How to Get Express Entry to Canada in 2022

he most efficient way to immigrate to Canada is through the Canadian Express Entry System (EES). It was introduced in 2015 to allow skilled immigrants and their families to move to Canada within six months. During the pandemic, the Canadian government allowed an increased number of permanent resident visas for potential immigrants who were already living and working in Canada, while launching expedited entry programmes for key workers and international students.

This led to a massive backlog of potential immigrants in 2021, and Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) changed its selection preferences and issued Invitations to Apply (ITAs) primarily to people already living and working in Canada. In the first quarter of 2022, Canada was only able to issue 7,257 ITAs, compared to the 43,840 issued in the first quarter of 2021.

However, all is not lost. If you follow the guidelines below, you have the best chance of obtaining express entry to Canada.

 

Step 1: Get an ITA

 

To have the best chance of obtaining an ITA, you need to follow the application procedure carefully. The most important part of the procedure is to make sure that you meet the requirements for immigration. There are many categories of admission that you must meet.

The two main items that may make you ineligible for the Express Entry programme are:

A criminal record
A serious medical condition

Step 2: Choose your Express Entry programme

 

If neither of these apply to you, create an Express Entry profile and apply for one of the three Express Entry programmes.
Federal Skilled Worker Programme (FSWP).

This programme has minimum requirements in terms of age, work experience, education, language, adaptability and a valid job offer.
All your qualities are assessed on a point system of 100 points, with a minimum score of 67.

Federal Skilled Trade Program (FSTP).

This programme allows entry for skilled workers who have a valid job offer for at least one year or a certificate issued by a Canadian provincial, territorial or federal authority for a skilled occupation.
These occupations are classified in the National Occupational Classification (NOC).

Canada Experience Class (CEC)

Individuals who have at least one year of work experience in Canada in their skilled occupation are classified in this class.

If you are eligible for one of these categories, you can apply online for the Express Entry Pool. Based on the above criteria, your eligibility will be calculated to create your Comprehensive Ranking Score (CRS), which will rank you against other Canadian immigration applicants. To get the best possible score, you should have a thorough understanding of how the CRS works.
Step 3: Meet the language and educational requirements
Language requirements

The next step in your application process is the Canadian language tests. English-speaking applicants must take one of the following tests to determine their language level according to the Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB):
CELPIP: Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program.

This is the leading test of English language proficiency in Canada.

IELTS: International English Language Testing System.

This is the most widely recognised test in the Express Entry system.

The IELTS score is more meaningful because it is much easier to convert to a CLB. You need a minimum CLB score of 7 to apply for the FSWP or a minimum CLB score of 5 for the FSTP. To have the best chance of meeting your IELTS requirements for Express Entry, we recommend our IELTS preparation course, which includes exercises and tips to help you prepare for the test.

If you can meet your IELTS requirements for Express Entry, they will count towards your CRS. There are also tests for French speakers. The best language scores are given to those who do well on both the English and French tests.

The French tests are:

TEF Canada: est d’évaluation de français.
TCF Canada: Test de connaissance du français

Education as a prerequisite

An important prerequisite for successfully applying for express entry to Canada is passing an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA). You must demonstrate that your qualifications are valid and equivalent or comparable to a Canadian qualification. This will have a major impact on your final CRS score and the success of your application. If you wish to apply for the FSTP, you must be assessed by a Canadian regulator.
Invitation to Apply (ITA)

When you receive your CRS result, you will be able to see if you meet the requirements of the programme you have applied for. You will then be placed in the Express Entry pool, where you will need to keep up to date with the draws for Express Entry. These draws take place every fortnight and you will be notified when you have been granted an ITA for permanent residence in Canada. The CRS requirements change with each draw. So if you did not qualify for this particular draw, it does not mean you will never be eligible again.

 

Once you have gone through the pool and your ITA has been sent to you, you have 60 days to compile the documentation required to have your application accepted. In order to apply for express entry to Canada, it is essential that you have relevant, current and valid documentation.

You will need the following documents:

Passport
Birth certificate
This can be replaced by an affidavit if required.
National Occupational Classification (NOC)
Educational Certificate Assessment Report (ECA)
Proof of civil status
Recent language tests
Proof of settlement allowances
Proof that you are eligible to enter Canada
Police clearance certificate
Results of a medical examination ordered by certified health officials
Work experience documents Reference letters (for all jobs in the last 10 years), copies of all employment contracts and pay stubs
Two digital photos of you, your spouse or common-law partner and your dependent children
Canadian job offer*
Certificate of employment
Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) number
Provincial nomination*

*These are only relevant if they have been submitted to you.

Once everything has been scanned and uploaded to the IRCC web portal, the hard part is done. However, this is not the time to relax. There are many ways to improve your CRS score to give your application the best chance.
Step 5: Wait
Once you have completed your process, submitted your application and improved your CRS score, the only thing left is the Express Entry processing time. The Canadian government is far more efficient than most and will likely process your application in less than 6 months. There are a few things that increase Express Entry processing time that you should be aware of, such as:

Unverified information
Security or criminal issues
Additional background checks are required
Unclear family situation
Incomplete divorce or adoption proceedings
Unresolved custody issues
Further documentation or an interview is required

Most of these factors are due to insufficient information on the part of the applicant. You must keep your information or anything that could affect your CRS outcome up to date via the IRCC web form. Check your application status online via the secure IRCC portal.

Express Entry processing times depend on the number of applications, the load on the system and the number of applicants who can receive ITAs.

Cost

The Express Entry process comes with various costs that you will need to pay in order for your application to be processed successfully. For this reason, it is important that each step of the Express Entry process is done correctly. The costs you will have to pay are:

Before you are accepted into the Express Entry pool, you will need to pay for the following.

Educational Credential Assessment (ECA)
$200+
Language test(s)
$200+

After that, you will have to pay certain government fees:

Processing fee
$850
Fee for the right of permanent residence
$515
Additional fees for children
$230 per child

You will also be required to pay additional costs:

Police clearance certificate(s).
Depending on the country, these costs can be up to over $100.
Medical certificate
$200
Legal representation or advice
Depending on the case

 

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