Express Entry

As of January 2015, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has a new electronic system called Express Entry to manage applications for permanent residence under certain economic immigration programs.

The Express Entry system is the first step to immigrate to Canada under these programs. Potential candidates can complete an Express Entry profile at any time. Note that there is no deadline to complete a profile and there are no caps on the number of candidates that will be accepted to the pool.

Anyone who is accepted into the Express Entry pool could get an Invitation to Apply for permanent residence. Rounds of invitations to invite candidates to apply will take place regularly over the course of each year. We will only pick the top ranking candidates no matter when they were accepted into the pool.

If you are invited to apply, you will have 60 days to submit a complete Application for Permanent Residence online.

The first round of invitations took place on the last week of January 2015.

Complete your Express Entry profile
Learn about what you will need to complete your Express Entry profile, and the steps that follow.

How Express Entry works
Find out how the system works, how the Comprehensive Ranking System is used and how a candidate can be invited to apply for permanent residence.

Information for employers
With Express Entry, you can fill labour market shortages permanently with skilled foreign nationals. Let us tell you how.

Choose Canada
Discover how you and your family can benefit from Canada’s strong and stable economy and high standard of living.

Additional resources:

Video - Express Entry for employers

Express Entry: Employers in Canada

Video - How Express Entry works

Express Entry: Canada potential candidates
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