How to Create an Express Entry profile to apply for the Federal Skilled Worker Program
Creating an Express Entry profile is the first step towards applying for permanent residence in Canada under the Federal Skilled Worker Program. By carefully completing your profile and submitting it to the pool of eligible candidates you can increase your chances of being invited to apply for permanent residence and starting a new life in Canada.
Follow these steps to create an Express Entry profile
Step 1: Determine Eligibility
Before creating an Express Entry profile, you should determine if you are eligible to apply for the Federal Skilled Worker Program. The eligibility requirements include having at least one year of skilled work experience on one of the occupations listed on the Canada NOC List (National Occupation Classification). You will need to meet the minimum language proficiency level and having enough funds to support yourself and any accompanying family members. You should also have your foreign education assessed to ensure that it is equivalent to Canadian education standards. Organizations like WES can help with your Educational Credential Assessment (ECA).
Here are the contact details for some of the organizations that provide Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) services in Canada:
Comparative Education Service – University of Toronto:
International Credential Assessment Service of Canada:
World Education Services:
International Qualifications Assessment Service:
Medical Council of Canada:
Step 2: Create an IRCC Account
To create an Express Entry profile, you will need to create an account with Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). You can create an account on the IRCC website by providing your personal information and creating a username and password.
Here is a step-by-step guide to create an IRCC account
- Go to the IRCC website and click on “Sign-In Partner Login / Create an Account”.
- Choose a Sign-In Partner. You can choose from one of the following:
a. Sign in with a bank
b. Sign in with a GCKey
- If you choose to sign in with a bank, you will be redirected to the bank’s website to enter your credentials.
- If you choose to sign in with a GCKey, click on “Continue to GCKey” and follow the instructions to create a new account.
- Once you have created your account, sign in to your account and click on “Continue to MyCIC”.
- Click on “Express Entry” and then on “Get Started”.
- Follow the instructions and complete your Express Entry profile.
- Once your profile is complete, you will receive a score based on the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS).
- If you meet the minimum CRS score requirement, you will be placed in the Express Entry pool.
- If you are invited to apply for permanent residency, you will receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) in your account.
- Log in to your account and accept the ITA within the given time period.
- Complete and submit your permanent residency application along with all the required documents.
- Wait for a decision from IRCC.
- By following these steps, you can create an IRCC account and lodge an Express Entry application.
Step 3: Fill Out the Online Profile
Once you have created an account, you can fill out the online Express Entry profile. This profile will include information about your work experience, education, language proficiency, and other personal details. You will also need to provide your National Occupational Classification (NOC) code which describes your occupation and the skills required for your job.
The exact questions on the Express Entry profile are as follows:
- Full name
- Date of birth
- Country of birth
- Marital status
- Email address
- Phone number
- Mailing address
- First language (mother tongue)
- Second language
- Reading, writing, listening, and speaking proficiency levels
- Highest level of education completed
- Field of study
- Name of institution
- Date of graduation
- Type of work
- Duration of employment
- Name of employer
- Work location
- Family members
- Criminal history
- Travel history
- Settlement funds
- Job title
- NOC code
- Duration of job offer
- Name of employer
- Work location
- Which province or territory you are interested in
- Your connection to the province or territory
These extensive questions are used to determine your eligibility for immigration to Canada through the Federal Skilled Worker Program via Express Entry. The information you provide will be used to calculate your Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score which is used to rank you against other candidates in the Express Entry pool. The highest-ranked candidates are invited to apply for permanent residency.
Step 4: Obtain Language Exam Results
To be eligible for the Federal Skilled Worker Program you must demonstrate your language proficiency in English or French by taking a language exam. You will need to provide the exam results as part of your Express Entry profile. The language exam results must be less than two years old at the time you submit your application.
Step 5: Obtain an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA)
If you completed your education outside of Canada, you will need to have your education assessed to determine its equivalency to Canadian education standards. This assessment is called an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA), and you will need to provide the assessment results as part of your Express Entry profile.
Step 6: Create a Job Match Account
To improve your chances of being invited to apply for permanent residence, you can create a Job Match account on the Government of Canada’s Job Bank website. This account will allow you to create a job seeker profile and match your skills and experience with Canadian job opportunities.
Step 7: Submit Your Express Entry Profile
Once you have completed your Express Entry profile, you can submit it to the pool of eligible candidates. Your profile will be ranked based on the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) which awards points for factors such as age, language proficiency, education, and work experience. If you meet the minimum CRS score for the most recent draw you may receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residence.