Express Entry (Federal Skilled Workers Program)

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Express Entry (Federal Skilled Workers Program)


Express Entry is an online system that Citizenship and Immigration Canada uses to manage applications online for permanent residence. This program is tailored for prospective candidates who express their interest in coming to Canada as a skilled foreign worker and live permanently.

Step 1: Find out if you’re eligible.

You can check your eligibility online through our website or by taking an appointment with one of our account managers for consultation and eligibility check.

Step 2: Get your documents ready

We will let you know what documents are needed for your submission. We can also help you acquire and translate documents. Some documents take a long time to get, so you should get them ready now.

Step 3: Submit your Express Entry profile

Candidates who are most likely to succeed in Canada will be ranked in the Express Entry pool using a points-based system. You will be given a score to determine your place in the Express Entry pool; this system includes factors (such as age, language, education and work experience).

Step 4: Receive an invitation and apply for permanent residence Canada

There are regular rounds of invitations to apply for permanent residence sent to candidates in the Express Entry pool. Potential candidates will be invited to apply for permanent residence.
If you get invited to apply, you’ll have 60 days to submit your application for permanent residence.


Technical jobs and skilled trades

Skilled trades for the Federal Skilled Trades Program are organized under the listed below major NOC groups:

  • Industrial, electrical and construction trades.
  • Maintenance and equipment operation trades.
  • Supervisors and technical jobs in natural resources, agriculture and
    related production.
  • Processing, manufacturing and utilities supervisors and central
    control operators.
  • Chefs and cooks.
  • Butchers and bakers.

The major NOC groups are subdivided into different occupations.
You must show that you performed all the essential duties listed in each job title to show that your experience meets the description in the Canadian National Occupational Classification (NOC).
You must show that while working in your primary occupation you performed the duties set out in the lead statement of the occupational description in the NOC.


Language ability

You must meet the minimum score of Canadian Language Benchmark 5 for speaking and listening, and Canadian Language Benchmark 4 for reading and writing.
Your language tests are valid for 2 years after the date of the test result. They must be valid on the day you apply for permanent residence.

You must take approved language tests in English or French for:

  • Writing
  • Reading
  • Listening
  • Speaking



There is no education requirement for the Federal Skilled Trades Program.


Next Step:

Go through our online assessment.  


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Take steps to get recognition in Canada for your:

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  • Settle.
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Go through our online assessment.