Canada Express Entry

Canada is a popular destination for people wanting to migrate to another country.  The country is a favorite option because of its welcoming attitude to immigrants and various job opportunities for a young and skilled workforce.

Canada promises a comfortable lifestyle and the right living conditions. One of the options to migrate to Canada is to obtain a Permanent Resident (PR) visa. This visa is valid for five years and can be renewed.

In order to get your Canada PR visa, you will have to go through an application process. You can apply for the PR visa under the various immigration programs the government of Canada offers. Among the various immigration programs, the Express Entry system is the most popular.

This immigration program was started in 2015 for managing the applications under its Economic Class immigration programs.

Canada immigration programs work on a points-based system. An applicant must score a minimum number of points to gain the eligibility to apply for a PR visa. The applicants score points on various criteria such as age, language, education and work experience.

Here are the points you can score under the various criteria to meet the eligibility requirement:

  • Age: You can score the maximum points if you are between 18-35 years. Those above this age will gain lesser points.
  • Education: Your minimum educational qualification must be equal to the higher secondary education level in Canada.
  • Work experience: To score the minimum points you should have at least one year of work experience. More years of work experience will help you gain more points.
  • Language ability: You must have at least 6 bands in your IELTS equivalent to CLB 7 to be eligible to apply. Higher scores mean more points.
  • Adaptability: You gain ten points on the adaptability factor if your family members or close relatives are living in Canada and will be able to support you when you move in there.
  • Arranged employment: A valid job offer from a Canadian employer entitles you for ten points.
Eligibility factors

You need to have a minimum of 67 points out of 100 to enter the Express Entry pool. Once your application is in the Express Entry pool you will get an Invitation to Apply (ITA) based on the Express Entry draw that is conducted periodically.


The Express Entry program has streamlined the immigration process and made it more transparent. Key details of the program are:

  • The program has no cap on applicants and is open throughout the year
  • The program is applicable to the Federal Skilled Worker Program, Federal Skilled Traders Program, and Canadian Experience Class Immigration Program
  • Applicants must submit an Expression of Interest to apply for this program
  • Their profile will be evaluated based on points and will be placed in the applicant pool
  • Applicants with the highest points are sent invitations to apply for PR
  • Annual Immigration Level determine the number of ITAs that can be issued
Documents Required
  • Valid passport
  • Proof of age
  • Identity proof
  • Certificates to support your educational qualifications
  • IELTS scorecard with the valid score
  • Certificates to prove medical fitness
  • Police clearance certificate
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Express Entry Draws in 2021
Total IRCC draws in 2021 so far: 38
Total ITAs in 2021 so far: 111,265
Sl. No. Draw No. Invited Date of Draw Time of Draw CRS cut-off ITAs issued Tie-breaking rule applied
1 #171 PNP 6-Jan-21 14:39:02 UTC CRS 813 250 November 2, 2020 at 11:11:52 UTC
2 #172 CEC 7-Jan-21 14:15:32 UTC CRS 461 4,750 September 12, 2020 at 20:46:32 UTC
3 #173 PNP 20-Jan-21 14:13:12 UTC CRS 741 374 September 5, 2020 at 19:39:04 UTC
4 #174 CEC 21-Jan-21 14:22:20 UTC CRS 454 4,626 July 23, 2020 at 17:32:00 UTC
5 #175 PNP 10-Feb-21 14:31:18 UTC CRS 720 654 August 14, 2020 at 06:51:00 UTC
6 #176 CEC 13-Feb-21 11:56:56 UTC CRS 75 27,332 September 12, 2020 at 15:31:40 UTC
7 #177 PNP 8-Mar-21 13:53:21 UTC CRS 739 671 February 16, 2021 at 19:10:25 UTC
8 #178 PNP 17-Mar-21 11:49:48 UTC CRS 682 183 March 04, 2021 at 16:56:20 UTC
9 #179 CEC 18-Mar-21 11:30:56 UTC CRS 449 5,000 February 19, 2021 at 15:59:57 UTC
10 #180 PNP 31-Mar-21 11:21:22 UTC CRS 778 284 March 16, 2021 at 16:09:32 UTC
11 #181 CEC 1-Apr-21 11:04:53 UTC CRS 432 5,000 February 16, 2021 at 09:51:22 UTC
12 #182 PNP 14-Apr-21 11:01:51 UTC CRS 753 266 March 01, 2021 at 15:22:18 UTC
13 #183 CEC 16-Apr-21 21:35:52 UTC CRS 417 6,000 March 01, 2021 at 19:53:46 UTC
14 #184 PNP 28-Apr-21 11:00:02 UTC CRS 717 381 March 16, 2021 at 21:20:50 UTC
15 #185 CEC 29-Apr-21 10:34:05 UTC CRS 400 6000 April 24, 2021 at 15:24:49 UTC
16 #186 PNP 12-May-21 10:28:53 UTC CRS 752 557 April 29, 2021 at 10:18:12 UTC
17 #187 CEC 13-May-21 16:50:04 UTC CRS 401 4,147 April 29, 2021 at 11:48:14 UTC
18 #188 CEC 20-May-21 10:10:54 UTC CRS 397 1,842 April 24, 2021 at 12:09:24 UTC
19 #189 PNP 26-May-21 10:41:44 UTC CRS 731 500 April 06, 2021 at 09:50:14 UTC
20 #190 CEC 31-May-21 13:19:23 UTC CRS 380 5,956 May 31, 2021 at 13:19:23 UTC
21 #191 PNP 9-Jun-21 13:16:30 UTC CRS  711 940 February 16, 2021 at 09:06:30 UTC
22 #192 CEC 10-Jun-21 05:45:14 UTC CRS 368 6,000 April 28, 2021 at 05:45:14 UTC
23 #193 PNP 23-Jun-21 15:41:38 UTC CRS 742 1,002 February 18, 2021 at 04:04:56 UTC
24 #194 CEC 24-Jun-21 14:39:59 UTC CRS 357 6,000 February 17, 2021 at 10:15:50 UTC
25 #195 PNP 7-Jul-21 13:17:37 UTC CRS 760 627 June 14, 2021 at 07:44:05 UTC
26 #196 CEC 8-Jul-21 14:02:45 UTC CRS 369 4,500 June 10, 2021 at 22:46:37 UTC
27 #197 PNP 21-Jul-21 13:01:45 UTC CRS 734 462 April 11, 2021 at 10:56:32 UTC
28 #198 CEC 22-Jul-21 14:02:32 UTC CRS 357 4,500 February 14, 2021 at 09:04:15 UTC
29 #199 CEC 4-Aug-21 14:02:32 UTC CRS 357 512  
30 #200 CEC 5-Aug-21 14:02:32 UTC CRS 357 3,000  
31 #201 CEC 18-Aug-21 14:02:32 UTC CRS 357 463  
32 #202 CEC 19-Aug-21 14:02:32 UTC CRS 357 3,000  
33 #203 CEC 1-Sep-21     635  
34 #204 CEC 14-Sep-21     2000  
35 #205 CEC 15-Sep-21     521  
36 #206 CEC 29-Sep-21     761  
37 #207 CEC 13-Oct-21 13:13:38 UTC CRS 720 681 March 16, 2021 at 07:53:28 UTC
38 #208 CEC 27-Oct-21 13:32:26 UTC CRS 744 888 October 7, 2021 at 16:38:21 UTC
39 #209 CEC 10-Nov-21 13:32:26 UTC CRS 744 775 November 7, 2021 at 16:38:21 UTC
40 #210 CEC 24-Nov-21 13:32:26 UTC CRS 744 613 November 7, 2021 at 16:38:21 UTC
What is the Express Entry application process?

Step 1: Create your Express Entry profile

As a first step, you will have to create your online Express Entry profile. The profile should include credentials that include age, work experience, education, language skills, etc. Based on these points your profile will be given a score.

If you have the required score, which is 67 out of 100, you will be eligible for the immigration program.

Step 2: Complete your ECA

If you have done your education outside Canada, you should complete an Educational Credentials Assessment or ECA. This is to prove that your educational qualifications are equal to those awarded by the Canadian education system.

Step 3: Complete your language ability tests

You should take the required English language proficiency tests. You should score a minimum of 8 bands in IELTS. Your test score should be less than 2 years old at the time of application.

You will gain extra points if you know French. To prove your proficiency in French, you can give a French language test like the Test de evaluation de Francians (TEF).

Step 4: Calculate your CRS score

The profiles in the Express Entry pool are ranked based on the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score. Factors such as age, work experience, adaptability, etc. determine your CRS score. Your profile gets included in the Express Entry pool if you have the required CRS score.

Step 5: Get your Invitation to Apply (ITA)

If you have the required points you will get an Invitation to Apply (ITA). The IRCC conducts a draw on a regular basis where it identifies applicants with a high score and sends invitations to apply for permanent residency.

Step 6: Submit your application

The next step is to submit your application with all the required documents. This includes medical and police clearance certificates. You will need to provide your biometrics along with your application fees.

Step 7: Attend the interview

Once your documents go through the mandatory examination, you will be asked to attend an interview at the embassy or consulate.

Step 8: Receive confirmation of PR visa

For PR applications under the Express Entry system, the average time taken to process you visa will be six months. If your application is approved, you will receive a confirmation of permanent residence or COPR from the government. You must carry this with you when you arrive in Canada to claim your PR visa.

How do you get an ITA?

For skilled individuals wishing to migrate to Canada, the country offers the Express Entry system to apply for permanent residence. If you have the required points for eligibility which is 67 points at present, you can make your application through the Express Entry system.

The next step is to score the required points in the Comprehensive Ranking system to get an invitation to apply or ITA for Canada PR visa under the Express Entry immigration program. The CRS is a merit-based points system where points are given to candidates based on certain factors. Every applicant in the Express Entry system is assigned a CRS score out of 1200 points and if he scores highest points under the CRS, he will get an ITA for the PR visa. The CRS score keeps changing with every Express Entry draw which is held approximately every two weeks by the Canadian government.

When you apply under the Express Entry system, you would like to know about the factors that will determine your CRS score.

The CRS score has four important factors. Your profile will be given a score based on these factors.

The CRS score factors include:

· Human capital factors

· Spouse or common-law partner factors

· Skill transferability

· Additional points

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