About Canada Express Entry

What is Express Entry?

Express Entry is the main way that Canada manages applications for skilled workers who want to become permanent residents. Eligible candidates submit their profile on the Canadian government's website. Approximately every two weeks, Canada invites the top-ranked immigration candidates to apply for permanent residence.

How Express Entry works​

Step 1: Find out if you're eligible​

There are two ways to find out if you’re eligible for a program that is part of Express Entry:

  • answer a few questions to see if you meet the minimum requirements
  • read the detailed requirements for each program

Step 2: Get your documents ready​

You need documents, such as language test results, to show that you’re eligible for Express Entry. Some documents take a long time to get, so you should get them ready now.

  • Get the documents you need

Step 3: Submit your profile​

Your Express Entry profile is where you give us information about yourself.

If you’re eligible, we’ll accept you into our pool of candidates.

You’ll be ranked in the Express Entry pool using a points-based system. Your score is based on the information in your profile.

  • Check your score
  • Submit your profile

Step 4: Receive an invitation and apply for permanent residence​

We send invitations to apply to the candidates with the highest scores in the pool. If we invite you to apply, you’ll have 90 days to submit your application for permanent residence.

We’ll process most complete applications that have all the supporting documents in 6 months or less.

  • Apply for permanent residence