Express Entry is an electronic system used to manage the applications of skilled workers who wish to become permanent residents of Canada.

To be eligible for Express Entry, candidates must meet the criteria of at least one of the following federal economic immigration programs:

Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP)

The FSWP is Canada’s primary economic immigration pathway. The minimum requirements include at least one year of continuous full-time or equivalent paid work experience in the past 10 years in a skilled occupation under the National Occupational Classification (NOC) skill level 0, A, or B; validated intermediate or better language ability in English or French; for candidates educated outside of Canada, an educational credential (certificate, diploma, or degree) and an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) report. In addition to meeting the FSWP’s minimum work, language ability, and education requirements, candidates must also obtain at least 67 points under its points grid.

Points are calculate on factors given below

1. Age

2. Education

3. Work experience

4. English or French language test

5. Adaptability (If having blood relative in Canada on PR visa or Citizenship If they sponsor)

6. Having valid job offer ( LMIA approved job offer)


18 – 3512


Education levelPoints
Doctorate (Ph.D)25
Master Degree23
Double Bachelors or PG Diploma22
Bachelors Degree ( 3 years)21
degree, diploma or certificate ( 2 Years )19
degree, diploma or certificate ( 1 year )15

Work Experience

Work ExperiencePoints
1 year and above9
2 years and above11
4 years and above13
6 Years and above15
degree, diploma or certificate ( 2 Years )19

Language skill Test

Measuring levelReadingWritingSpeakingListeningPoints
CLB level 9 or higher7 Band7 Band7 Band8 Band24
CLB level 86.5 Band6.5 Band6.5 Band7.5 Band20
CLB level 76 Band6 Band6 Band6 Band16
Below CLB level 7Not eligible to applyNot eligible to applyNot eligible to applyNot eligible to apply

Second official language

Measuring levelPoints
CLB level 5 and above4 points
Below CLB level 5Zero points


Adaptability FactorsPoints
If your spouse apply for language level in either English or French at CLB 4 level or higher in all 4 language abilities (speaking, listening, reading and writing).5
If your spouse has at least two years of full-time education from Canada.5
Or having minimum 1 year of work experience under skill type 0 or skill level A or B in Canada10
Or having minimum 1 year of work experience under skill type C and D5
Or having a Valid job offer5
You or your spouse have a Blood relative on PR or Canadian Citizen in Canada5

Arranged employment in Canada maximum 10 points.

Canadian Experience Class (CEC)

The CEC provides international students and foreign workers who have Canadian experience with the opportunity to obtain permanent residence. Candidates must have obtained at least one year of skilled, professional, or technical work experience in Canada within 3 years of the application date and also meet language proficiency criteria.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Have obtained at least one year of skilled, professional or technical work experience in Canada within 36 months of the application date; and
  • Meet or surpass a Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) of 5 (“initial intermediate”) for NOC B jobs or CLB 7 (“adequate intermediate proficiency”), for NOC skill level 0 or A jobs.
  • Plan to live and work outside of the province of Quebec (individuals with work experience in Quebec and who plan to reside in Quebec may apply to the Quebec Experience Class).

Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP)

The FSTP is available to candidates who want to become permanent residents on the basis of qualifying for a skilled trade. Eligibility criteria include having a minimum of 2 years of full-time work experience in a skilled trade within the 5-year period of submitting an application; meet the job requirements of the skilled trade; have a full-time job offer in Canada for a period of at least 1 year or possess a certificate of qualification in the skilled trade that has been provided by an official Canadian authority; and meet language proficiency criteria.

Eligibility Criteria

In order to be eligible for the FSTP, you must:

  • Have valid job offers of continuous, paid, full-time employment (at least 30 hours a week) from up to two employers in Canada for at least one year OR a certificate of qualification* from a provincial or territorial body
  • Provide proof of basic language proficiency from a designated language testing organization, demonstrating that the applicant meets the minimum threshold set by IRCC — Canadian Level Benchmark (CLB) 5 for speaking and listening, CLB 4 for reading and writing
  • Have obtained 2 years of full-time work experience (or an equal amount of part-time work) in the skilled trade in the five years before applying; and
  • Be able to demonstrate the skills and experience and that they have performed the essential duties of the occupation.

A certificate of qualification proves that a foreign national is qualified to work in a skilled trade occupation in Canada. With a certificate of qualification, applicants prove they have passed a certification exam or met all the requirements to practice their trade in a specific province or territory.

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