Canada Express Entry

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’s 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 within six months.

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

WHICH PROGRAMS COME UNDER 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
ELIGIBILITY FACTORS

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

6 FACTORS ASSESSED FOR 67-POINTS CANADA ELIGIBILITY CALCULATION

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.

AN OVERVIEW OF CRS CALCULATION CRITERIA

Maximum CRS points available = 1,200
CRS score of a candidate = A + B + C + D

A. Core / human capital factors

Age

Education

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

FEATURES

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
DOCUMENTS REQUIRED FOR CANADA 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 2021

Express Entry Draws in 2021 – as on December 31, 2021 

Total IRCC draws in 2021 so far: 42

Total ITAs in 2021 so far: 114,431 

[Note. PNP nomination = 600 CRS points]

Sl. No. Draw No. Invited Date of Draw Time of Draw CRS cut-off ITAs issued Tie-breaking rule applied
1 #171 PNP January 6, 2021 14:39:02 UTC CRS 813 250 November 2, 2020 at 11:11:52 UTC
2 #172 CEC January 7, 2021 14:15:32 UTC CRS 461 4,750 September 12, 2020 at 20:46:32 UTC
3 #173 PNP January 20, 2021 14:13:12 UTC CRS 741 374 September 5, 2020 at 19:39:04 UTC
4 #174 CEC January 21, 2021 14:22:20 UTC CRS 454 4,626 July 23, 2020 at 17:32:00 UTC
5 #175 PNP February 10, 2021 14:31:18 UTC CRS 720 654 August 14, 2020 at 06:51:00 UTC
6 #176 CEC February 13, 2021 11:56:56 UTC CRS 75 27,332 September 12, 2020 at 15:31:40 UTC
7 #177 PNP March 08, 2021 13:53:21 UTC CRS 739 671 February 16, 2021 at 19:10:25 UTC
8 #178 PNP March 17, 2021 11:49:48 UTC CRS 682 183 March 04, 2021 at 16:56:20 UTC
9 #179 CEC March 18, 2021 11:30:56 UTC CRS 449 5,000 February 19, 2021 at 15:59:57 UTC
10 #180 PNP March 31, 2021 11:21:22 UTC CRS 778 284 March 16, 2021 at 16:09:32 UTC
11 #181 CEC April 1, 2021 11:04:53 UTC CRS 432 5,000 February 16, 2021 at 09:51:22 UTC
12 #182 PNP April 14, 2021 11:01:51 UTC CRS 753 266 March 01, 2021 at 15:22:18 UTC
13 #183 CEC April 16, 2021 21:35:52 UTC CRS 417 6,000 March 01, 2021 at 19:53:46 UTC
14 #184 PNP April 28, 2021 11:00:02 UTC CRS 717 381 March 16, 2021 at 21:20:50 UTC
15 #185 CEC April 29, 2021 10:34:05 UTC CRS 400 6,000 April 24, 2021 at 15:24:49 UTC
16 #186 PNP May 12, 2021 10:28:53 UTC CRS 752 557 April 29, 2021 at 10:18:12 UTC
17 #187 CEC May 13, 2021 16:50:04 UTC CRS 401 4,147 April 29, 2021 at 11:48:14 UTC
18 #188 CEC May 20, 2021 10:10:54 UTC CRS 397 1,842 April 24, 2021 at 12:09:24 UTC
19 #189 PNP May 26, 2021 10:41:44 UTC CRS 731 500 April 06, 2021 at 09:50:14 UTC
20 #190 CEC May 31, 2021 13:19:23 UTC CRS 380 5,956 May 31, 2021 at 13:19:23 UTC
21 #191 PNP June 9, 2021 13:16:30 UTC CRS 711 940 February 16, 2021 at 09:06:30 UTC
22 #192 CEC June 10, 2021 05:45:14 UTC CRS 368 6,000 April 28, 2021 at 05:45:14 UTC
23 #193 PNP June 23, 2021 15:41:38 UTC CRS 742 1,002 February 18, 2021 at 04:04:56 UTC
24 #194 CEC June 24, 2021 14:39:59 UTC CRS 357 6,000 February 17, 2021 at 10:15:50 UTC
25 #195 PNP July 7, 2021 13:17:37 UTC CRS 760 627 June 14, 2021 at 07:44:05 UTC
26 #196 CEC July 8, 2021 14:02:45 UTC CRS 369 4,500 June 10, 2021 at 22:46:37 UTC
27 #197 PNP July 21, 2021 13:01:45 UTC CRS 734 462 April 11, 2021 at 10:56:32 UTC
28 #198 CEC July 22, 2021 14:02:32 UTC CRS 357 4,500 February 14, 2021 at 09:04:15 UTC
29 #199 PNP August 4, 2021 13:33:36 UTC CRS 760 512 March 5, 2021 at 22:38:31 UTC
30 #200 CEC August 5, 2021 13:11:37 UTC CRS 404 3,000 August 3, 2021 at 05:39:26 UTC
31 #201 PNP August 18, 2021 14:10:39 UTC CRS 751 463 April 13, 2021 at 16:29:29 UTC
32 #202 CEC August 19, 2021 13:25:22 UTC CRS 403 3,000 August 01, 2021 at 10:13:57 UTC
33 #203 PNP September 1, 2021 13:34:47 UTC CRS 764 635 April 12, 2021 at 12:21:45 UTC
34 #204 CEC September 14, 2021 13:06:02 UTC CRS 462 2,000 September 11, 2021 at 10:55:43 UTC
35 #205 PNP September 15, 2021 14:59:17 UTC CRS 732 521 February 24, 2021 at 10:46:54 UTC
36 #206 PNP September 29, 2021 13:17:49 UTC CRS 742 761 July 29, 2021 at 09:45:29 UTC
37 #207 PNP October 13, 2021 13:13:38 UTC CRS 720 681 March 16, 2021 at 07:53:28 UTC
38 #208 PNP October 27, 2021 13:32:26 UTC CRS 744 888 October 7, 2021 at 16:38:21 UTC
39 #209 PNP November 10, 2021 17:02:21 UTC CRS 685 775 November 10, 2021 at 17:02:21 UTC
40 #210 PNP November 24, 2021 14:01:44 UTC CRS 737 613 November 24 2021 at 14:01:44 UTC
41 #211 PNP December 10, 2021 13:53:48 UTC CRS 698 1,032 September 10, 2021 at 16:43:17 UTC
42 #212 PNP December 22, 2021 16:27:24 UTC CRS 720 746 November 24, 2021 at 16:56:42 UTC
FAQs
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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