Canadian Express Entry: What Is It?

As the name of the blog suggests, a big chunk of this space will be used to chronicle and share my hopeful move to Canada from the Philippines with my fiancee by the end of the year or early next year. We’ve actually already done most of the work required towards getting invited to apply to become a Canadian Permanent Resident (PR) and I plan on using the next series of posts to share all the steps and things that we had to do to get this far.

Before we get to those though, I think we need to talk about the complex backbone of the immigration system of Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC), Express Entry.

What is Express Entry?

Basically, Express Entry is CIC’s way of making sure that it allows the people with the best chance to succeed and acclimate in Canada to immigrate. It does this by taking all your “assets” (age, education, job experience, English proficiency, etc.), assigns weights and points to them and then calculates a point total for you.

CIC will then conduct a draw with a set minimum number of points and everyone that has points greater than the minimum will get invited to apply for a PR Card. For example, let’s say that after evaluating your credentials, Express Entry assigns you a total of 461 points. Looking at the latest CIC draw last December 18, 2015, the minimum number of points required to be invited to apply for PR was 460 points.

CIC Express Entry Round of Invitations

Since 461 is above the 460 minimum points required, then you would’ve already been issued an invitation to apply to become a Permanent Resident of Canada! Congratulations!

Invited to apply? So I need more than having the enough points?

Yep! Getting invited to apply is basically just having one foot in the door. After getting the official invitation, you will then have to go through some medical and background checks. It should go without saying that you shouldn’t lie or falsify any of your documents – people have been caught doing this and have lost their once in a lifetime chance… Anyway, if everything goes well, then your Permanent Resident Card will be mailed to you within 3-6 months (that’s the last timeline I heard, it may have changed now).

Personally, I haven’t been invited to apply for PR yet. Crossing my fingers that it happens soon!

What happens after I get my PR Card?

Pack your bags, book a one way ticket and change your life!

Fine, that’s not the only option if you can’t immediately move or you have to come back to the Philippines for an extended period of time, but we’ll discuss that in a later post.

So that’s it for now, hope this post has been clear enough to help you understand Citizenship and Immigration Canada and Express Entry (if ever that’s what you came here for). If there’s anything you want to ask, feel free to leave a comment below and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can! Alternatively, I’ve also set up a Twitter account @tropics2rockies, so we can also talk there. 🙂


Next up, we start taking a look at the key components making up your Express Entry point total. Look out for that in the coming days!

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