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How to create a Canada Express Entry Profile?

Posted on December 16, 2021
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How to create a Canada Express Entry Profile

Canada’s Express Entry is an online application management system. Express Entry offers a pathway to Canadian permanent residence to skilled workers that might be in Canada or overseas.

The federal Express Entry system has a standard processing time of within six months, from the date of submitting a complete application.

Applications for three of the main economic immigration programs of Canada are managed through Express Entry. These are – the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), the Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP), and the Canadian Experience Class (CEC).

While the FSWP is specifically for skilled workers, the FSTP is for those seeking Canada PR visa through Express Entry on the basis of their being skilled in a trade. The CEC, on the other hand, is for those with previous, and recent, Canadian work experience.

Provinces and territories in Canada – with the exception of Quebec and Nunavut – can also recruit candidates from the Express Entry pool through the Canadian Provincial Nominee Program (PNP).

So, you are looking to immigrate to Canada through Express Entry? Let’s find out how to create an Express Entry profile.

Am I eligible for Express Entry?

67 points will be needed to be able to apply for Canadian permanent residence through the federal Express Entry system.

The first step of the process is that of going to the official website of the department of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) of the government of Canada.

STEP 1: Sign-in or create an IRCC account.

If creating an account with IRCC for the first time, you will have to sign-up for a GC Key. Once your GC Key sign-up is complete, you can proceed further.

On being asked for the Personal Reference Code, you will have to click on Express Entry so that your eligibility for the same can be determined.

STEP 2: Checking eligibility

Here, you will be asked as to which province or territory in Canada do you plan to live in. You can select ‘all’ if there is no specific preference as such.

Language test results

Language test results – that is, the IELTS or CELPIP for the English language – will have to be entered at this point.

Do keep in mind that you must have your language tests with you well before the creation of your Express Entry profile.

The date that you appeared for the test will also have to be entered.

Results of each of the four abilities assessed – Speaking, Reading, Listening, and Writing – will have to be provided. This has to be the exact score. The score cannot be an estimation or a conjecture.

Other language test results, if any, will also have to be given.

Work experience

Now, you will have to enter information regarding the skilled work experience that you possess. You will be asked the years of skilled work experience, in the previous three years, that you have in Canada.

After this, you will be asked about the skilled work experience that you have in the last 10 years. For this, the work experience should be “continuous, paid, full-time (or an equal amount in part-time) and in only 1 occupation”.

The 4-digit unique occupation code for your profession, as per the National Occupational Classification (NOC) matrix, will be required. Each of the jobs available in the Canadian labour market has a code, referred to as the NOC code of that profession.

Whether or not you have a certificate of qualification from any Canadian province will also have to specified.

Proof of funds

Here, you will have to enter the total amount in Canadian dollars that you intend bringing to Canada with you. The proof of funds requirement will be as per the number of family members.

Job Offer

To mention if you have a valid job offer from a Canadian employer.

ECA Report

Details of Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) Report to be entered, in case of an overseas education.

The ECA Report must be for immigration purpose. The ECA must also have been done by any of the IRCC-approved agencies – such as the World Education Services (WES) – within the last five years.

Connection to Canada, if any

Here, you will have to check all that apply:

  • Studied in Canada full time for two years or more
  • Two years’ work experience in Canada
  • Relative in Canada
  • None of the above

Marital status

Here, details of spouse will be asked for, such as – IELTS score of spouse etc.

Results: After you have entered all the information and if found to be eligible for Express Entry, you will get your results.

If eligible, you will be intimated “Based on your results, you appear to be eligible for Express Entry”.

Creating an Express Entry profile

Now comes the profile creation part.

Here, you will be asked for the following details –

  • Name, as on passport or national identity document
  • Last name
  • First name
  • Gender
  • Date of birth
  • Marital status

IRCC will require you to complete your Canada Express Entry online application by filling up each of the six sections given for Express Entry profile creation. You must click “Start Form” to proceed.

I – Application / Profile details

·       Last name

·       First name

·       Gender

·       Date of birth

·       Country of birth

·       City of birth

·       Town of birth

·       Marital status

·       Passport Number / document ID type (document number, country of issue, issue date, expiry date)

·       Have you applied to IRCC before?

·       Country of citizenship

·       Country of residence

·       Family members you have (includes – self, spouse, dependent children, dependent children of spouse)

·       Money, in Canadian dollars, that you will bring to Canada to support yourself and your family. Proof of funds requirement will have to be met, even if the family members will not be accompanying you to Canada.

·       A relative who is a permanent resident or citizen of Canada



II – Contact details

·       Language of correspondence

·       Email address



III – Study and language

Section 1: Study

·       Education history

·       Field of study

·       Since what year

·       This is my current study

·       Complete / full academic years

·       Full time / part time study

·       Standing at the end of the study period (that is, acquired a certificate, degree etc.)

·       Country of study

·       City / town of study

·       Name of school / institution

·       Level of education

·       Was awarded Canadian degree / diploma / certificate

·       ECA within the five years

·       Organization that issued the ECA

·       Date of issue of ECA

·       Level of education (Canadian equivalent) shown on ECA

·       ECA certificate number (important – this number will be cross-checked by IRCC)

Section 2: Official language assessment

·       Taken test (yes/no)

·       Language test type

·       Language test version

·       Date of the test

·       Date of the test results

·       Language test results (form or certificate number)

·       Results in each of the abilities assessed (Speaking, reading, Listening, and Writing)

·       Test to assess skills in the French language



IV – Application details

·       Provinces and territories of interest (can select ‘all’)

·       Authorize the provinces to go through your profile (for their PNP)

·       Have you received a Nomination Certificate from a province or territory?



V – Representative

An applicant can appoint a person on their behalf to prepare the application.

This can be either a representative or a designated individual.



VI – Work history

Your present and previous jobs will be assessed for eligibility.

·       NOC code to be entered

·       When did you become qualified to practice this profession (that is, the date you cleared the exam)

·       Do you have a certificate of qualification from a Canadian province or territory?

·       Do you have a job offer in Canada?

·       Education and work experience recognition in Canada:

·       Have you looked for a job in Canada in your primary occupation?

·       Have you checked to see if your work experience (in your primary occupation) and education would be accepted in Canada?

·       With whom did you check? Mark all that apply:

1. Employer when I applied for a job

2. Work-related or professional organization

3. School

4. Friend / relative / host / sponsor

5. Immigration or visa officer

6. An immigration lawyer or consultant

7. An organization that provides settlement or immigration employment services

·       Do you know if your primary occupation or trade is regulated in Canada?

Some jobs are regulated in Canada. A license or certification will be required to practice these jobs in Canada.




Declaration and electronic signature

Cross-check all the information entered by you. The information provided must be complete and correct. No section should be left blank. If not applicable, simply put in N/A.

Next steps

STEP 1: Receive a message in your IRCC account

STEP 2: IRCC will reach out to you –

·       If further information is needed, or

·       A decision is reached

STEP 3: Processing times given by IRCC

STEP 4: Rate your experience with IRCC. A message will be sent to your inbox.

Log out

Do keep in mind that providing incorrect information while creating a Canada Express Entry profile or at the time of visa application submission will lead to rejection.

Submitting fake documents can also get you blacklisted by the Government of Canada. If you are declaring something in your Express Entry application, you will be required to provide the supporting documentation as well.


If you are looking to Study, Work, Visit, Invest or Migrate to Canada, talk to Y-Axis, the World’s No.1 Immigration & Visa Company.

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