What is Express Entry?

WHAT IS EXPRESS ENTRY?

Express Entry is the immigration framework used by the Government of Canada to select eligible candidates for immigration to Canada under the following programs:

Federal Skilled Worker Class

Federal Skilled Trades Class

Canadian Experience Class

Select Provincial Nominee Program streams

WHAT ARE THE STEPS FOR EXPRESS ENTRY?

  1. Determine your eligibility
  2. Create an online profile and enter the pool of candidates
  3. After receiving an Invitation to Apply, submit an application for Permanent Residency

HOW CAN I DETERMINE MY ELIGIBILITY FOR EXPRESS ENTRY?

In order to determine if you are eligible for Express Entry, you must first take the online Eligibility Tool here.

WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?

After you have determined that you are eligible for Express Entry, you have to create an online profile here. You will provide information such as work and educational experience, among others.

Using this information, you will be placed in a pool of eligible candidates. Eligible candidates will be ranked using the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS).

WHO GETS SELECTED FROM THE POOL?

The Government of Canada, as well as provincial and territorial governments under their Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) will choose the highest ranked candidates.

These candidates will receive an Invitation to Apply.

WHAT HAPPENS AFTER I RECEIVE MY INVITATION TO APPLY?

After receiving your Invitation to Apply, you will have 90 days to submit an electronic application for Permanent Residency.

HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE TO PROCESS MY APPLICATION FOR PERMANENT RESIDENCY?

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) takes a minimum of six months to process applications for Permanent Residency.

WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS FOR EXPRESS ENTRY?

You will need to prepare results for language exams (IELTS, TEF, TCF or DELF). You will also need to have your credentials assessed according to Canadian standards. For a complete list of requirements, click here.

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Quick Facts

  • The Philippines is represented in Canada by an Embassy in Ottawa. The Philippines also has three consulates-general in Calgary, Toronto and Vancouver and honourary consular offices in Edmonton, Winnipeg, St. John’s, Halifax and Charlottetown.
  • According to the 2011 census, 662,600 people of Philippine origin are now residing in Canada.
  • In 2015, Canada welcomed more than 50,000 permanent residents from the Philippines, making it Canada’s top source country for permanent residents that year.
  • In 2016, Canada issued nearly 35,000 visas to Filipinos for tourism.

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