Federal Skilled Worker Class

Express Entry

Express Entry is a new system to manage how people with skilled work experience apply to immigrate to Canada.
Under this new system, you must first fill out an online profile that includes your language test scores, Educational Credential Assessment (if you need one) and your work experience. There is no cost to complete and submit an Express Entry profile.

Based on your profile, you will be ranked against others in a pool. On a regular basis, CIC will draw top candidates from the pool and send them an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residence. 
Only those who get an Invitation to Apply from CIC will be able to apply.

Your work experience must be:

  • at least one year (1,560 hours total / 30 hours per week), continuous full-time or an equal amount in part-time, 
  • paid work (volunteer work, unpaid internships do not count), 
  • in the same NOC skill type (0, A or B) , 
  • within the last 10 years, and 
  • at skill type 0, or skill levels A or B of the 2011 National Occupational Classification (NOC).