Information on COVID-19 and Immigration to Canada

Canada Express Entry System


 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 in Express Entry, 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 You Must Know About Express Entry System


 In order to fill out the Express Entry profile, you must meet specific requirements. These include a language requirement, educational credential assessment, finding their National Occupational Classification, proof of funds and, sometimes, the requirement to have a job offer from a Canadian employer.

 If found eligible, your profile will be placed in the Express Entry system, and you will receive a score based on certain factors. Selected candidates will receive an Invitation to Apply for a permanent residence. You'll have 60 calendar days to fill out the profile and submit it.


How Express Entry Works


Express Entry uses points to evaluate and select eligible candidates. The point-based system is known as 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 work
  • Canadian degrees, diplomas or certificates
  • A valid job offer
  • A nomination from a 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, an Express Entry candidate should review his profile and if necessary, update the information.

 Candidates with the highest scores surpass those with the lowest scores. But how to select candidates that have the same lowest scores? As a matter of fact, the IRCC is using a tie-breaking rule for Express Entry 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 15th of February 2017, 12:05 p.m. CRS score of 500. In the meanwhile, Josh scored 500 but submitted his application on the 15th of February 2017, 12:04. In this case, Jack will receive an ITA, while Josh will have to wait for the next round of invitations.


Express Entry Profile Requirements


 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 this 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 evaluation form on SolidVisa 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.


Express Entry - Language Assessment


 You have to work on brushing the English language to increase a CRS. If you are planning to go under the Express Entry 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.


Express Entry - Educational Assessment


 If you graduated from a university or college outside Canada, then you need to get your education assessed. SolidVisa 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.


Express Entry - 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 previous employers. 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.


Express Entry - 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. On the other hand, 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; thus, 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. Consequently, have to provide evidence of selling your car, apartment, equities and etc. For this reason, we recommend that you secure funds in advance, for example, putting them on the account of your spouse and top-up the account gradually.


Express Entry - Proof of Conjugal Cohabitation


 If you plan to move to Canada with a spouse or common-law partner – there’s no need for additional steps in the Express Entry system. 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, SolidVisa 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.


Express Entry in Canadian Provinces


 The Government of Canada has federal immigration programs, including provincial and territorial streams. With this in mind, it's unique as it allows provinces and territories to run their Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) aligned to the Express Entry system in order to attract immigrants who can significantly contribute to a local economy.

Hence, these are the following provinces that run PNPs in the Express Entry system:


  • Alberta Opportunity
  • Farmer Stream
  • Alberta Express Entry

 British Columbia

  • Skilled Worker Stream
  • Health Care Professional
  • International Graduate Stream
  • International Postgraduate Stream
  • Entry Level and Semi-Skilled Pilot Project


  • Skilled Workers in Manitoba
  • Skilled Workers Overseas
  • Manitoba Business Investor Stream
  • International Education Stream

 New Brunswick

  • Express Entry Labor Market Stream
  • Skilled Worker with Employer Support
  • Entrepreneurial
  • Postgraduate Entrepreneurial
  • Skilled Workers with Employer Support Stream
  • Skilled Worker with Family Support
  • Atlantic Immigration Pilot Project

 Newfoundland and Labrador

  • The Express Entry Skilled Worker Category
  • The NLPNP Skilled Worker Category
  • The NLPNP International Graduate Category
  • Atlantic Immigration Pilot

 Northwest Territories

  • Express Entry Skilled Workers Stream
  • Critical Impact Workers Stream
  • Skilled Workers Stream
  • Business Stream

Nova Scotia

  • Express Entry Skilled Workers Stream
  • Critical Impact Workers Stream
  • Skilled Workers Stream
  • Business Stream


  • International Students – Stream
  • Ph.D. Graduate Stream
  • Human Capital Priorities Stream
  • French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream
  • Skilled Trades Stream
  • Corporate Stream
  • Entrepreneur Stream

 Prince Edward Island

  • PEI Express Entry Stream
  • Labor Impact Category
  • Business Impact Category


  • International Skilled Worker Category
  • Saskatchewan Experience Category
  • Entrepreneur Category
  • Farm Category


  • Business Nominee Program
  • Skilled Worker Stream
  • Critical Impact Worker

 In conclusion, to apply for one of the provincial immigration programs, candidates must create a profile in the Express Entry system.