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What is Express Entry?

Express Entry is an online immigration application system. It works for 3 immigration programs:

  1. Federal Skilled Workers (FSW)
  2. Canadian Experience Class (CEC)
  3. Federal Skilled Trades (FST)

Federal Skilled Workers (FSW) Minimum Requirements

  • Language requirement: CLB 7 in all 4 abilities
  • Education: Minimum a Canadian high school diploma or equivalent
  • Work Experience: Minimum 12 months of continuous, full-time, skilled work experience completed in the last 10 years (or equivalent)
  • Proof of funds: Enough funds to support themselves and their dependents
  • Must not intend to live in Quebec

If a candidate meets these requirements, they must then score a minimum of 67 out of 100 points on the FSW eligibility points grid

Canadian Experience Class (CEC) Minimum Requirements

  • Language requirement: CLB 7 for NOC O or A jobs/ CLB 5 for NOC B jobs

Minimum 1 year of skilled (NOC 0, A, or B) Canadian work experience in the last 3 years before applying. Can be obtained in a few ways:

  • Full-time job (FT): 30 hrs/week for 1 year & Total of 1,560 hours
  • Part-time job (PT): 15hrs/week for 24 months OR Equivalent to 1yr FT work (1,560 hours). You can do as many PT jobs as you need to meet this requirement
  • FT at more than 1 job: 30 hrs/wk for 12 months at more than 1 job & Equivalent to 1yr FT work (1,560 hours)
  • Must not intend to live in Quebec

Federal Skilled Trades (FST) Minimum Requirements

  • Language requirement: CLB5 for speaking + listening & CLB4 for reading + writing

Work experience: at least 2 years and must be paid

  • FT or equal amount of PT in a Skilled Trade within 5 years before applying.
  • Must be a position in NOC Major group 72, 73, 82, 92 or Minor Group 632, 633
  • Meet job requirements for that skilled trade as set out in the NOC Except for needing a Certificate of Qualification
  • Have a valid job offer: FT employment for a total of at least 1 year or, Certificate of Qualification in that trade issued by a Canadian government (provincial/federal/territorial)
  • Must not intend to live in Quebec
  • Proof of funds: Enough funds to support themselves and their dependents
  • Must not intend to live in Quebec

Download the full Express Entry 101 Guide in PDF by filling the download form.

Express entry 101 FSW CEC FST

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