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Express Entry Program for Canada

Express Entry is an online system used by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to manage and process applications for skilled workers who want to become permanent residents of Canada through three of Canada’s federal economic immigration programs for skilled workers:

It is a competitive immigration system, ranking all eligible candidates against one another based on their age, education, language proficiency, work experience & other factors and then inviting the high-ranking candidates to apply for Canadian permanent residence through regular draws.

Eligibility Requirements

In order to eligible to apply under Express Entry Program, the applicant must:

  • have a minimum 1 year of continuous work experience in the last 10 years in the skill level O, A or B under the National Occupational Classification (NOC) list;
  • meet or exceed the minimum language threshold of Canadian language benchmark (CLB) as per the program requirement;
  • hold a Canadian educational credential equivalent to high school or a foreign educational credential along with an educational credential assessment (ECA) report must be provided from a designated agency.

How Express Entry works

  1. Determine Eligibility in one of the three economic immigration programs: Potential applicants will need to be eligible for one of the three immigration programs in Express Entry to get into the pool.
  2. Create an Express Entry profile: Eligible candidates are required to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) by creating a profile in Express Entry portal summarizing their skills and credentials including Age, Education, Language, Work Experience, and others.

Providing valid language test results and ECA report are mandatory to submit with the application.

Following submission, eligible candidates are entered into a pool of applicants, where Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) will be automatically applicable and applicants will be ranked on a scale of 1200 points. The higher a candidate’s CRS score, the higher the likelihood they will receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA).

Job bank

Candidates in the Express Entry pool can create an account on the Canada Job Bank, which eligible Canadian employers can use to find skilled foreign nationals and offer them a position.

If you claim a full-time Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) approved job offer under Express Entry, you can now get:

  • 200 CRS points for NOC 00 jobs
  • 50 CRS points for any other NOC 0, A and B jobs
  1. Receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA): IRCC conducts Express Entry draws at regular intervals usually every two weeks and invites candidates above a certain rank to apply for Canadian permanent residence.
  2. Submit application for permanent residence to IRCC: Candidates, who receive Invitations to Apply (ITAs), are given 60 days to submit a complete online application for permanent residence. In this application, candidates will have to provide extensive personal information along with supporting documentation.

How Express Entry profile points determined

Candidates are given a score to determine their place in the express entry pool using a Comprehensive Ranking System.  Your Express Entry profile will get points based on:

  • Your age;
  • Your education level;
  • Your abilities in English and/or French (Canada’s 2 official languages);
  • Your work experience and skills;
  • If you have a job offer in Canada;
  • your spouse’s education, language abilities and work experience; and
  • Combination of above factors.

Additional points are also awarded if you have completed a college or university program in Canada or if you have a provincial nomination.

Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) Score 

Provincial Nominee Programs aligned with Express Entry

With an aim to attract highly skilled immigrants and deal with labour market needs, many of Canada’s provinces and territories have provincial nominee immigration streams linked to Federal Express Entry.

While a nomination from one of Canada’s Provinces is not necessary to enter the Express Entry pool or receive an ITA, it can increase an applicant’s CRS score by 600 points, eventually enabling him/her receive an ITA quickly.

There have been a number of active Express Entry-aligned PNP streams that are quite popular and can open, fill, or change without notice.

Province Program
·         Saskatchewan International Skilled Worker – Saskatchewan Express Entry
·         Ontario Ontario Express Entry: Human Capital Priorities Stream
·         Alberta The Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP)

Express Entry Stream

·         The New Brunswick* The Express Entry Labour Market Stream (EELMS)
·         Prince Edward Island PEI PNP Express Entry
·         Newfoundland and Labrador* The Newfoundland Express Entry Skilled Worker stream
·         British Columbia* Express Entry BC Skilled Worker
·         Manitoba The Manitoba Immigrant Nominee Program (MPNP – Federal Express Entry pathway
·         Nova Scotia* Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry
·         Northwest Territories* Northwest Territories Nominee Program (NTNP) – Express Entry
·         Yukon* Yukon Nominee Program (YNP) – Express Entry

 

*Some of the provinces require application to have a job offer to be eligible to apply while others do not.

Details of Express Entry Draws conducted so far:

 

Express-Entry-Draws-2020

Express Entry Draws: 2020

Draw No Draw Date CRS Cut Off ITAs Issued
168 25-November-2020 469 (*All-program draw) 5,000
167 18-November-2020 472 (*All-program draw) 5,000
166 5-November-2020 478 (*All-program draw) 4,500
165 14-October-2020 471 (*All-program draw) 4,500
164 30-September-2020 471 (*All-program draw) 4,200
163 16-September-2020 472 (*All-program draw) 4,200
162 2-September-2020 475 (*All-program draw) 4,200
161 20-August-2020 454 (*Canadian Experience Class) 3,300
160 19-August-2020 771 (*Provincial Nominee Class) 600
159 6-August-2020 415 (*Federal Skilled Trades) 250
158 5-August-2020 476 (*all-program draw) 3,900
157 23-July-2020 445 (*Canadian Experience Class only) 3,343
156 22-July-2020 687 (*Provincial nominees only) 557
155 8-July-2020 478 3,900
154 25-June-2020 431 *Canadian Experience Class only 3,508
153 24-June-2020 696 *Provincial nominees only 392
152 11-June-2020 437 *Canadian Experience Class only 3,559
151 10-June-2020 743 *Provincial nominees only 341
150 28-May-2020 440 *Canadian Experience Class only 3,515
149 27-May-2020 757 *Provincial nominees only 385
148 15-May-2020 447 *Canadian Experience Class only 3,371
147 14-May-020 718 *Provincial nominees only 529
146 1-May-2020 452 *Canadian Experience Class only 3,311
145 29-April-2020 692 *Provincial Nominees only 589
144 16-April-2020 808 *Canadian Experience Class (CEC)only 3,782
143 15-April-2020 808 *Provincial Nominees only 118
142 9-April-2020 464 *Canadian Experience Class only 3,294
141 9-April-2020 698 *Provincial Nominees only 606
138 4-March-2020 471 3,900
137 19-February-2020 470 4,500
136 5-February-2020 472 3,500
135 22-January-2020 471 3,400
134 8-January-2020 473 3,400

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Express Entry Draws: 2019

Draw No Draw Date CRS Cut Off ITAs Issued
133 19-December-2019 463 3200
132 11-December-2019 472 3200
131 27-November-2019 471 3600
130 13-November-2019 472 3600
129 30-October-2019 475 3900
128 16-October-2019 357 (*Federal Skilled Trades candidates only) 500
127 2-October-2019 464 3900
126 18-September-2019 462 3600
125 4-September-2019 463 3600
124 20-August-2019 457 3600
123 12-August-2019 466 3600
122 24-July-2019 459 3600
121 10-July-2019 460 3600
120 26-June-2019 462 3350
119 12-June-2019 465 3350
118 29-May- 2019 470 3350
117 15-May- 2019 332(*Federal Skilled Trades candidates only) 500
116 1-May- 2019 450 3350
115 17-April- 2019 451 3350
114 3-April- 2019 451 3350
113 20-March- 2019 452 3350
112 6-March- 2019 454 3350
111 20-Feb- 2019 457 3350
110 30-Jan- 2019 438 3350
109 23-Jan- 2019 443 3900
108 10-Jan- 2019 441 3,500

Express-Entry-Draws-2018

Express Entry Draws: 2018

Draws Draw Date CRS Cut Off ITAs Issued
107 19 December 2018 439 3900
106 12 December 2018 445 3900
105 28 November 2018 445 3900
104 15 November 2018 449 3900
103 29 October 2018 442 3900
102 15 October 2018 440 3900
101 3 October  2018 445 3900
100 24 September, 2018 284 (*Federal Skilled Trades candidates only) 400
99 19 September, 2018 441 3,500
98 5 September, 2018 440 3,900
97 22 August, 2018 440 3,750
96 8 August, 2018 440 3,750
95 25 July, 2018 441 3,750
94 11 July, 2018 442 3,750
93 25 June, 2018 442 3,750
92 13 June, 2018 451 3,750
91 30 May, 2018 902 (*Provincial nominee programs only)
288 (*Federal Skilled Trades candidates only)
700
90 23 May, 2018 440 3,500
89 9 May, 2018 441 3,500
88 25 April, 2018 441 3,500
87 11 April, 2018 444 3,500
86 26 March, 2018 446 3,000
85 14 March, 2018 456 3,000
84 21 February, 2018 442 3,000
83 7 February, 2018 442 3,000
82 24 January, 2018 444 2,750
81 10 January, 2018 446 2,750

Express-Entry-Draws-2017

Express Entry Draws: 2017

Draws Draw Date CRS Cut Off ITAs Issued
80 20 December, 2017 446 2,750
79 6 December, 2017 452 2,750
78 15 November, 2017 439 2,750
77 8 November, 2017 458 2,000
76 November 1, 2017 241 (*Federal Skilled Trades candidates only) 505
75 November 1, 2017 673 (*Provincial nominee programs only) 290
74 18 October, 2017 436 2,757
73 4 October, 2017 438 2,801
72 20 September, 2017 433 2,871
71 6 September, 2017 435 2,772
70 23 August, 2017 434 3,035
69 9 August, 2017 433 2,991
68 2 August, 2017 441 3,264
67 12 July, 2017 440 3,202
66 28 June, 2017 449 3,409
65 31 May, 2017 413 3,877
64 26 May, 2017 199 (*Federal Skilled Trades candidates only) 400
63 26 May, 2017 775 (*Provincial nominee programs only) 143
62 17 May, 2017 415 3,687
61 4 May, 2017 423 3,796
60 19 April, 2017 415 3,665
59 12 April, 2017 423 3,923
58 5 April, 2017 431 3,753
57 24 March, 2017 441 3,749
56 1 March, 2017 434 3,884
55 22 February, 2017 441 3,611
54 8 February, 2017 447 3,664
53 25 January, 2017 453 3,508
52 11 January, 2017 459 3,334
51 4 January, 2017 468 2,902

Express Entry Draws: 2016

Express Entry Draws: 2016

Draws Draw Date CRS Cut Off ITAs Issued
50 22 December, 2016 475 2,878
49 16 December, 2016 497 1,936
48 30 November, 2016 786 (*Provincial Nominee Programs only) 559
47 16 November, 2016 470 2,427
46 2 November, 2016 472 2,080
45 19 October, 2016 475 1,804
44 12 October, 2016 484 1,518
43 21 September, 2016 483 1,288
42 7 September, 2016 491 1,000
41 24 August, 2016 538 750
40 10 August, 2016 490 754
39 27 July, 2016 488 755
38 13 July, 2016 482 747
37 29 June, 2016 482 773
36 15 June, 2016 488 752
35 1 June, 2016 483 762
34 18 May, 2016 484 763
33 6 May, 2016 534 799
32 20 April, 2016 468 1,018
31 6 April, 2016 470 954
30 23 March, 2016 470 1,014
29 9 March, 2016 473 1,013
28 24 February, 2016 453 1,484
27 10 February, 2016 459 1,505
26 24 January, 2016 457 1,468
25 13 January, 2016 453 1,518
24 6 January, 2016 461 1,463

Express Entry Draws: 2015

Express Entry Draws: 2015

Draws Draw Date CRS Cut Off ITAs Issued
23 18 December, 2015 460 1,503
22 4 December, 2015 461 1,451
21 27 November, 2015 472 1,559
20 13 November, 2015 484 1,506
19 23 October, 2015 489 1,502
18 2 October, 2015 450 1,530
17 18 September, 2015 450 1,545
16 8 September, 2015 459 1,517
15 21 August, 2015 456 1,523
14 7 August, 2015 471 1,402
13 17 July, 2015 451 1,581
12 10 July, 2015 463 1,516
11 26 June, 2015 469 1,575
10 17 June, 2015 482 1,501
9 22 May, 2014 755 1,361
8 17 April, 2015 453 715
7 11 April, 2015 469 925
6 27 March, 2015 453 1,637
5 20 March, 2015 481 1,620
4 27 Feb, 2015 735 1,187
3 20 Feb, 2015 808 (*Canadian Experience Class only) 849
2 7 Feb, 2015 818 779
1 31 Jan, 2015 886 779

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