Express Entry and its Requirements, what do Canadian Immigration officials look for?

Created on January 1st, 2015, the Express entry system is used by the Canadian government to manage Canadian permanent residence applications in order to fill labor gaps within Canada. It is the most widely used program to gain permanent residency in Canada due to the quick processing times and large focus within the Canadian government.

The following is a step-by-step overview of the process:

Expression of interest
Initial Profile Submission
Minimum Entry Criteria


Comprehensive Ranking System
Application Processing
  • Foreign nationals wishing to come to Canada must first complete an Express Entry profile through their online account.
  • Those who meet the criteria of one of more of the federal immigration programs are automatically entered into the pool of candidates.
  • The top-ranked candidates are then invited to apply for permanent residency based on their CRS (comprehensive ranking system) score.
  • The requirements needed before submitting an Express entry profile are the following:
    • Designated language test (IELTS or TEF are the most common for English and French).
    • Educational credentials assessed by a designated organization (WES).
    • Have work experience of at least 1 year that falls within a qualifying skill type as per the NOC classification.
    • The most important part of the submission is your professional work experience and choosing the correct NOC code in order to satisfy the immigration officials and to be able to justify such experience once an invitation is offered.

Choosing the right NOC code that corresponds to one’s experience can be done through this
external site:

*** Eligible skilled work experience means the applicant must have worked in 1 of the following 3 NOC job groups:

    • Managerial jobs (skill type 0)
    • Professional jobs (skill level A)
    • Technical jobs and skilled trades (skill level B)

The following table displays the distribution of points given based on different factors:

*** Note that the last round of invitations for the Canadian Experience Program invited candidates with a minimum score of 462 on September 14th, 2021.