Become a candidate – Skilled immigrants (Express Entry)

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If you want to come to Canada as a skilled immigrant, your first step is to become a candidate in the Express Entry pool.

If you are eligible:

  1. we will place you in a pool with others who are also eligible and give you a score,
  2. we will then rank you using several factors, and
  3. if you are one of the top candidates, you will be invited to apply to be a permanent resident of Canada.

Determine your eligibility

Use the online tool, Come to Canada, to see if you meet the criteria to get into the Express Entry pool (or read about the eligibility criteria for Express Entry).

Submit your profile

If you are eligible, fill out your Express Entry profile online. You will need to create a MyCIC account to do this. It will ask you about your:

  • language test scores,
  • education and educational credential assessment (if you need one)
  • work experience, and
  • other information we need in order to assess you.

There is no cost to complete and submit an Express Entry profile.

How the pool works

If you create an Express Entry profile and you are eligible, you will be put into the Express Entry pool of candidates. Find out what happens once you are in the pool.

Understand the scoring and ranking system

Based on the information you put in your profile, you will be given a score and ranked against others in the pool

Candidate rounds of invitations

CIC will regularly issue invitations to top candidates from the pool so they can apply for permanent residence.

Invitations to Apply

If you get an Invitation to Apply from CIC, you will be able to apply for permanent residence online.

Read the guide

You can review the instruction guide for a summary of what you need to do to become a candidate.

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