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Canada Express Entry 2021: Eligibility, Documents, Cost & More

Express Entry is one of the best ways chosen by skilled immigrants for Permanent Residence. Here is a complete guide on how to get a Canadian Permanent Residency through the Express Entry. 

What is the Canada PR Express Entry?

Canada PR Express Entry is an online system and is very popular as it is the fastest way of seeking Canadian permanent residence.

The Express Entry draws are used to manage applications from skilled worker aspirants from around the globe. It is a

Types of Canada PR Programs

  • Federal Skilled Worker Program

The program is mainly referred to skilled workers with professional backgrounds. 

  • Federal Skilled Trades Program

The program is meant for people having experience in the industrial sector or trading.

  • Canadian Experience Class

The program is related to candidates having Canadian work experience. 

  • Provincial Nominee Programs

Provinces of Canada participate under the program to nominate candidates who are meeting its labor market needs.

  • Quebec Skilled Work Permit

This immigration program does not require a valid job offer from a Canadian employer.

Eligibility to Apply for Canada PR Express Entry


Eligibility depends on the below factors:

  • Age
  • The highest level of education
  • Language skills
  • Canadian work experience
  • Other work experience
  • Skill transferability

Express Entry candidates can get a PR within 6 months.

Minimum Points for Express Entry into Canada

The points are analyzed on five selection factors.

1. Age

Age Group

Maximum Points

18 - 35 years
























47 & Above



2. Education


Maximum Points

Doctoral or Ph.D. or equivalent

25 Points

Master’s degree 

23 Points

Two or more diplomas

22 Points

Canadian Post Secondary Degree or Bachelor’s degree 

21 Points

Canadian Post Secondary Degree 

19 Points

Canadian Post Secondary Degree or One year program

15 Points

Secondary Diploma – High School Graduation

5 Points


3. Work Experience

Work Experience


Above 6 years

15 Points

4-5 years

13 Points

2-3 Years

11 Points

1 Year

9 Points


4. Language Proficiency

First Language





CLB 9 and above















Less than CLB 7





For the second official language

Second Official Language


Minimum CLB 5 in all four language factors


At least CLB 4 or less



5. Adaptability


Maximum Points

Your spouse language skills

5 points

Previous Education was in Canada

5 points

If your spouse’s past education was in Canada

5 points

Past work experience in Canada

10 Points

If your spouse is having past work experience in Canada

5 Points

Arranged employment in Canada

5 Points

Relatives in Canada

5 Points


Express Entry immigration streams can help you get PR faster.

5 Ways to Improve your CRS Score for Canada Express Entry 


The possible pathways to improve your CRS score are:

1. Language Skills

Under the language factor, you can score maximum points of up to 260 CRS. Hence, you can prove proficiency in the two official languages to gain the maximum points.

2. Education

You can improve your educational experience so that you claim additional points for your CRS score. You can also obtain a Canadian Study Experience to significantly improve your overall score.

3. Spouse Adaptability

If you are traveling along with your spouse, you can include your spouse’s potential factors to increase the overall CRS score.

4. Nomination from PNP programs

You can check and apply for a Provincial Nominee program suitable for your profile. This will help you in receiving a nomination and improve your total score with an additional 600 points.

5. Canadian Employment

If you have an employment opportunity from a Canadian employer, then this can help you in increasing your total score by 50-200 points.

Costs Involved in Canada PR

Canada PR Process



Step 1: Educational Credential Assessment fee

CAD 220

INR 12,537

Courier charges approx

CAD 10

INR 570

Fast Express courier charges

CAD 85

INR 4844

Step 2: Express Entry Application 

This is free of cost

Step 3: Pay the application fees

Single applicant fee

CAD 1325 (Including visa fees and PR fees)

INR 75,505

Couple Applicant Fee

CAD 2650 + 500 (Right to PR Fee)

INR 1,51,010 + INR 28,493 (Right to PR Fee)

Dependent fee for Child

CAD 225 for each child

INR 12,822 for each child

Step 4: Complete your biometrics

For a single applicant

CAD 85

INR 4,844

For two or more applicants

CAD 170

INR 9,687

Step 5: Send your passport details

INR 1,000 to 2,500

If you already have a valid passport

Free of cost

Other Costs

Provincial Nominee Program



Ontario Immigration Nominee Program (OINP)

CAD 1500

INR 85,477

Saskatchewan Immigration Nominee Program (SINP)

CAD 350

INR 19,945

Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP)

CAD 500

INR 28,493

British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BCPNP)

CAD 1150

INR 65,532

Quebec Skilled Workers Program (QSWP)

Primary applicant: CAD 785

Spouse or Partner: CAD 168

Dependent Child: CAD 168

Primary applicant: INR 44,733

Spouse or Partner: INR 9574

Dependent Child: INR 9574

Language exam fees (IELTS)

INR 12,000 approx

Medical exam (varies depending on city)

INR 3,000

Police certificate(varies depending on your city)

INR 500


Proof of Funds for Canada Express Entry

Yes, it is essential to show proof of funds while processing your application through Express Entry. 

Here’s a breakdown for you:

Number of family members Funds required (in Canadian dollars) Approximate Amount in INR ( **Approx. 1 CAD$ - INR 60)
1 $13,213  INR 7,92,780
2 $16,449  INR 9,86,940
3 $20,222  INR 12,13,320
4 $24,553  INR 14,73,180
5 $27,847  INR 16,70,820
6 $31,407  INR 18,84,420
7 $34,967  INR 20,98,020
For each additional family member $3,560  INR 2,13,600

Other Important FAQs

Is the work experience necessary for Canada express entry?

Work Experience is one of the crucial factors when you are planning to migrate through Express Entry. The experience plays a vital role than a Canadian job offer.

  • With relevant and sufficient work experience, you will have higher chances of receiving an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for Canada PR from the IRCC.
  • As per the updates from November 2016, the points provided for employment have been changed. An Express Entry candidate can receive points ranging from 50 to 200 if having a valid job offer. 

What is the Express Entry pool?

The Express Entry pool is where people from around the world seeking permanent residence in Canada provide information. Eligible candidates hoping to be permanent residents are ranked using a points-based system. The CRS score is based upon the information provided in the profile.  

Do you need a job offer for express entry?

No, there is no mandatory requirement of Canadian employment to apply for Canada Express Entry system. 

How can I create an online Express Entry profile?

Undertake the following steps to create an online Express Entry profile:

  • Undergo the language efficiency test
  • Take a Foreign Education Credential Assessment evaluation
  • Determine your NOC (National Occupation Classification)
  • Determine your eligibility criterion for Express Entry immigration
  • Build your profile for the Express Entry system
  • Submit your Express Entry program profile

How long can a candidate stay in the Express Entry pool?

Candidates seeking permanent residence in Canada can stay in the Express Entry pool for up to one year from the date of entry. You can also re-submit your Express Entry profile after this in case you are still eligible.

Is it easy to get a provincial nomination in Canada?

Provincial nomination offered by the Canadian government’s directives to the provinces is comparatively easy for Canadian immgration. This is more so when you already have a job offer in a particular province.

What is the Canadian federal economic immigration program?

It is commonly known as the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP). This program offers permanent residence to foreign nationals with skilled work experience to come and live in Canada as permanent residents. This Canadian immigration program is designed to contribute to the economy.

Why do you need to take a language test for express entry?

The language test is an essential factor to be eligible candidates for the Canada Express Entry. It is mandatory for any skilled foreign worker aiming for Citizenship Canada PR to prove proficiency in English or French language ability. 

What is the validity of the Canada PR visa?

Normally, the Canada PR visa is valid for 5 years from the date of issue. But some PR visas are only valid for one year. The expiry date of the PR visa is mentioned on the card. You should renew your PR visa 6 months prior to the date of expiry. It can however be also used as a travel document after expiry. 

What are the Language Tests Accepted for Canada PR?

The First official Language: English

CELPIP: Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program

IELTS: International English Language Testing System

Need to take up the CELPIP-General test

Must take up the General Training option

General – LS test for Express Entry is not accepted

Academic option for Express Entry is not accepted


The Second Official Language: French

TEF Canada : Test devaluation de Francis

TCF Canada: Test de connaissance du Francis

This includes:

  • comprehension de l’écrit
  • comprehension de Loral
  • expression eucrite
  • expression orals

This includes:

  • comprehension de l’écrit
  • comprehension de Loral
  • expression eucrite
  • expression oracle



Tips to remember when applying for Canada PR:

  • The need to demonstrate required settlement funds: If you plan your migration with the Federal Skilled Worker Class or Federal Skilled Trade Class, you should prove sufficient funds to support your application.
  • Accurate information about travel history, personal details, address, etc.: You need to provide every aspect of yours when you are processing with the Canadian officials. 
  • Must provide clear details if holding a Job offer: If you have a job offer from a Canadian employer, then make sure that the offer you received is matching with the information expected by the IRCC.
  • Information on your Express Entry Profile: Every detail you mention in the Online Express Entry Profile will be considered for your PR application.

Educational Credential Assessment: There is no particular rule for a candidate migrating through a Federal Skilled Trade Class (FSTC) and Canadian Experience Class (CEC) to get their ECA done.

How Can Kansas Overseas Help You?

Kansas Overseas Careers is the best visa consultant in India. 

We specialize in Permanent Residency Visas, Work Visas, Study Visas, Temporary visas, and Dependent Visas to Canada, UK, USA, Germany, and Hong Kong. 

Our Customized services for Canada PR via Express Entry include:

  • Profile Evaluation: Professional guidance based on an in-depth assessment of the client profile to determine chances of visa success. 
  • Documents & Review: Detailed, error-free documentation based on the visa type drafted to meet specific formats.
  • Dedicated Case Officer: A dedicated consultant to assist clients throughout the process.
  • Visa Filing: Kansas ensures that the visa applications meet all the standard requirements of concerned immigration authorities and governing bodies.
  • Test Preparations: Complimentary online courses are offered to help aspirants improve their Language Proficiency for important exams like IELTS, French, TOEFL, and PTE.
  • Visa & Interview: Guidance is provided for aspirants attending visa interviews along with verified documents.  
  • Post-Landing Service: Kansas helps clients settle down in the new country with a comfortable stay after they have received their visas.

Additional services offered to job-seekers:

  • Resume Writing: Dedicated team of resume experts to craft the best resumes that meet prerequisites of immigration authorities and potential employers. This greatly improves their chances of selection.
  • Profile Marketing: Kansas is well-known for creating the best-in-class portfolios that boost applicant profiles in job-portals. And yes, this is a complimentary service!

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Topics: Migrate, Canada

Y Sindhura
Y Sindhura

With 8 years of experience in the overseas division, Sindhura is a specialist in Canada, Australia, UK and Germany visa process.



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