Canada skilled immigration - Express Entry

In January 2015 Canada instituted the new Express Entry system for skilled immigration and permanent residence. The system uses a two stage online process for applications. Prospective migrants first fill out an Express Entry profile, and if they meet the eligibility requirements are entered into a selection pool.

Express Entry Ranking

Applicants are then ranked according to the information entered on their profile. Factors taken into consideration include, but are not limited to:

  • Skills

  • Work experience

  • English and French Language abilities

  • Education

Express Entry Visa Categories

The highest ranking applicants will then be invited to apply for permanent residence under one of three skilled immigration categories, these include the:

  • Federal Skilled Worker Program: allows skilled professionals with significant work experience, employability, and adaptability to gain legal permanent residence in Canada.

  • Federal Skilled Trades Program: allows skilled workers with experience in a selected number of trades to gain legal permanent residence in Canada.

  • Canada Experience Class: a popular route to permanent residence for migrants with previous Canadian work experience, such as international students. 

Please see our dedicated visa pages for the above categories for more details on each visa type, including requirements and information on how to score points for your visa.


Our dedicated team of immigration specialists can help with creating your Express Entry profile, ensuring that you are ranked as highly as possible, as well as with applications once you are invited to apply. All applications for Canadian visas are dealt with in-house by a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada.

Employers and prospective migrants with inquiries for our services may contact us on 0344 991 9222 or at for assistance.

Further information, help, and advice's team of specialists has over 25 years of experience in immigration services, and have helped thousands of people to study, work, and invest in Canada. All applications for Canadian visas are dealt with in-house by a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada.

For more information and advice on Canadian immigration law and Canadian visa applications please contact us on 0344 991 9222 or at