Canada Express Entry Guide: Fast-Track Your Migration To Canada In 2022

For all those looking to migrate to Canada, we have good news for you!

Express Entry is resuming in July and Canada is planning to welcome 1.3 million immigrants in the next three years. Known for its multiculturalism, thriving economy, natural beauty, and world-class education system, Canada is one of the most sought after destinations for immigrants.

How to migrate to Canada?

There are a number of Canadian immigration programs available for a permanent residence visa. The most popular among these programs is Express Entry Program (EE). Canada plans to welcome 110,000 Express Entry immigrants per year by 2024. 

The processing time of Express Entry Program is super fast and it is one of the most sought after Canada Immigration programs.

How do I apply for Express Entry Program?

Express entry is one of the easiest and straight-forward ways to migrate to Canada. It is a two-step process. The first step is to submit the initial application which requires a list of documents.

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Once your profile is submitted, you receive an ITA (Invitation To Apply) for Canadian permanent residence based on your Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score. You will then be required to submit a more substantial application that includes reference letters, police clearance certificates, and results of a medical examination.

How will I know if I am eligible for any of the express entry programs?

If you are a skilled worker, you can apply for any of the Express Entry programs if: 

  • You have at least one year (full time or equivalent part-time) of work experience in a skilled occupation, in the last 10 years.
  • You are able to demonstrate language proficiency (English or French) on an approved language test.
  • You have completed post-secondary education that is assessed against Canadian standards with an Education Credential Assessment.

Please note that the above requirements are the minimum to be able to apply to Canada’s Express Entry system as a skilled worker. Having all these boxes checked would not ensure an invitation to apply for Canadian permanent residence. Candidates with higher CRS score or stronger profiles will always be selected over candidates that simply meet the minimum requirement.

How is Express Entry CRS score calculated?

Your CRS score is a crucial deciding factor in the express entry draw. Express Entry points or Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score is used to rank candidates in the Express Entry pool. 

Want to get an estimate of your score, use our CRS calculator.

My Express Entry CRS score is less. How can I increase it? 

There are a number of ways in which you can improve your CSR score:

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1. Retake your IELTS exam or try CELPIP instead 

Improving your IELTS/CELPIP score is the number one way to increase your points. A good language proficiency test result can fetch you up to 160 points.

The minimum language proficiency test score is 7 by Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) under the Federal Skilled Worker program, which is at least 6.0 on each language ability on the IELTS. Scoring a CLB 9 in all language abilities can get you up to 260 Express Entry points. You can also try taking CELPIP. 

Here is a comprehensive guide on IELTS to help you get started.

2. Work Experience 

Your work experience is a big part of calculating your Express Entry CRS score. 

Canada Immigration Pro Tip: If your work experience is less or you are not eligible for Express Entry, try migrating to Canada as a student or on temporary work visa. Canadian experience can open up a lot more Canadian immigration options for you.

3. Spousal Points

Your spouse can improve your express entry score by retaking the language proficiency test. Also, if you and your spouse or partner are both strong candidates, you can prepare two applications and submit to the Express Entry pool by listing each other as accompanying. That way you have double chances of success!

4. Job offer 

An eligible job offer can add 50 to 100 extra points to your express entry profile which can considerably increase your chances in the express entry draw. 

But do you always need a job offer to migrate to Canada? The answer is No. Here are some Canadian immigration programs that can get you an ITA even if you do not already have a job lined up in Canada.

5. Provincial Nomination

You get an additional 600 points if you receive a nomination from a province. This is a completely separate process but qualifying for a provincial nomination program can increase your chances of express entry. 

Read everything you need to know about Provincial Nominee Program.

6. Study

A short program like a one-year post-secondary certificate could fetch you a lot of points. Canadian educational credentials are highly valued in the Express Entry pool. 

7. Hiring a Licensed Immigration Consultant

Having an immigration expert prepare your express entry application can significantly increase your chances of being eligible for express entry programs.

Wondering if having a Licensed Consultant is the right pathway for you?

Here are the four benefits and all the necessary information you need to have on Licensed Immigration Consultants.

Here are the 7 red flags to look out for before hiring a consultant in Canada.

How long does Express Entry take?

In order to apply for permanent residency, Express Entry requires as little as 3-6 months to be completed. Sadly there is no guarantee that every case will go smoothly. Your Express Entry profile remains in the candidate’s database for twelve months unless you do not receive a call to submit an application. 

After 12 months, if you have not received an invitation to apply, you may submit a re-submission and continue with pooling. 

Where can I get consultation for my Canada PR application?

You have landed at just the right place because at Keel, we provide you end-to-end assistance and work hard to make your Canada dream come true. 

Our army of Licensed Consultants help you every step of your Canada PR journey and increase your chances of success manifold. Our immigration experts come up with the best Express entry program  for you and guide you how  best you can improve your CRS score further. 

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