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Creating an online Express Entry profile is, quite simply, the first step foreign nationals must complete to immigrate to Canada under the Express Entry system that offers permanent residence to skilled workers.

Express Entry system draws for the Canadian Experience Class, Federal Skilled Worker and Federal Skilled Trades programs were on pause during the first half of this year but are expected to resume in July. 


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That will be a boon for Canadian employers currently struggling to find workers as the unemployment rate hits a record low of 5.1 per cent.

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“With the economy growing faster than employers can hire new workers, Canada needs to look at every option so that we have the skills and labour needed to fuel our growth,” says Immigration Minister Sean Fraser.

“Immigration will be crucial to easing our labour shortage, and these measures aim to address pressing needs in all sectors across the country while providing more opportunities for recent graduates and other applicants to build their lives in Canada and continue contributing to our short-term recovery and long-term prosperity.”

The Express Entry system is open to candidates working in any of 500 occupations under Canada’s National Occupational Classification (NOC) system based on the job’s duties and the work done. 


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Management jobs are classified in the NOC as Type 0. Professional jobs that usually require a university degree are Skill Level A and technical jobs that usually require a college diploma or training as an apprentice are classified as Skill Level B.

Intermediate jobs that usually require a secondary school education or on-the-job training are classified as Skill Level C and those that provide on-the-job training are ranked as Skill Level D. 

It takes about 15 minutes to answer the few questions Ottawa poses to determine the eligibility of a candidate for Express Entry. 

Main Applicant Of Couple Applying Should Be One Likely To Get Highest CRS Score

“If you’re married or have a common-law partner, one of you must be the main or principal applicant,” advises the federal government on its website. “This person will submit a profile and list the spouse or partner in it.”

The principal applicant in a couple should be the one most likely to:

  • meet the eligibility requirements;
  • earn the most points in the selection factors (if applying under the Federal Skilled Workers Program), and;
  • earn the most points in Express Entry’s Comprehensive Ranking System.

Foreign nationals who are eligible for one or more of the Express Entry programs and who submit their profiles online are then ranked in the Express Entry pool using the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS), a points-based system used by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to score these profiles.

Once the candidate has been deemed eligible, he or she will be given a personal reference code. That’s then used to move the information gleaned by the tool to determine eligibility to the Express Entry profile.

The applicant needs certain documents, such as language test results, and their NOC code and job title to complete an Express Entry profile but can exit the profile at any time as the system saves the information. He or she can then return within 60 days to complete the profile and submit it.

Although these documents do not need to be uploaded to submit a profile to the Express Entry system, applicants may need information from some or all of these documents:

  • a passport or travel document;
  • language test results;
  • proof of Canadian education or an educational credential assessment report for immigration purposes if applying through the FSW or to get points for the education gotten outside Canada;
  • provincial nomination (if the applicant has one);
  • written job offer from an employer in Canada (if the applicant has one);
  • proof of work experience;
  • certificate of qualification in a trade occupation issued by a Canadian province or territory (the applicant has one), and;
  • proof of sufficient funds.

To be invited, candidates need to have a score above the minimum points score for the round of invitations.

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