Express Entry Assessment

Are you eligible to immigrate to Canada?

Use this self-assessment system to evaluate your eligibility for Canada immigration under the express entry program. The following programs are covered in Express Entry: (1) Federal Skilled Worker Program, (2) Federal Skilled Trades Program and (3) Canadian Experience Class. Please answer all questions as truthfully as possible.
Which province(s) in Canada would you prefer to settle?

The Canada Express Entry CRS Points Calculator is a free online tool that lets prospective immigrants assess their eligibility prior to creating an express entry profile or before submitting an application. Use the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) to calculate your score to find out if you qualify for immigration to Canada under any of the three (3) express entry streams. To learn more about monthly (and bi-weekly draws), see WorkStudyVisa’s update on latest express entry draws.

Canada Immigration Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

In Canada, immigrants and refugees are divided into classes. The Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulation specifies that the Economic Class is consists of the Provincial Nominee Class or also known as the PNP, Federal Skilled Worker Class, Investor Class, Quebec Skilled Worker Class, Self-employed Person’s Class, Entrepreneur Class, and the Canada Experience Class.

Just recently, there were changes made to the Federal Skilled Worker Class. Now, those who apply under this class will receive a decision within 6-12 months from the time of their application. To know more about how Canada deals with applications under the Economic Class, here are some of the FAQs we answered for you.

What does “Canadian Permanent Resident” status mean?

Under the laws of Canada, if you have a Canadian Permanent Resident, you will be allowed to permanently reside in Canada together with your accompanying dependents. Those who have this status can earn a livelihood in three territories within the country or in ten provinces. On top of that, those with permanent resident status can get a primary and secondary education in provincially administered public schools without tuition fees. You will also qualify for free healthcare if you are a permanent resident of Canada.

How can you qualify for a permanent residence under the Economic Class?

The Economic Class is composed of different subclasses, namely the Provincial Nominee Class or also known as the PNP, Federal Skilled Worker Class, Investor Class, Quebec Skilled Worker Class, Self-employed Person’s Class, Entrepreneur Class, and the Canada Experience Class. if you are one of these classes, you may send your application to be reviewed by the immigration department. You will be assessed using six factors that can give you 100 points. From the date of your application onwards, you have to be employed for at least one year, whether full-time or part-time within a 10-year time frame. Once proven that you are economically established in Canada, and have enough settling funds, you will receive a passing mark, which will allow you to earn permanent resident status. Canada provides for an exemption for those who don’t receive a passing mark. They may be qualified under the positive discretion provisions of the law. Terms and conditions still apply.

How does Canada process applications under the skilled worker class?

Skilled workers are those with enough education, experience with work, language abilities, and age who pass the assessment of Canada under six factors as previously mentioned. They are selected individuals who proved that they are economically established in the country. Applications are assessed using six factors: Education (maximum of 25 points), Language (maximum of 28 points,), Experience (maximum of 15 points), Age (maximum of 12 points), Arranged employment in Canada (maximum of 10 points), and Adaptability (maximum of 10 points), with a total of 100 points.

Before you are assessed using these six essential selection conditions, you have to pass the elimination conditions first. You have to be working for at least 1 year as a full-time employer in 50 major high demand occupation such as in finance, healthcare, and skilled trades, has an arranged employment in Canada, has been legally residing in Canada as a temporary expat who has received full-time employment from the same employer, or enrolled in a Canadian Ph.D. program with at least two years of completed programs or graduated within 12 months before the application.

How long does the application under the skilled worker class take?

The Minister of Citizenship, Immigration, and Multiculturalism assured in November 2008 that it would only take 6-12 months from the date of the application before the applicants can be granted permanent residence. However, there are still factors under the old regime that are considered–the number of applicants, the time of the year, the immigration program, etc. These factors make the application process between 12 and 40 months, which is according to them enough time to demonstrate how applicants comply with the conditions of establishing a stable life in the country, saving sufficient assets, clean bills of health, and no criminal record history.

What is CRS cut off mark?

CRS means Comprehensive Ranking System and this is for CEC or Canadian Experience Class. Quite recently, the CRS cut off mark dropped to 468. The express entry draw of Canada is seeing a downward trend in terms of score requirement and those who were given an invitation to apply with scores of 468 or higher can receive permanent resident status.

Who is included in the application?

When you apply for Canadian Permanent Resident, you are applying as well for the residence of your spouse, common-law or conjugal partner who is at least 16 years old, and unmarried children who are under 19 years old. Those who are older than 19 years old may be considered accompanying family members under certain conditions.

Where can you file the application for permanent residence?

Normally, applications can apply online on Canada Immigration website. Candidates who wish to apply via paper route may submit their documents to specified intake offices as per their location and instructions given by IRCC. Paper applications within Canada through is sent to the Centralized Intake Office – Case Processing Centre located in Sydney, Nova Scotia. Once the application gets approved, there will be further processing, this time by an immigration office outside Canada where the applicant legally stays or in the home country of the applicant.

How much do I need to pay for the application?

Applicants are required to pay the non-refundable processing fees. The amount differs on the class and age of the applicant. For those who are applying under the skilled worker class, the non-refundable processing fee is set at $825 CAD for the principal applicant. Fees are also paid for accompanying family members who are 22 years old and above. For those who are under 22 years old, the processing fee is $225 CAD. On top of this, the applicants shall pay a fee of $500 CAD for a Right of Permanent Residence. The non-refundable fees are paid during the application while the Right of Permanent Residence fee is paid upon the request of the visa office. See table below.

Canada Express Entry Fees $CAN

Your application

Processing fee ($825) and right of permanent residence fee ($500)

Your application (without right of permanent residence fee) 825

Include your spouse or partner

Processing fee ($825) and right of permanent residence fee ($500)

Include your spouse or partner (without right of permanent residence fee) 825
Include a dependent child (amount for each child) 225

Do I need to go to Canada before I apply for permanent residence?

There is no need to go to Canada to qualify for permanent residence. However, your experience with the country’s environment has an impact on your application. If you are applying under the investor or entrepreneur class, you are encouraged to visit Canada and join in information sessions held by provinces.

Low CRS Score?

If your score is lower than the cut off mark, you may not get selected in a draw, but there may be ways to improve your score or other immigration options in addition to Express Entry. Try one of these resources!

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