  • Apply for Canadian permanent online

You need to have a minimum of 67 points out of 100 to enter the Canada Express Entry pool.

Factor Maximum Points Available
Language skills 28
Education 25
Work experience 15
Age 12
Arranged employment in Canada 10
Adaptability (relatives in Canada etc.) 10

There is no upper age limit for applying for Canadian permanent residence through the Express Entry system. Those between the ages of 18 to 35 will get a maximum of 12 points for the factor of age. An individual 47 years or above will get no points for age but can still apply to Canada Express Entry, provided they secure the required 67 points.

Another points score comes into play when the profiles are in the pool of candidates that intend to migrate to Canada through Express Entry. Allotted as per a 1,200-points matrix referred to as the Comprehensive Ranking System, this score is also called the CRS score of an Express Entry candidate.

Maximum CRS points available = 1,200
CRS score of a candidate = A + B + C + D
A. Core / human capital factors Age
Language proficiency (IELTS, CELPIP etc.)
Canadian work experience
B. Spouse or common-law partner Education
Language proficiency (IELTS, CELPIP etc.)
Canadian work experience
C. Skill Transferability factors Education
Foreign work experience
Certificate of qualification (only for those in trade occupations)
A + B + C = Maximum 600 points
Another 600 CRS points come under “additional points”.
D. Additional points PNP nomination (CRS 600 points)
Arranged employment, that is, a job offer in Canada (CRS 200 points)
French language skills (CRS 50 points)
Post-secondary education in Canada (CRS 30 points)
Brother or sister living in Canada as a PR or citizen (CRS 15 points)
GRAND TOTAL: A + B + C + D = Maximum 1,200 points

Express Entry has streamlined the Canada immigration process, making it more transparent and streamlined. The key details of the program are:

  • No annual cap
  • Open throughout the year
  • Includes Federal Skilled Worker Program, Federal Skilled Trades Program, and Canadian Experience Class
  • Some PNP pathways are linked to Canada Express Entry
  • Following an evaluation, a CRS score is allotted and the profile is included in the IRCC pool
  • Highest-ranked candidates are sent invitations to apply
  • 110,500 permanent residents to be welcomed in 2022 through IRCC Express Entry
  • Valid passport
  • Proof of age
  • Identity proof
  • Certificates to support your educational qualifications
  • Standardized language test – IELTS or CELPIP for English – scorecard with the valid score
  • Medical exam, from an IRCC-approved panel physician
  • Police Clearance Certificate (PCC)
Express Entry Draws in 2022
Express Entry in 2022
Total draws: 13
Total ITAs: 11148
Draw No. Invited Date of Draw CRS cut-off ITAs issued
#225 PNP candidates June 22, 2022 752 636
#224 PNP candidates June 8, 2022 796 932
#223 PNP candidates May 27, 2022 589 741
#222 PNP candidates May 11, 2022 545 753
#221 PNP candidates April 27, 2022 772 829
#220 PNP candidates April 13, 2022 782 787
#219 PNP candidates March 30, 2022 785 919
#218 PNP candidates March 16, 2022 754 924
#217 PNP candidates March 02, 2022 761 1047
#216 PNP candidates February 16, 2022 710 1082
#215 PNP candidates February 02, 2022 674 1,070
#214 PNP candidates January 19, 2022 745 1,036
#213 PNP candidates January 5, 2022 808 392
Total 11148
What is the Express Entry process?

STEP 1: Check eligibility, to score 67-points to be able to apply
STEP 2: Get your Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) Report
STEP 3: Appear for language tests (IELTS or CELPIP for English), and secure the test results
STEP 4: Create your Express Entry profile
STEP 5: Get your CRS score
STEP 6: Receive an invitation to apply
STEP 7: Apply for permanent residence within 60 days
STEP 8: Medical examination, from an IRCC-approved panel physician
STEP 9: Get a Police Clearance Certificate (PCC)
STEP 10: Give your biometrics
STEP 11: Attend the interview
STEP 12: Grant of permanent resident status

What is Canada Express Entry?

Express Entry is an online system used by the federal government of Canada for managing permanent residence submissions from skilled workers.

How many points do I need for Canada immigration through Express Entry?

A minimum of 67 points will have to be scored on the points grid to be able to create an Express Entry profile.

I want to migrate to Canada from Dubai. Which immigration program is right for me?

There are many immigration programs, both federal and provincial, available for securing Canadian permanent residence.

I want to settle in Quebec. Can I apply through Canada Express Entry?

With greater autonomy over the induction of newcomers into the province, Quebec has its own immigration programs.

Canadian PNP and Express Entry system is not for you if you want to settle in Quebec as a permanent resident.

How to improve my CRS score for Canada permanent residence through Express Entry?

Secure a nomination through Canadian PNP.

Being nominated by a province/territory part of the Provincial Nominee Program fetches 600 ‘additional’ CRS points for a Canada Express Entry candidate.

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