Canada’s economic immigration has become popular because of the impressive rise of the Express Entry system. Canada is expected to distribute a total of 341,000 ITAs (Invitations to Apply) this year. 2020 will see an increased immigration target of 88,000 reserved for Express Entry alone. 


The Express Entry system was introduced to fast-track the economic immigration process. It is an online database of interested candidates and provides input for three federal immigration programs:



Each program has a specific set of criteria that must be met in order to qualify for the Express Entry system. In addition to it, various Express Entry linked Provincial Nominee Programs make use of the same database to nominate desirable immigrants to their province. 


How do I qualify for Canada Express Entry?


Federal Economic Immigration Program Requirements





Language Skills

English or French Skills (CLB 7) English or French Skills CLB 5 (speaking and listening) & CLB 4 (reading and writing) English or French Skills CLB 7 (NOC 0 or A) & CLB 5 (NOC B)

Type/Level of work experience

Canadian or foreign experience in 1 of these NOCs (0, A, B) Canadian or foreign experience in a trade under key groups of NOC B Canadian or foreign experience in 1 of these NOCs (0, A, B)

Amount of work experience

1 year of continuous work within the last 10 years  Two years within the last 5 years  One year in Canada in the last 3 years 

Job offer

Not needed Valid job offer (full time for at least 1 year); or certificate of qualification in skilled trade issued by a Canadian provincial, territorial or federal authority Not needed


Not needed Secondary education needed 


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Is there any upper & lower age limit?

Fortunately, there is no age limit for one to qualify under the Express Entry but your age will determine the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score on basis of which your profile is prioritized in the Express Entry selection draw. 


The best age bracket is 20-29 years as you can get between 100-110 CRS score points. 


What are all the documents that I need?

Some of the must-have documents to complete your Express Entry profile:


  • Passport
  • Language proficiency test results
  • Education assessment report
  • Provincial nomination certificate (if applicable)
  • Job offer from a Canadian employer (if applicable)


Know your NOC (National Occupational Classification) job title or code before applying. 


Should I get assistance from Canada Immigration Consultant? 

Immigration to Canada may get complex and even confusing at times. Having a professional consultant to take care of your application process will save you a lot of time and effort. Also, you can save money by avoiding rejections due to the paucity of information earlier. 0


How long will my application take to approve?

The processing time for the Express Entry process varies between 4-6 months. It is dependent on the ranking of applicants and may alter after every Express Entry draws. 


How much CRS score do I need to qualify in 2020?

26 Express Entry Draws took place in 2019. Based on the minimum CRS scores in those selections draws a CRS score of 438 – 475 is required. However, the minimum CRS score depends on the size of the draw as well as the frequency of the draws and is subjected to rise or fall. 


However, if you are able to get a provincial nomination, the possibility of getting up to 600 additional points will virtually guarantee you an ITA for permanent residence in Canada. There are other Express Entry linked Provincial Nominee Programs like Alberta PNP which select candidates on low minimum CRS score as much as 300. 


In addition to it, a specific Express Entry draw for Federal Skills Trades Program is also conducted. Two such draws were conducted in 2019 and the minimum CRS score was about 350. 

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