The Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) uses Express Entry stream to handle and process applications received through Canada’s federal economic immigration programs. Applications arrive from eligible candidates who have been invited to apply to immigrate. The government selects them based on their skills, experience, and other factors.

The Express Entry system handles the profiles of applicants in three main federal economic immigration categories: The Federal Skilled Worker Class, The Federal Skilled Trade Class, and The Canadian Experience Class.

To apply for either of the programs, it is preferable that candidates secure themselves with a job offer, though it isn’t required as there are other alternatives. For example, when applying for a Federal Skilled Trade Class, applicants have either to obtain a job offer or provide an official assessment of the skilled trade by one of the provinces or territories.

 What is a CRS About?

All candidates in the Express Entry pool get assessed under a point-based system called the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). The highest score 1,200 consists of main (600 points) and extra points (600).

The IRCC evaluates:

Skills and experience factors;
Spouse or Common-Law factors;

Skills, education, and accreditation of work experience;

Canadian degrees, diplomas or certificates;
A valid job offer;
A nomination from province or territory;
Siblings living in Canada who are citizens or permanent residents;

French language skills. 

Candidates get CRS scores and only those with the highest scores receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for a permanent residence in Canada. In addition, the IRCC notifies applicants on which skilled immigration program they should apply and how to apply for permanent residence.

It is important to keep in mind that ITA doesn’t guarantee that an applicant will be admitted as a permanent resident. When applicants receive an ITA, they should fill out an application for a permanent residence and submit it within 60 days. The application can be accepted or turned down based on the information provided. Therefore, a candidate should review his profile and if necessary, update the information (for example, if he had a job offer, but lost it, he should indicate this in his profile. Other words, it’s very essential the application contains truthful and not any false or outdated information.  

How does the IRCC select candidates for ITAs?

All candidates who submitted their profiles receive a CRS score. Candidates with the highest scores surpass those with the lowest scores. But how to select candidates that have the lowest even scores? So the IRCC is using a tie-breaking rule for applicants with the same lowest score in any profile. However, this rule doesn’t apply to applicants with a score higher than the lowest score selected. For example, Jack applied for the Express Entry on the 15 February 2017, 12:05 p.m. a CRS score of 500. In the meanwhile, Josh scored 500 but submitted his application on the 15 February 2017, 12:04. In this case, Jack will receive an ITA, while Josh will have to wait for the next round of invitations. More about the steps:

Step 1. Evaluating Your Chances

First of all, it is important to determine whether you meet the minimal requirements, at least, for one of the immigration programs. It is possible to do through our visa agency because our immigration lawyers and visa experts stay up-to-date with the latest immigration news.

Your chances pretty much will depend on the Comprehensive Ranking Score (CRS), which will be decisive in determining your eligibility. Applicants receive a score based on their education, work experience, age, etc.

You can fill out the form on Solid Visa and we’ll evaluate your chances. The total score will be compared to the minimum required score. The minimal score in each round of invitations fluctuates. The good news is that the and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) the minimum score requirement, thus making it possible for more number of immigrants to get through.

Step 2. Taking Language Exam

You have to work on brushing the English language to increase a CRS. If you are planning to go under the Skilled Worker Class, then your scores for each language skill shouldn’t be lower than 6.0. Perhaps, you will even need to hit a higher score. Most candidates have to meet a minimum requirement of a Canadian Language Benchmark, which is 9.

Step 3. Evaluating Your Education

If you graduated a university or college outside Canada, then you need to get your education assessed. Solid Visa provides a service of assessment of any foreign credentials. We use our experience and deep knowledge of immigration regulations and criteria. We have worked out the whole network to get in touch with respective agencies providing the best evaluation. For example, it is quite possible that your bachelor degree gets recognized as a Master’s degree which in return adds to the CRS score in the Express Entry system.

Step 4. Getting Confirmation of a Job Experience

Although there’s no extreme need to obtain a Reference letter when you create an Express Entry profile, you will eventually need this document once you get an Invitation to Apply (ITA). Every single work experience in your application must be officially certified. This is why candidates need to accumulate Reference letters from all their Even if there’s no way to get such letters, we can offer alternative ways to fix that.

However, before accumulating necessary documents to confirm your employment activity, you have to match your profession or occupation with the National Occupation Classification (NOC) of Canada; the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) uses NOC to assess your work experience in accordance with Canadian standards.

When creating the Express Entry profile, it is very important that you choose the right NOC code for your occupation. If you indicate a NOC that doesn’t conform to your work experience, your application might be refused or returned to you.

Solid Visa evaluates clients’ employment history to come up with the NOC that meets national standards. Some Provincial Nominee Programs select only those applicants who have work experience in specific NOC codes.

Step 5. Securing Sufficient Funds

To immigrate to Canada, you’ll have to prove you have enough amounts of money to support yourself during your stay in Canada. The required sum varies, depending on which province or territory you are applying to.

Our visa agents can supply you with information regarding the necessary funds on your bank account. If you think to fool the system by taking a credit to put money on your account temporarily, be sure that the Canadian government will ask for a bank statement for the last six months; if it turns out that the money on your account came out of nowhere, you’ll have to convince an immigration officer that they are legal. It means you’ll have to provide evidence of selling your car, apartment, equities and etc. To avoid that, we recommend that you secure funds in advance, for example, putting them on the account of your spouse and top-up the account gradually.

Step 6. Showing the Evidence of Conjugal Cohabitation

If you plan to move to Canada with a spouse or common-law partner – there’s no need for additional steps. However, in case you are immigrating with a partner with whom you are not officially married, then you’ll have to prove the fact of a conjugal living for at least a year.

As for documents which you need to present, Solid Visa assists with that as well. Documents might include joint bank accounts, rental agreement of the apartment which mentions both of you and any other proofs of conjugal living, including pictures from your vacation and letters from friends, which guarantee that you have been living together for 10 years and you are a happy and strong couple.


Steps 1 through 4, have to be made simultaneously. As for the IELTS exam, it usually takes about four months of preparation. Based on our experience, evaluation of credentials normally takes 3-4 months. And Reference Letter also takes a considerable amount of time.

Creating the Express Entry profile requires knowledge, experience, and professionalism. Solid Visa has all the necessary venues to help you guide through the process. It means our lawyers will provide the best appraisal of your education, work experience, and other skills.  

Keep in mind that the beginning of something is half of the story. Don’t postpone your preparations simply because you don’t have the money or because of poor work experience.