Immigrating to Canada with Federal Express Entry

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Express Entry is an electronic system that allows a person wishing to immigrate to Canada to declare their intention to do so. This system is managed by the federal government while allowing provincial governments and employers to draw from the pool of candidates who are likely to meet the labour market needs of their skilled worker profile. The system manages three immigration programs, including Federal Skilled Workers, Federal Skilled Trades and the Canadian Experience Class.

Federal Skilled Worker

Federal Skilled Workers

  • At least one year of continuous full-time or equivalent part-time work experience;
  • Paid work (volunteer work, unpaid internships, etc., do not count);
  • Experience in one job;
  • Experience gained over the past ten years;
  • Experience in a position or job of Skill Type 0 or Skill Level A or B of the 2011 version of the National Occupational Classification(NOC).


Language skills

A minimum score of 7 on the Canadian Language Benchmarks is required for the following four language skills

  • Writing
  • Reading
  • Listening comprehension
  • Oral expression

Please note that the validity of the results of these tests is two years in the eyes of the Ministry of Immigration.


A certificate, diploma or degree from a Canadian secondary or post-secondary institution is required if the applicant was educated in Canada. For those who have studied abroad, they need a credential and an evaluation of their foreign study credentials by an IRCC-approved organization.

Proof of funds

It will be necessary for this program to demonstrate that you have sufficient funds to support yourself and your accompanying family, if applicable. However, this requirement will not apply to you if you are legally entitled to work in Canada or if you have a prior job offer.

Skilled Trades Worker

  • Meet the language requirements by providing test results of your language ability issued by a designated organization. The department requires a level of NCL5 for oral comprehension and expression and NCL4 for written comprehension and expression;
  • Two years of full-time or full-time equivalent experience in a skilled trade within the last five years;
  • Have a job offer with one or two employers in Canada for a period of one year;
  • Demonstrate that all the requirements set out in the National Occupational Classification are met

This program takes into account the applicant’s ability to become economically established in Canada. Please note that there are no academic requirements for this program.

Canadian Experience

  • You must have one year of full-time work experience in Canada in a Skill Type 0 or Skill Type A or B occupation, or the equivalent if you work part-time;
  • Depending on the type of employment, your language ability must be at or above Canadian Language Benchmarks 5 or 7;
  • Finally, you must intend to reside outside the province of Quebec.
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