How long does it take to Immigrate to Canada through Express Entry?

Posted by Nationwide Immigration Services on June 24th, 2022

The Canadian government organises and processes applications for skilled professionals who want to immigrate to Canada and get Canadian permanent residence status through the internet system known as Express Entry. Three major government economic programmes are managed under the system:

  1. Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP)
  2. Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP)
  3. Canadian Experience Class (CEC)

Express Entry candidates must have a university or college degree, relevant work experience, and a moderate level of English and/or French language ability. Candidates must also be eligible for one of the three federal programmes in order to submit a profile through the Express Entry system.

Generally speaking, to be eligible to apply to Express Entry as a skilled worker, you must have at least one year of continuous full-time (or equivalent part-time) work experience in a skilled occupation, be able to demonstrate on an approved language test that you have attained a minimum of Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 7 in either English or French, and have completed post-secondary education that is evaluated against Canadian standards with an Education Credential.

These are the minimal requirements for submitting an application as a skilled worker to Canada's Express Entry system. Even if you fulfil these qualifications, you may not be invited to apply for Canada PR Visa. Candidates with stronger profiles are almost always chosen above those who only satisfy the minimum requirements.

How long does an Express Entry application process take?

Express Entry can be processed through within 6 months from the time the Express Entry profile is submitted until a permanent resident visa is granted. Not every case will, however, progress this fast. If you do not get an invitation to apply, your Express Entry profile will stay active in the candidate pool for a year. You are welcome to resubmit your profile and continue to be in the pool if after a year you have not gotten an invitation.

Processing times will range according to the following factors:

  • the stream of immigration selected and its application process
  • If the application is completed and submitted timely
  • If all the verification process is done timely
  • how long it takes you to reply to inquiries or issues, in addition to other things
  • The applicant has 60 days from the time they receive an ITA to submit all required documentation.

 How are points for Express Entry determined?

The Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score is typically meant when people talk about Canada's Express Entry points. Candidates in the Express Entry pool are ranked in Canada based on the CRS score and a number of characteristics, such as:

  • Age
  • Educational degrees
  • English or French language proficiency;
  • Foreign and Canadian work experience
  • Spouse factors;
  • Prior connections to Canada

Candidates must first earn at least 67 points on the FSW eligibility points grid in order to submit an application under the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP). An FSW candidate or any other Express Entry applicant will be given a CRS score once they are added to the Express Entry pool. All applicants in the Express Entry pool are compared to one another using the CRS score in Canada. The Canadian government holds Express Entry draws every two weeks or so, with a minimal CRS score cut-off. An invitation to apply for permanent residence in Canada will be sent to pool participants whose CRS score is higher than the cut-off.

What is the cost required to apply for an Express Entry application?

Express Entry charges around ,300 CAD for a single applicant and ,500 CAD for a couple to immigrate to Canada. The breakdown of expenses consists of:

  • Language tests: Average cost – 0
  • Educational Credential Assessment (ECA): Average cost – 0
  • Biometrics: /person
  • Government fees: ,325/adult & 5/child
  • Medical examination fees: average cost – 0/adult & 0/child
  • Police clearance certificates: average cost – 0/country

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