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The Ideal Candidate for Canadian Express Entry

The Ideal Candidate for Canadian Express Entry

The Ideal Candidate for Canadian Express Entry

Initiated in 2015, the Express Entry system was created to attract candidates who are likely to succeed and make valuable contributions to Canadian society and economy. 

Nowadays, it has become one of the most popular and most competitive immigration pathways. In 2019 alone, 332,331 expressions of interest were submitted to the Express Entry pool of candidates and 85,300 invitations to apply for Canadian permanent residence were issued. 

Express Entry is considered one of the fastest ways to obtain Canadian permanent residency. Candidates are ranked against the passing score, which changes every 2 weeks, with only the top tier receiving invitations to apply for Canadian permanent residence (ITAs). Every year, the Express Entry system is flooded with more invitations than the previous year, which means it is becoming increasingly competitive. 

The Canadian government uses the Express Entry system to identify top candidates who they feel will make a positive contribution to the country. Strong candidates are young, educated individuals with several years of work experience and fluency in either English or French.

The Ideal Candidate for Canadian Express Entry:


The younger the better. Young candidates in the early stages of their careers can contribute to the economy for decades to come. The ideal Express Entry candidate is under 30.


A bachelor’s degree alone is unlikely to get you far in the Express Entry selection process. The Canadian immigration authorities are looking for candidates with master’s degrees, PhDs, or even two degrees. If you’ve done part of your schooling in Canada and hold a Canadian degree, you’ll have an advantage. Candidates with a Canadian education stand out among the rest and are more likely to receive an invitation to apply for Canadian permanent residence.

Work Experience

A few years of related work experience demonstrates that you are capable of being hired in your field while also demonstrating your work dedication. Having at least 3 years of work experience is ideal. Canadian work experience is particularly valuable, and if you have this you will be considered a strong candidate. 

Language Skills

English and French are the 2 official Canadian languages. A score of 8 or 9 on the IELTS scale for each component in English (listening, reading, writing, and speaking) is favourable. Having French language proficiency will help you score additional points.

While Express Entry is highly competitive, Canada continues to extend more ITAs every year. For qualified candidates, this immigration pathway is the quickest and easiest way to obtain permanent residence, and begin building a new life in Canada. 

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