Canada Express Entry Program

Ever wonder how millions of people, including our Pakistanis, are immigrating to Canada? The answer to that question is by using programs like the Express Entry Program.
Yes, the Express Entry system is one of the many ways through which you can successfully immigrate to Canada from Pakistan.
Unfortunately, everyone on the internet has made it so hard for people to understand more about this system and how it works.
A lot of people end up struggling and miss their chances of immigrating to Canada, due to their increasing age over time.
We don’t want that to happen to you too.
This is why we, at SUN, will try to share with you everything there is about the Canadian Express Entry Program in this article.
Let’s get started.

What is Canada Express Entry Program?

Express Entry is a system that Canada uses to take in skilled workers from all over the world who wish to immigrate to Canada.
This program is for those skilled workers who have foreign work experience and want to immigrate to Canada to work there.
Express Entry is the primary source of bringing in professionals from all over the world to Canada.
It is one of the most popular immigration programs in the world.

How Does Canada Express Entry Program Work?

Express Entry is a points-based system that assigns points to each applicant’s profile based on factors that include age, work experience, and language proficiency, among a few others.
Initially, your profile is evaluated from a total of 100 points. This is through the federal skilled worker program (FSW).
Your profile is evaluated on the basis of:
Language skills (maximum 28 points)
Canada looks for people who can easily communicate with others in the country when you move there.
Therefore, it is required to have a good IELTS test score in order to qualify for immigration using the Express Entry program.
The higher your score, the more points you get out of the total 28 points in this category.
Education (maximum 25 points)
Canada also looks for people with a good educational background.
The more education you have, the better your points out of 25.
Work experience (maximum 15 points)
You also need to have been working in your country of residence.
This shows that you are a good worker who can contribute well to the Canadian economy.
The more your work experience, the better.
Age (maximum 12 points)
Canada wants people that are somewhat young and who can contribute to its economy. Young people are also better equipped to settle in Canada.
If your age is between 18 to 35, you get the most points.
People aged 35+ are then given fewer points.
Arranged employment in Canada (maximum 10 points)
If you have a valid job offer that is at least 1 year in duration from Canada, you get more points for your profile.
Adaptability (maximum 10 points)
Based on how easily you may settle in Canada, you are awarded these points.
Your adaptability is judged on the basis of work experience in Canada, studies in Canada, and relatives in Canada amongst other factors.
Those who score 67 points or more out of 100 are then moved to the Express Entry pool.
Those who score less than 67 points are not qualified for immigration.
Once you are in the Express Entry pool, your profile is evaluated based on another scoring system called the Comprehensive Ranking System or CRS.
This system scores your profile out of 1,200 total points.
Here, you are given the points due to a lot of factors including age, work experience, adaptability, language proficiency, job offer, etc.
To get the idea of how points are awarded using this system, we’ve done the research for you and have all the numbers as of March 11, 2020:
If you are not applying with your spouse/ common-law partner, there are:

  • Core human capital (500 points)
  • Skill transferability (100 points)
  • Additional factors that include an offer of arranged employment, Canadian study experience, a provincial nomination, French/English language capabilities, and a sibling in Canada (600 points)

If you are applying with your spouse/ common-law partner, there are:

  • Core human capital (460 points)
  • Core human capital of the common-law partner/ spouse (40 points)
  • Skill transferability (100 points)
  • Additional factors that include an offer of arranged employment, Canadian study experience, a provincial nomination, French/English language capabilities, and a sibling in Canada (600 points)

If you are good at speaking French, you may get additional points as well.
Applicants with higher points in the Express Entry pool are then invited to apply for permanent residence within 60 days of invitation.
Everyone can check the lowest number in the pool to get the idea of where they stand and how many more points they need in order to get invited.
This is how the Canadian Express Entry Program works.
Now that we’re done with how the system works and are aware of all the Express Entry requirements, let’s look into the step-by-step process of immigrating through the Express Entry program.

Canada Express Entry Process – Step by Step:

You may have got the idea of it all, but let’s document the process for those who are finding it hard to understand it.
Step 1 – Eligibility:
First of all, you need to check whether you qualify for the federal skilled worker program or not.
As mentioned, if you score above 67 points, you are able to apply.
Step 2 – Documentation:
After that, you need all your documents ready for the process.
Documents like educational documents, work-related documents, language test documents, etc. are some of the documents you may need to process your application.
Step 3 – Submission:
Next up, you need to submit your Express Entry profile to give your information to the Canadian government.
If you are eligible, you will be added to the pool of thousands of other applicants to compete with.
Step 4 – Apply:
If your points are higher than the lowest number of the pool’s draw, you will get an invitation to apply for Canadian Permanent Residence.
You will need to apply within 60 days of the invitation.
This is all there is about the Express Entry program.
Even though the process looks simple, you may end up making a mistake that ultimately leads to the refusal of your application.
Also, after a refusal, your chances of immigrating to Canada get lower.
We don’t want that to happen to you.
This is why we at Sun want to help you like we’ve helped thousands of others to successfully immigrate to Canada from Pakistan.
Feel free to reach out to us if there’s anything you need help with related to immigration and visas.
Sun will be glad to look into your case and help you with it.


1.What is an Express Entry profile?

It is an online system for Canadian immigration. Canadian government officials use it to allocate points to individuals to invite them to apply for immigration. Points are based on criterions such as the applicant’s skills, work experience, language ability, education, and other factors. Completed applications are then pooled together with other applications.

2. What is the Comprehensive Ranking System?

There are up to 1200 points total available under the system for a candidate’s core human capital and skill transferability factors. Up to 600 points are awarded if an applicant receives a provincial nomination.

3. How can someone be eligible to apply?

Through the Federal Skilled Worker (FSW) program, applicants need to score at least 67 points initially. Points are awarded for factors such as age, education, work experience, language skills, adaptability, and an offer of employment. Candidates are then awarded points for their Express Entry profile. Through the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP), Canadian provinces or territories nominate candidates.

4. What does an Invitation to Apply (ITA) mean?

An ITA means that the applicant has been selected from the pool of other candidates. A candidate who receives an ITA will have to submit further documentation for the points they initially claimed.

5. Is there any work experience required?

Yes, the candidate must have one-year of full-time, or equivalent part-time, work experience in an occupation that has a National Occupation Classification (NOC) code of skill type A, B, 0, and C.

6. How long does a candidate have to apply if he or she receives an ITA for permanent residence?

From the moment the candidate is issued an ITA, he/she has 60 days to submit a complete electronic application with all the supporting documentation.

7. Are candidates required to get an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA)?

An ECA is required for candidates in the Express Entry pool unless they received their post-secondary education in Canada.

8. Does the applicant’s spouse need to get an ECA done?

It is not mandatory for the applicant’s spouse to get an ECA done but it is recommended.

9. Does the applicant’s spouse need to give their language test results?

It is not mandatory for the spouse to give his/her language test results but this is recommended.

10. How long does a candidate’s profile remain in the Express Entry pool?

Each profile remains in the Express Entry pool for 12 months. If after 12 months a candidate wishes to remain in the pool, he/she must create a new profile.

11. Once an applicant has applied being invited to apply for permanent residence, how long will the entire process take?

The Average time is 6 months from the date of submission.

12. After getting my passport request, is there a time limit to when I can enter Canada?

The applicant and accompanying family members must land before their medical expires, which is 1 year after it was administered.

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Express Entry Update!

In the latest update, Canada has introduced category-based selection for Express Entry rounds of invitations for 2023. This means that candidates who meet specific eligibility criteria in the following occupations identified by the Minister will be invited to apply for permanent residence through the Express Entry Federal Program;

  1. French-language proficiency (for all occupations)
  2. Healthcare occupations,
  3. Science,
  4. Technology,
  5. Engineering and
  6. Math occupations,
  7. Trade occupations,
  8. Transport occupations,
  9. Agriculture occupations,
  10. Agri-food occupations.

For candidates with occupations outside of these categories, Canada will continue to invite individuals with a provincial nomination through Provincial Nominee Program-specific rounds. These candidates have demonstrated their skills, education, and work experience that can contribute to the economy of the specific province.