The Canada Immigration Points System Explained

The quickest way to move to Canada as a permanent resident is through the new Express Entry system – a points-based, almost entirely online process – making it easier for qualified candidates from around the world to immigrate to Canada.

The application for Canadian Express Entry Visa involves a two-stage process. Firstly, in order to apply for Express Entry, you need to create an online profile detailing all your credentials. This first part of the process is based on a ranking system, in which candidates are ranked using a points-based system called the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS).

Applicants are assessed and scored based on their skills, education, language ability, work experience, factors concerning their spouse or common-law partner and other factors. The CRS also gives candidates points for Canadian degrees, diplomas or certificates; a job offer from an eligible employer; a nomination from a Canadian province or territory; a brother or sister living in Canada who is a citizen or permanent resident and strong French language skills.

The score candidates receive from the CRS includes the core set of credentials worth up to 600 points (education, language, etc), along with an additional set worth up to 600 points (Canadian degrees, job offers, etc). These two sections are taken together, meaning that the total score will be out of 1,200.

Based on your CRS score, you will be compared with other candidates. The highest-ranking candidates from the pool of applicants are regularly selected and invited to apply for a Permanent Resident visa. This visa will enable you to move to Canada indefinitely. If you are invited to apply you still have to meet all eligibility and admissibility requirements under Canada’s immigration law (the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act). Please note that receiving an invitation to apply for permanent residence does not guarantee obtaining the Permanent Resident visa.

In order to get into the candidate pool, you must be eligible for one of the immigration programs that operate under Express Entry. The programs are: the Federal Skilled Worker Program, Federal Skilled Trades Program, Canadian Experience Class and a portion of the Provincial Nominee Program.

Most applications for permanent residency in Canada submitted under Express Entry are processed in six months or less.