Eligibility for Express Entry programs

Immigration has always helped to make Canada’s economy strong and prosperous. To continue this tradition, Canada encourages skilled worker applications for Permanent Residence from people with skills, education and work experience that will contribute to the Canadian economy.

Skilled workers are selected based on their skills and ability to contribute to Canada’s economy.

Express Entry manages applications for three economic immigration programs:

Federal Skilled Worker Program
Federal Skilled Trades Program
Canadian Experience Class
Provinces and territories can also recruit candidates from the Express Entry pool through the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) to meet local labour market needs.

Skilled workers are selected as permanent residents based on their education, work experience, knowledge of English and/or French, and other criteria that have been shown to help them become economically established in Canada.

All applicants must meet the following minimal requirements to apply as a skilled worker:

  • They must have at least one year of continuous full-time, paid work experience or the equivalent in part-time continuous employment·
  • They must have had this experience within the last 10 years·
  • The work experience must be Skill Type 0 (managerial occupations) or Skill Level A (professional occupations) or B (technical occupations and skilled trades) on the Canadian National Occupation Classification (NOC).
    The application to come to Canada as a skilled worker will also be assessed against a point system consisting of six selection factors.

The six selection factors are:

Factor 1 : Education> Maximum 25 points
Factor 2: Ability in English and or French> Maximum 24 points
Factor 3: Experience> Maximum 21 points
Factor 4: Age> Maximum 10 points
Factor 5: Arranged employment in Canada> Maximum 10 points
Factor 6: Adaptability> Maximum 10 points
Total Maximum 100 points

The current pass mark is 67 points for all factors combined. If an applicant’s score is the same or higher than the pass mark, then he/she may qualify to immigrate to Canada as a skilled worker.

Next, the applicants are assessed under another points-based system; that is, the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS).

The points the applicants get from the CRS include a core set of points up to 600 and a set of additional points of up to 600. the total score will be out of 1,200.

Core: Up to 600 points

1. Skills and experience factors
2. Spouse or common-law partner factors, such as their language skills and education
3. Skills transferability, including education and work experience

Additional: Up to 600 points

1. Canadian degrees, diplomas or certificates
2. a valid job offer
3. a nomination from a province or territory
4. a brother or sister living in Canada who is a citizen or permanent resident
5. strong French language skills

Core points + Additional points = Total score

To be chosen from the pool and to get an invitation to apply, an applicant needs to obtain one of the highest-ranking scores. Then, the invited applicants can apply for permanent residence.

In order to help meet Canada’s economic goals, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has introduced rounds for specific categories of Express Entry candidates. For the year 2023, following six categories have been established:

1. French-language proficiency

2. Work experience in healthcare occupations

3. Work experience in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) occupations

4. Work experience in trade occupations

5. Work experience in transport occupations

6. Work experience in agriculture and agri-food occupations


EE Draw #291– March 26, 2024

Invitations issued: 1,500 [French language proficiency 2024-1] 

CRS score of lowest-ranked candidate: 388

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