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If you want to come to Canada as a skilled immigrant, your first step is to submit your profile to the Express Entry pool.

If you’re eligible, we will:

  • place you in a pool with others who are also eligible
  • give you a score and rank you using several factors
  • invite you to apply to be a permanent resident of Canada (if you’re one of the top candidates)

You can only apply online if we send you an invitation to apply.

Completing an online Express Entry profile or entering the pool doesn’t guarantee that we’ll invite you to apply for permanent residence.

Eligibility questions

Answer a few questions to see if you’re eligible for Express Entry. It’ll take you about 15 minutes.

If you’re married or have a common-law partner, one of you must be the main or principal applicant. This person will submit a profile and list the spouse or partner.

The principal applicant should be the one of you most likely to:

You won’t be asked to enter information about your dependent children when you create an Express Entry profile. We’ll only ask you for this information if you’re invited to apply for permanent residence.

This tool gives you a number at the end (a personal reference code). The code looks like this: JM1234567890. Use this number to move your information from the tool to your Express Entry profile.

Create your Express Entry profile

If you’re eligible, the tool will send you to your online account to fill out an Express Entry profile.

  1. Follow the instructions to create an account (if you don’t already have one).
  2. Enter your personal reference code when it prompts you (only if you have one).
  3. Enter your personal details.

Create or sign in to your account

To complete your profile, you’ll need:

  • information from certain documents (for example, language test results)
  • your NOC job title and code

You may exit the profile at any time. Your information will be saved in your account.

You have 60 days to complete and submit your Express Entry profile. Otherwise, you’ll have to start again.

Once you’ve filled out your profile, you can submit it online. Based on the information you enter, we’ll figure out which program(s) under Express Entry you’re eligible for and may be invited to apply to.

You can’t choose which program you prefer when you create your profile.

Find out what happens if you’re eligible for more than one program.

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