One of the most popular ways to immigrate to Canada is through Express Entry. Express Entry is a process for skilled immigrants who wish to settle permanently in Canada.
There is no set time for the Express Entry draw, but previous draws have occurred almost every two weeks. Due to COVID-19, IRCC is unable to process most applications normally and give accurate estimates of processing time. There may be a change in prioritization from time to time. Some applications are being prioritized by IRCC, including Canadians trying to return to Canada, vulnerable people, and people who perform or support essential services.
The Express Entry Program includes the following streams: Federal Skilled Worker (FSW), Federal Skilled Trades (FST), Canadian Experience Class (CEC) and some Provincial Nominee Programs (PNP). Learn more about what Express Entry is.
Since the pandemic, Express Entry processing times have increased. Here is a chart portraying the change.
Express Entry is under economic immigration. See the latest Express Entry processing time by using the CIC tool. You can then select the appropriate class for Federal Skilled Worker (FSW), Federal Skilled Trades (FST), Canadian Experience Class (CEC) or Provincial Nominees to check the processing time.
Processing time: The time it took to process most complete applications in the past. It is typically updated every week.
Service standards: A commitment made by IRCC to process applications within a certain period of time under normal circumstances. There are no regular updates, and some programs don't have service standards. IRCC publishes annual reports regarding actual processing times in comparison with service standards.
What can affect your Express Entry processing time?
The processing times in the past were measured based on how long it took to process 80% of applications. For some permanent residents who haven't applied yet, processing times are projected based on how many applications we expect to process once 80% are processed.
If you are eligible for Express Entry, you should create an Express Entry profile as soon as possible. In 2021, Canada suddenly invited 27,332 CEC candidates with a minimum CRS score of 75 to apply for Permanent Residency! In contrast, the average minimum score for Express Entry CEC for 2021 was 387. See the latest Express Entry draw and analysis.
One year before your current study permit or work permit expires
One month before you become eligible
When you are eligible
After creating an Express Entry profile
A valid status is a prerequisite to applying to Express Entry. To understand the processing time for Express Entry, let's look at the Express Entry breakdown in 7 steps.
For one of the programs under Express Entry:
Creating an Express Entry profile with IRCC is 100% free. Once created, you'll automatically enter the Express Entry pool.
CRS scores are used to rank candidates in the Express Entry pool. Calculate your CRS score using our free CRS calculator. The Express Entry CRS score analysis can help you determine whether your CRS score is competitive enough. If your CRS score isn't competitive enough, here are 7 ways to improve your CRS score.
You'll have 60 days after receiving an ITA to submit your PR application. We recommend starting preparing documentation as soon as possible.
Example of documents
If you are not sure if you provide correct and sufficient supporting documents, ImmiSearch's service gets you a licensed immigration consultant and reviews your application three separate times to reduce the chances of errors.
Triple check that your application is complete!
IRCC will ask for additional documents and provide further instructions if needed
Congratulations on your permanent residency approval!
How often is processing time updated?
The IRCC states that they are experiencing delays in receiving applications and cannot process applications normally. This cannot guarantee the Express Entry processing time is accurate.
Am I eligible for Express Entry?
You can use ImmiSearch's Express Entry assessment tool to check your eligibility and calculate your CRS score.
What can I do if my application passes the usual processing time?
You can check the application status on the CIC website. If you wish to have a detailed note from the officer, you can submit an ATIP request. The request is helpful to check the status of your application, the reason for delays and application rejection.