- you can now earn additional points for at least one sibling (brother or sister) living in Canada who is a citizen or permanent resident
- you can now earn additional points for strong French language skills
- it is now optional to create a Job Match account with Job bank
Find out more about these changes and how they may affect you.
To come to Canada as a skilled immigrant, you must use our Express Entry system. This process includes:
- finding out if you may be eligible
- creating a free online Express Entry profile.
We use the information in your profile to decide if you’re eligible to immigrate to Canada. If you are, you’ll be:
- placed in a pool with other candidates
- ranked using several factors (skills, experience, etc.)
Completing an online Express Entry profile or entering the pool doesn’t guarantee that we’ll invite you to apply for permanent residence.
Before you start
Before you fill out your profile, find out if you’re eligible under a federal program that is part of Express Entry. You’ll need to:
- take a language test.
- get an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) if you were educated outside Canada
- This is not mandatory if:
- you have at least one year of recent work experience in Canada OR
- your work experience is in a skilled trade (skilled manual work)
- if you don’t need them assessed, you may want to do so anyway to increase your score and chances of being invited to apply
- This is not mandatory if:
- find out if your work experience is valid. Check the National Occupational Classification (NOC) to learn the skill type of:
- your current work experience
- the job you plan to have in Canada (if they’re different)
Check if you’re eligible online
Use the Come to Canada online tool to see if you're eligible for Express Entry. It 'll take you about 15 minutes.
The tool gives you a reference number at the end. The code looks like: JM1234567890. Use this number to move your information from the tool to your Express Entry profile when you build it.
Prepare to build your online Express Entry profile
If you get a positive result from Come to Canada, it will send you to your online account to fill out an Express Entry profile.
In the profile you’ll need to tell us about your:
- contact information
You’ll also need to give us more detailed information about your:
- work experience
- family who’d come with you to Canada (dependants)
To complete your profile you’ll need:
- travel document
- other national identity document, if you don’t have the others
- your language test results
- your NOC job title and code
- your ECA result (if you have one)
- a copy of your provincial nomination (if you have one)
- your personal reference code from the Come to Canada tool (if you have one)
- a copy of your written job offer from an employer in Canada (if you have one)
Create your Express Entry profile
- Follow the instructions to create an account (if you do not already have one)
- Enter your personal reference code from the Come to Canada tool when it prompts you to (only if you have one)
- Enter your personal details
You may exit the profile at any time. Your information will be saved. If you don’t complete the Express Entry profile in 90 days, you won’t be able to submit it and will need to start over.
When you are ready, submit your profile online so we can assess it.
Submitting an Express Entry profile doesn’t mean you’ve applied for permanent residence, or that we’ll invite you to.
If you’re invited to apply for permanent residence, we’ll tell you at that time which program you will apply under. You’ll need to give us more information in your application for permanent residence.
Consider registering with Job Bank
Note: It is now optional to create a Job Match account with Job Bank.
If you are in the Express Entry pool, you can start your job search by creating a Job Match account with Job Bank. Once you come to Canada, you can continue using Job Bank to find a job.
A Job Match account with Job Bank is an easy, online tool to help match you with employers looking for workers with your skills. To create an account:
- 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
The Express Entry pool
If you meet the requirements, we'll:
- place you into our Express Entry pool of candidates
- send you a message to your account to let you know you're in the pool
- give you a score using a ranking system
- the higher your score, the more likely we'll invite you to apply
- this is based on factors that have been shown to help immigrants prosper in Canada
- you'll get extra points if you are nominated by a province or territory
If you're accepted into the Express Entry pool, you should start getting any supporting documents you may need for your application for permanent residence. You could get an invitation to apply at any time, as we issue them regularly.
You must update the information in your profile if your situation changes, such as:
- you complete more education
- you get a different language test result
- there is a change in your family, such as:
- marriage or divorce
- the birth or adoption of a child
- there are changes to your work experience
- one of your children is no longer a dependent
- including if they turn 19 during this time
Invitation to apply for permanent residence
If you get an invitation to apply, you can apply for permanent residence. You'll be invited only if you're among the top ranked in the pool based on your skills and experience.
If you're invited, you:
- have 90 days to apply online for permanent residence
- must submit:
- your complete application
- copies of all supporting documents, like police certificates
Once you complete your application and submit it online, we’ll process it quickly. We process most applications through Express Entry in six months or less. Your processing period starts on the date we get your complete application and ends on the date we make a final decision.
To keep your application from being rejected, you may want to get some of the supporting documents ready while you are in the Express Entry pool.
Top questions about Express Entry profiles
- What do I do if I lost my GCKey username or password?
- What do you mean by Primary Occupation?
- What is a personal reference code for Express Entry? Where can I get a one?
- My personal reference code is not working. What should I do?
- Where can I find my Express Entry profile number and/or Job Seeker validation code?
- How do I find my National Occupation Classification (NOC) code?
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