Express Entry Canada Explained for New Applicants – How to Immigrate to Canada

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Hello Readers,

We have received quite a large number of queries for people who are at VERY INITIAL stages of express entry and want to understand how it all works. This post is relevant for all newbies trying to enter the pool for Canadian Immigration.
1) Eligibility Check by doing this CIC quiz or email your profile to –

2) Language  Check . You must get at least CLB 7 in each of the four sections for the Federal Skilled Worker (FSW), Provincial Nomination Program (PNP) or Canadian Experience Class (CEC) streams. CLB Level 10 holds the highest points.

How does CLB match back to the language tests? That info is here –>

3) Qualification Assessement – Get your degree and transcript assessed. Details here –>

4) National Occupation Classification (NOC) Classification list – This steps holds big relevance since a wrong NOC can get your app rejected. The occupation must be NOC 0, A, or B for FSW or CEC.

5) Creating Express Entry Profile. and  Job Bank registration

You’ll be given points based on your age, education, number of years work experience, and language skills. The points system is detailed here –>
Now you are in the Express Entry pool with global applicants waiting for invitation.

Candidates can have additional score added by getting job offer 50-200 points or by provincial nomination program getting 600 points.
6) ITA (Invitation to apply). Here is a quick listing for fee involved:

a) Have your application fee (C$550 each for principal applicant and spouse) and right of permanent resident fee (C$490 each for principal applicant and spouse) ready

b) Funding – proof of funds

c) Police Clearance – police certificates

d) Medical Assessment – medical exam.

e) Reference job letters. You must have at least 12 months of full-time, or an equal amount in part-time, skilled work experience. Full-time work means at least 30 hours of paid work per week. Work experience while you were a full-time student does not count.

f) landing in Canada

And this is the straight forward summary of how things fall in place for express entry, it’s a system which is fair enough for all applicants, transparent but hides the process and details.

OOPNP will be initiating Australian Immigration Consulting this week, if you are planning to immigrate to Australia, stay tuned, send your profiles to – for reviews.


Rachael Clark is an Immigration Consultant with an experience of over 7 years working with candidates across Europe. With a success rate of over 80% candidates receiving provincial nomination, Rachael writes on a number of subjects. More information is published on

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