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Canada Express Entry Guide

Express Entry is the major immigration pathway for skilled foreign workers wishing to obtain permanent residence in Canada. Furthermore, Express Entry is a renowned and well developed electronic immigration process that handles millions of permanent residence requests annually.



The Canadian government organizes and processes applications for skilled professionals who want to immigrate to Canada and get Canadian permanent residence status through Express Entry. Additionally, Express Entry has classified Canada's three main economic immigration streams.


Programs Under Express Entry:


Through the streams under the Express Entry, the economic classification of workers is done, as all the skilled workers from all over the world apply for permanent residence under this stream.


Federal Skilled Worker Class (FSW)

For skilled immigrants having work experience and a desire to live permanently in Canada, the Federal Skilled Worker (FSW) Program is primarily designed for them.

At least one year of continuous full-time work or equivalent paid experience in a skilled occupation with a National Occupational Classification (NOC) skill level of 0, A, or B is required;

  • Managerial jobs (skill type 0)

  • Professional careers (skill level A)

  • Technical jobs

  • Skilled trades professions (skill level B)

The candidates with the highest scores in the Express Entry pool are ranked by the Federal Skilled Worker (FSW) using the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS).



Federal Skilled Trades Class (FST)

Technical and highly qualified workers can immigrate to Canada through this stream. One of the requirements for eligibility is having at least two years of full-time work experience in a skilled trade profession within five years of application process.


The applicant must possess two years of continuous, full-time, and skilled work experience in the following National Occupational Classification (NOC) job groups:

  • Major Group 72: Industrial, electrical, and construction trades

  • Major Group 73: Maintenance and equipment operation trades

  • Major Group 82: Supervisors and technical jobs in natural resources, agriculture, and related production

  • Major Group 92: Processing, manufacturing, and utility supervisors and central control operators

  • Minor Group 632: Chefs and cooks

  • Minor Group 633: Butchers and bakers

The applicants should demonstrate that they have performed occupational duties in their prior work experience.


Canadian Experience Class (CEC)

Canadian Experience Class (CEC) is primarily for those immigrants having:

  • Canadian work experience

  • An intention to become Canadian residents

The advantages of this stream are available to immigrants who have worked in Canada or are currently residing there temporarily. Most of the candidates in this stream are either skilled professionals with temporary visas or students who have come to Canada to further their education.


Streams Under Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs)

The ten provinces and three territories of Canada also operate their immigration pathways, whereas this federal Express Entry program is also linked with some provincial immigration programs. The applicants enrolled in the Express Entry program can also be nominated through other provincial nomination programs


Eligibility for Express Entry:

The general requirements for Canada Express Entry include:

  • Skilled Work Experience: The candidate must possess at least one year of continuous and full-time work experience in the past ten years.

  • Canadian Language Benchmark: The candidate must demonstrate proficient skills in either English or French with a CLB 7.

  • Educational Credential Assessment: The candidate must have completed post-secondary education, which should meet the Canadian standards and Educational Credential Assessment.


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