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How to create Express Entry profile for your Canada PR Application

Because you are reading this article, you probably want to create your Canada Express Entry profile to immigrate to Canada.

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) uses the Express Entry system to manage Canada immigration applications.

Express Entry is the fastest and most popular pathway for newcomers seeking a new life in Canada. Express Entry organizes and processes applications for people who wish to immigrate to Canada permanently.

Steps to create Express Entry profile

In order to create an Express Entry profile, applicants must follow a number of steps.

Step 1: Take a Language Test

Overall, Express Entry system requires applicants to prove their knowledge in at least one of Canada’s two official languages, English or French.

Applicants must therefore complete a government-approved language test and include the test results in their profile.

Step 2: Assess Your Foreign Education Credentials

If you had your education outside of Canada, have your diplomas assessed to a similar Canadian education.

Obtaining a credential assessment is mandatory for anyone who wants to immigrate to Canada under the Federal Skilled Worker Program.

The assessment is NOT mandatory if the applicant is applying under the Federal Skilled Trade Program or the Canadian Experience Class.

While a credential assessment is not mandatory for all Express Entry programs, assessment can greatly increase an applicant’s chances of success.

For example, CEC candidates may enter the pool without an ECA or Canadian credential.  As a result some CEC candidates might enter the pool (without ECA assessment of course), sit back, and wait for an ITA.

They could be waiting a long time, however, and in vain.  Instead, they should be boosting their score by having their level(s) of education assessed.

Doing so can bring up to 200 points—150 for human capital, with a bonus 50 in combination with Canadian work experience and/or language ability.

Step 3: Determine Your National Occupation Classification (NOC)

All applicants must show that their work experience meets the definition of an occupation in Canada’s National Occupation Classification database.

Note: Only applicants with the following types of work experience may apply for immigration under the Express Entry System.

1. Skill Type 0 (Management Jobs)

2. Skill Level A (Professional Jobs)

3. Level B (Technical Jobs and Skilled Trades)

Step 4: Determine Your Eligibility for Express Entry Immigration

IRCC’s website contains an online tool to help applicants determine whether or not they are eligible to use the Express Entry system. You must use this tool before you create your Express Entry profile.

Note: In order to use the tool, applicants must:

You can quickly use our own simpler CRS Score Calculator before using the IRCC’s more detailed and more accurate tool.

Step 5: Build your Express Entry profile

If the online tool determines that you are eligible to apply for Express Entry immigration, you can begin building your Express Entry profile. Go to Create your Express Entry profile on Canada government website.

Overall, applicants must provide the following information in their Express Entry profiles

  • Identity and age
  • Contact Information
  • A detailed account of their educational history
  • A detailed account of their work experience
  • Language proficiency
  • Factors that facilitate their adaptability to life in Canada
  • Family composition
  • Information on their spouse or common-law partner, if applicable

In order to successfully complete your Express Entry profile, you must also have in hand:

  • Their passport or travel document
  • The title and code of the occupation that best describes their work experience as stated in the National Occupation Classification Database.
  • Language test results.
  • Foreign Educational Credential assessment result, if necessary.
  • A copy of a written job offer from a Canadian employer (if the applicant has been offered a job).
  • Proof of provincial nomination for permanent residence (if the candidate has received a provincial nomination).
  • Personal reference code from IRCC’s online eligibility verification tool (see step 4 above). All applicants will receive a reference code upon the successful use of the online tool.

Step 6: Submit Your Express Entry Profile

After you created the profile you will see the button to submit it to IRCC.

Thereafter, IRCCO will send you

  • An Express Entry profile number, and
  • A job seeker validation code

Applicants will need these numbers if:

  • They will be registering for the Job Bank (see below)
  • They have received nominations for permanent residence from a provincial or territorial government.

If your profile fulfills all criteria for any of the Express Entry, IRCC places into the Express Entry candidate pool.

Most importantly, placement into the pool does not mean that you will automatically be invited to apply for permanent residence.

You score points from your core human capital and personal information.

Canada’s Express Entry immigration system is competitive. IRCC issues Invitations to Apply (ITAs) for PR to only a limited number of candidates with the highest CRS points in the pool.

IRCC assesses applicants in the pool based on their score using the Comprehensive Ranking System.

You get an invitation only if your CRS score meets the lowest score that IRCC sets for any particular Express Entry draw.

Step 7: Update Your Information regularly

You must update your Express Entry profile in order to keep it accurate. By doing so you avoid disqualification due to misrepresentation.

You also get more points on your factors that have improved.

Your Express Entry profile remains valid for one year. However, an Express Entry profile could become invalid before one year passes if you no longer meet relevant Express Entry criteria

You must certainly update if for instance

  • The nature of your work experience changes
  • You receive new language test results
  • You obtain a new educational diploma
  • There is a change in your family composition. For example birth, death, marriage, divorce, a child in the family is no longer a dependent

An Express Entry profile remains valid even if a candidate updates the information on the profile.

If one year passes without a candidate receiving an invitation to apply for permanent residence, IRCC will delete the profile from the pool.

Note. Applicants who decline an invitation to apply for permanent residence will see their profiles become valid again

VIDEO: How to Create Your Express Entry Profile

This video is also available in HD on YouTube where you can leave a question/comment, share it on your social network or embed it into your site. Watch it now below.

Transcript: “Immigrate to Canada: How to create an Express Entry profile”

Video length: 4:42 minutes

NARRATOR: Canada welcomes immigrants from around the world for their experience, skills and ability to contribute to Canada’s economy. They also bring diversity and help build vibrant communities.

  • If you are an experienced professional or skilled worker, and you want to come to Canada permanently, take advantage of the Express Entry system.
  • This video will help you create an online Express Entry profile – the first step in the process.
  • In your profile, you will tell us about your skills, work experience, language ability, education, and other details.
  • If you meet the criteria, you will be placed in the Express Entry pool. You will get points and given a score based on the information in your profile.

Text displays: “EXPRESS ENTRY POOL”.

NARRATOR: Your score will be used to determine your position in the pool. The top candidates in the pool are then invited to apply for permanent residence.

Text displays: “INVITED CANDIDATES”.

Text displays against a white background: “STEP ONE – Check Your Eligibility”.

Video Continues …

NARRATOR: Start by using the Come to Canada online tool to see if you meet the criteria to get into the Express Entry pool. This step will take about 15 minutes to complete.

NARRATOR: We need to know your language ability in English or French. You’ll have to take a language test at one of the approved testing agencies before filling out your profile

Have these things ready:

  1. Your language test results; and
  2. The skill type of the job your work experience is in and, if different, the job you plan to have in Canada

Text displays: “National Occupational Classification – NOC”.

NARRATOR: Find the skill type of your job in Canada’s job classification system (the National Occupational Classification or NOC). Use our online tool at

Text displays above the diploma: “Educational Credential Assessment”.

NARRATOR: If you want to get points for the education you got outside of Canada, you will need an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA). You can learn more about ECAs and the organizations that offer them by visiting our website.

NARRATOR: After you have finished entering in all of your info in the Come to Canada Tool, and if you got a positive result, a reference code will show on the screen.

NARRATOR: Write this code down. You will need it later when you go to build your Express Entry profile.

Text displays on a white background: “STEP TWO – Gathering Your Information”.

Video continues …

NARRATOR: The next step is to gather the other things you will need to fill out your Express Entry profile. This may take some time so start getting your information together right away.

NARRATOR: You will need:

  1. Your personal reference code from the Come to Canada tool
  2. Where you have lived over the last 10 years or since the age of 18
  3. Details about your work experience for the last 10 years or since the age of 18, such as dates of work (start and end), contact (including address), and hours of work per week
  4. Your passport information
  5. If you have one, a copy of your written job offer from an employer in Canada
  6. Information about family including dependent children.

If you have a spouse, you will need his or her information, including their language assessment and education assessment if available.

NARRATOR: If you have any questions while filling out your profile, look for the question mark (?) button and click it.

NARRATOR: Remember, filling out a profile is not the same as applying for permanent residence. If we invite you to apply, you will still need to fill out your online application.

NARRATOR: If you get an invitation to apply for permanent residence, we will ask for proof of the information you gave us in your Express Entry profile.

Text displays on a white background: “Useful Tips”.

Video continues …

NARRATOR: Remember:

  • Be completely truthful in your profile. We can refuse your application if the information in your profile is different from what you submit in your application.
  • If you have any questions while filling out your profile, you can find more information by clicking the button that looks like a question mark (?)
  • Visit our online Help Centre if you have any other questions

NARRATOR: An important note: completing an online Express Entry profile or entering the pool does not guarantee that you will get an Invitation to Apply… it is only the first step.

Text further displays: “REMEMBER: Have all your information and documents ready before you fill out your profile.”

NARRATOR: A final reminder: having the correct information and documents before you fill out your profile will speed up the overall process. It also reduces the chance that your profile will be rejected because it is incomplete.

NARRATOR: You’re now ready! Start your Express Entry profile today at!

Create your profile now on Canada government website.

SEE ALSO Express Entry CRS Points Calculator