9 Simple Steps to become a Permanent Resident in Canada using Express Entry

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9 Simple Steps to become a Permanent Resident in Canada using Express Entry

Canada started the Express Entry system in 2015 to process applications for permanent residence for SKILLED workers who want to live permanently in Canada. Since then, the Express Entry system has let hundreds of thousands of skilled professionals from around the world live permanently in Canada and eventually become citizens. You won’t be able to apply for Canadian citizenship until you have been a permanent resident of the country for about 3 years. Being a permanent resident in Canada is an option that many people have been considering recently. Although the process seems tough, but it is achievable.

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9 Simple Steps to become a Permanent Resident using Express Entry

This is how to become a Permanent Resident in Canada in 9 simple steps using the Express Entry system.

1. Check which of the subcategories of the Express Entry system you are eligible for here

2. Write a language test (IELTS/CELPIP in English or TEF/TCF in French) and target for a Canadian Language Benchmark of 9 or higher. Details are available here.

3.Use any of the organizations listed here to evaluate your foreign degree.
In other to get a point equivalent to a master’s degree in the Express Entry system you must have one of the professional degrees listed below, and also ensure your degree assessment is done by a designated organization for the profession.

When you are calculating your score under Express Entry, a degree which is considered to be a professional degree needed to practice in a licensed profession is given the same amount of points a a Master degree.

For those looking to immigrate to Canada who are unsure if their qualification is considered to be a profession by citizenship and immigration Canada, please see the list of accepted degrees below:

  • Medicine
  • Dentistry
  • Optometry
  • Law
  • Pharmacy
  • Veterinary Medicine
  • Chiropractic Medicine

4. After completing steps 2 and 3 above, you can calculate your Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) Score here.

5. Then create your Express Entry profile by clicking here.

6. Express Entry draws typically take place every two weeks; if you qualify, you will be given the opportunity to apply for Canadian permanent residence.

7. Then you will accept the invitation, submit ALL proper documents. click here to see the list of the documents.

8.  If everything goes well and the background, security, and criminality checks are approved by IRCC as satisfactory, Expect your Confirmation of Permanent Residence (COPR) in 1-6 months.

9.  Get ready for your landing procedure in Canada with the help of your COPR. These are the steps you must take to become a permanent resident (PR). When you finally arrive in Canada, the next thing is to hear “Welcome to Canada!”

NB: The Express Entry system has 3 subcategories.

  • Federal Skilled Worker (FSW)
  • Canadian Experience Class (CEC)
  • Federal skilled Trades (FST)

If you click the links above you will see the differences in each of the sub-category.


FSW: For skilled workers with FOREIGN work experience.
CEC: For skilled workers with CANADIAN work experience.
FST: For skilled workers qualified in selected skilled TRADES.
Check the one you are eligible for among the three (3) subcategories.

The Federal Skilled Worker (FSW) subcategory will be used by the majority of applicants from outside of Canada. So pay attention to that, then make plans in accordance with that, follow the due process , and have patience.

Summarily, this is the step-by-step guide. We wish you the best of luck with your permanent residence application. And if you want us to partake in your Japa success story contact us now.

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