Federal Skilled Worker Program - Express Entry

1 Benefits and Advantages of the Program:

  • Faster processing time (6 months or less for most applications)
  • Online application system is fast and convenient
  • There's no limitation to the number of applicants who can apply to the Express Entry Pool and there's no restricted list of occupations/professions, this is suitable for candidates who have a wide variety of skills and experience.
  • High success ratio (it's critical to improve CRS points and submit required documents accurately and completely)
  • The whole family receive permanent residence once the principal applicant is approved.


2 Suitable Groups:

Suitable for younger applicants with higher academic credentials, proficient English or French skills. Older applicants can improve their CRS scores with higher CLB level (e.g. CLB 9) or more work experience.


3 Eligibility Requirements:

  1. Age: no age limit but applicants between the age of 18 and 44 can get CRS award scores of up to a maximum of 110 points.  Maximum score of 100 (applying with spouse or common-law partner) to 110 (applying with spouse or common-law partner) points can be awarded to applicants between the age of 20-29.
  2. Language Ability: must meet the CLB 7 for all 4 language abilities. Need to provide official language test results (valid for 2 years).
  3. Education: there is no education requirement but applicants who have Canadian secondary (high school) or post-secondary credential (or foreign credentials with an ECA which is valid for 5 years) can get CRA award points.
  4. Work Experience: have at least 1 continuous year of full time (1560 total hours or 30 hours/week or equivalent in part-time) paid work experience in the same job within the last 10 years in a NOC 0, A or B occupation
  5. Job Offer: not required but applicants with an pre-arranged employment can get CRS award points.
  6. Adaptability: applicants can get CRS award points if they meet the CRS adaptability criteria.
  7. Proof of Funds: required (amount is based on the applicant's family size) unless the applicant is currently authorized to work in Canada and have a valid offer of arranged employment from an employer in Canada.
  8. Other Requirements: must be admissible to Canada, must pass medical examination, must intend to live outside the province of Quebec, need ECA for foreign credentials.

The following table shows the minimum amount required for the applicant:

(The funds required are determined by the principal applicant’s family size, including both accompanying and non-accompanying dependants, using 50% of the current low income cut‑off (LICO) for applications received on or after April 1, 2019.):

Number of family members

2020 funds required (in Canadian dollars)














For each additional family member, add


4  Application Process:

  • Getting documents ready (e.g. ECA, official language test results)
  • Submitting the Express Entry profile
  • Waiting for an invitation to apply (ITA)
  • Receiving an ITA (valid for 60 days)
  • Submitting complete application for permanent residence
  • Medical exam and permanent residence online application
  • Receiving Confirmation of Permanent Residence (COPR) and PR Visa
  • Landing in Canada and receiving permanent resident card


5 Related Expenses:


Government Fees:

  • Application fee: principal applicant: $1,040 (incl. $550 processing fee and $490 permanent residence fee); spouse or common-law partner: $1,040; dependent children: $150/per child.
  • Expenses reimbursement: actual expenses such as notary, translation, delivery and postage, etc.
  • Medical examination fee and police certificate fee
  • Aladdin Immigration professional service charges (excluding any government or third party charges)