Express Entry is not an immigration program in itself, it is actually an online system created to manage Canada’s immigration applications intake.
Applicants who meet eligibility criteria submit an online profile known as an Expression of interest (EOI), under one of 3 federal Canada immigration programs or a participating provincial immigration program, to the Express Entry Pool.
Candidates’ profiles are ranked against each other according to a points-based system called the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS).
The highest-ranked candidates will be considered for an invitation to apply (ITA) for permanent residence. Those receiving an ITA must quickly submit a full application and pay the processing fees, within a delay of 60-days.
The federal government aims to process complete PR applications in only 6 months.
Which Programs Are Covered by Express Entry?
Federal Skilled Worker Program