In the latest round of Canada Express Entry Draws, 3,600 newcomers received Invitations To Apply (ITA’s) for permanent residency. That’s 250 ITA’s more than any of the ten all-program Express Entry draws have issued since January 30 this year!

Applicants with Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) scores as low as 459 were successful in their application, which is a one point decrease from the previous draw held two weeks ago.

With CRS cut-off scores decreasing and the number of ITAs increasing as the year progresses, it seems as though more and more applicants are actualizing their dreams of relocating to Canada.

But what is the Express Entry System and how does one apply?

Express Entry System

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The Express Entry system was designed by the Canadian Government to not only assist in streamlining and simplifying the immigration process, but also to help fill the gap in the Canadian labour market with skilled foreigners seeking employment in Canada. There are a number of federal programs that you can choose from to apply for permanent residency, but the best and most popular option by far has to be the Canada Express Entry Draw. By selecting the Express Entry program, you automatically optimize your chances of receiving an ITA to apply for permanent residency. But before we get ahead of ourselves, let's look at how to apply.

How to Apply

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1. Check that you meet the minimum criteria of one of the following Federal Economic Immigration Programs:

  • Federal Skilled Worker Program;
  • Federal Skilled Trades Program; or
  • Canadian Experience Class.

Gather Necessary Documentation

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Applicants will require the following documentation in order to complete their online Express Entry Profile:

Express Entry Requirements
Passport or travel document;
Language Test Results;
Education Credential Assessment Report;
National Occupational Classification(NOC) job title and code;
Police Certificates;
Medical Exams;
Proof of Funds;
Provincial Nomination(Optional but beneficial)
Written Job Offer From A Canadian Employer(Optional but beneficial)

Obtaining a Provincial Nomination means that the immigration system of a specific region has chosen to nominate you for permanent residency based on your Express Entry Profile and the needs of the labour market. This is one of the reasons why so many candidates choose to apply via the Express Entry System as it increases their chances of being selected. However having a provincial nomination gives applicants an even greater chance of success in the Canada Express Entry Draws as they are awarded an extra 600 points to add to their CRS scores, which virtually guarantees an ITA.

3. Create an online Express Entry Profile

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Your online profile should include information such as your qualifications, work experience, education, language ability, and age. All immigartion applicants are awarded points, based on these factors, according to the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). Express Entry candidates however, receive an extra 160 points. Once you have submitted the required information on your profile you will be ranked according to the Comprehensive Ranking System and placed into a pool of candidates. Those with the highest ranking CRS scores will then be notified by Canadian Immigration and receive an Invitation To Apply for permanent residency in as little as 6 months.

4. Job Search


While you're waiting for feedback from the Canada Express Entry Draw you can improve your score and chances of receiving an ITA by creating a Job Match account with Job Bank, a database that helps match applicants with prospective employers looking to hire workers with the relevant skills.

General ways to improve your CRS score includes:

  • Having a valid job offer in Canada;
  • Notifying provinces/territories of your interest in their Provincial Nominee Program;
  • Improving your language score;
  • Improving your education;
  • Gaining relevant work experience.
  • It is also important that you update your profile on a regular basis as false information may result in refusal of application or be deemed inadmissible.

    5. Submit your application for permanent residency

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    If you are successful, you will be required to submit your completed application online within 90 days of receipt of ITA, and can expect it to be processed within 6 months of submission

    With all these options and information at your fingertips, it is understandable that you may feel overwhelmed by the process. But with MDC, our experienced Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants (RCICs) know exactly what it takes to get your visa approved and are ready to assist on your journey. 114,290 Express Entry candidates have already relocated and can now call Canada home, and you could be next. Simply contact us today for your assessment and take the first step in making your dreams of living in Canada a realty.