Express Entry FAQ: Candidates

Express Entry is an electronic management application system for immigration to Canada.
It is not an immigration program. Rather, it facilitates the selection and processing of Canada’s economic immigration programs:

  • the Federal Skilled Worker Class (formerly the Federal Skilled Worker Program)
  • the Federal Skilled Trades Class (formerly the Federal Skilled Trades Program)
  • the Canadian Experience Class, and
  • a portion of the Provincial Nominee Programs.

Applicants make an "expression of interest" (EOI) in immigrating to Canada and, if they are eligible for at least one of the aforementioned programs, they then enter the Express Entry pool. The federal government and provincial governments, as well as Canadian employers, are then able to select candidates from this pool who will then receive an Invitation To Apply (ITA) for immigration to Canada under one of the programs. Express Entry moves Canada from a first come, first served (or supply-driven) system to an invitation to apply (or demand-driven) system. Modeled on similar systems in use in Australia and New Zealand, Express Entry aims to fast track the processing of skilled immigrants deemed most likely to succeed in Canada.