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Express Entry

Express Entry’ has ushered Canadian immigration system into a new era. Immigration Canada implemented this Express Entry system in January 2015 and under this system the Canadian government chooses skilled immigrants for entry into the country –the CIC does not process the applications passively anymore, but it rather chooses the applicants it would like to invite into Canada- from a selection pool of aspirants vying for a place in the last selected batch of qualified candidates.


Potential Candidates need to complete the online forms by providing all information regarding job work experience, education credentials, age, Language proficiency and other details. No supporting documents are required during express entry profile creation. If profile is accepted then it will be in the Express Entry pool for up to one year. At the same time , if an applicant does not already have a job offer supported by a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) (if you need one), or a nomination from a province or territory, must register with Employment and Social Development Canada’s (ESDC) Job Bank. Job Bank is very easy, online job search tool which will connect you with employers and jobs in Canada based on your skills and experience. We at Brainy Immigration make sure that our client’s forms are filled accurately in order to avoid any future problems for misrepresentation, errors or omissions.


Applicants will be ranked based on the total score against others in the pool using a point-based system called the Comprehensive Ranking System. Various points are awarded using the latest information in their profile. Applicants with the highest scores in the pool will be issued an Invitation to Apply. At this stage you should start getting any supporting documents you may need for your application for permanent residence. If someone is invited to apply, they will have 60 days to submit an online application for permanent residence.

Candidates will have a better chance of being invited to apply if they are nominated by a province or territory or have a valid job offer from a Canadian employer .Candidates will acquire extra points for these factors. Candidates must updates their profile in every two months.

Note: Applicants can stay in the pool for up to 12 months. If they do not receive an Invitation to Apply for permanent residence within 12 months of submitting an Express Entry profile, they are eligible to submit a new profile. If they still meet the criteria, they can re-enter the pool. This will prevent backlogs and ensure quick processing times.


Immigration Canada will choose the best profiles based on points system and other factors (such as occupations in demand) on average once or twice a month. If an applicant is invited to apply, he/she only 60 days to submit Permanent Residence application online with all supporting document. Citizenship and Immigration Canada processes the majority of complete applications (meaning those with all the necessary supporting documents) in six months or less.



The Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) is a points-based system that is used to assess and rank the eligible candidates for immigration to Canada in the Express Entry pool under the following factors:

  • Core Human Capital Factors;
  • Accompanying spouse or common-law partner factors;
  • Skill transferability factors;
  • Factors concerning to a provincial nomination or a qualifying arranged employment offer-600 Points;

There are a total of 1,200 points available under the Comprehensive Ranking System. For candidates without an accompanying spouse or common-law partner, points are:

  • A maximum of 500 points available for core human capital factors;
  • A maximum of 100 points available for skill transferability factors; and
  • 600 points available for either a provincial nomination or valid offer arranged employment.

For candidates with an accompanying spouse or common-law partner, there are:

  • A maximum of 460 points available for core human capital factors of the principal applicant;
  • A maximum of 40 points for the core human capital factors of the spouse or common-law partner;
  • A maximum of 100 points available for skill transferability factors; and
  • 600 points available for either a provincial nomination or valid offer of arranged employment.