Who can apply — Skilled immigrants (Express Entry)

Note: We have updated the Express Entry system:

  • you can now earn points for study in Canada
  • a valid job offer now only needs to be for one year, and some job offers no longer need an LMIA
  • the amount of points you get for a job offer has changed.
  • you now have 90 days to apply instead of 60.

Find out more about these changes and how they may affect you.

Skilled immigrants are chosen for their skills and ability to contribute to Canada’s economy.

Program eligibility

Express Entry covers three of our key economic immigration programs:

If you are eligible to immigrate under one of the above federal immigration programs:

  1. we will place you in a pool with others who are also eligible,
  2. we will then rank you and the others using several factors,
  3. if you are one of the top candidates, you will get an Invitation to Apply
  4. if we invite you to apply, you can apply online for permanent residence.

Through Express Entry, provinces and territories will also be able to nominate candidates in the Express Entry pool under their Provincial Nominee Program where applicable.

To be eligible for Express Entry, you must:

  • meet the requirements of one of the above programs, and
  • create a Job Match account with Job Bank, a database that can help match you with employers looking for workers with your skills (unless you have a valid job offer). To do so:
    • go to the Job Match sign-in page
    • click the “Sign up now!” button
    • read the privacy notice and click “I agree”
    • follow the instructions to create an account.

Note: most job offers from an employer in Canada must be supported by a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA). An employer goes through this process to ensure there is a genuine labour market need before they can hire foreign workers.

In some cases, your employer does not need an LMIA to support your job offer. Find out more about which types of jobs don’t need an LMIA.

If you have a valid job offer, you do not need to register with Job Bank.

You can use our online tool, Come to Canada, to see if you meet the criteria to get into the Express Entry pool. 


You must show that you meet the minimum language requirements for the category you are eligible under and provide your language test results from an agency designated by IRCC in your Express Entry profile.

Your language test results must be less than two years old on the day we get your complete application for permanent residence.

Skilled work experience

According to the Canadian National Occupational Classification (NOC), skilled work experience means:

  • managerial jobs (NOC skill level 0)
  • professional jobs (NOC skill type A)
  • technical jobs and skilled trades (NOC skill type B)

You must have at least 12 months of full-time, or an equal amount in part-time, skilled work experience. Full-time work means at least 30 hours of paid work per week.

Top questions about Express Entry profiles


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