•    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.


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.


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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 in 2023
Total draws: 6
Total ITAs: 3,758
Draw No. Invited Date of Draw CRS cut-off ITAs issued
#242 Provincial Nominee Program March 1, 2023 667 748
#241 Provincial Nominee Program February 15, 2023 699 791
#240 Federal Skilled Worker February 2, 2023 3300 489
#239 Provincial Nominee Program February 1, 2023 893 733
#238 No Program Specified January 18, 2023 5500 490
#237 No Program Specified January 11, 2023 5500 507

In 2022, Canada Express Entry invited 46,538 candidates. The CRS score of the latest draw is recorded as the lowest compared to the overall scores in the year.

Date of Draw Draw No. No. of Candidates invited CRS Score
November 23, 2022 236 4,750 491
November 9, 2022 235 4,750 494
October 26, 2022 234 4,750 496
October 12, 2022 233 4,250 500
September 28, 2022 232 3,750 504
September 14, 2022 231 3,250 510
August 31, 2022 230 2,750 516
August 17, 2022 229 2,250 525
August 3, 2022 228 2,000 533
July 20, 2022 227 1,750 542
July 6, 2022 226 1,500 557
June 22, 2022 225 636 752
June 8, 2022 224 932 796
May 25, 2022 223 589 741
May 11, 2022 222 545 753
April 27, 2022 221 829 772
April 13, 2022 220 787 782
March 30, 2022 219 919 785
March 16, 2022 218 924 754
March 2, 2022 217 1,047 761
February 16, 2022 216 1,082 710
February 2, 2022 215 1,070 674
January 19, 2022 214 1,036 745
January 5, 2022 213 392 808
ALL PNP Draws in 2022

IRCC invited 53,057 candidates through Canada PNP draws in 2022. The below table gives information on each province’s participation to meet Canada immigration target in 2022. Quebec Invited 8071 candidates to apply for permanent selection in 2022.

Provincial Nominee Program Number of Candidates invited in 2022
Alberta PNP 2,320
British Columbia PNP 8,878
Manitoba PNP 7,469
Ontario PNP 21,261
Prince Edward Island PNP 1,854
Saskatchewan PNP 11,113
Nova Scotia PNP 162
*Quebec Immigration Program 8071
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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