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Compare all Express Entry programs

Express Entry is an online system that we use to manage applications for permanent residence for 3 programs:

  • Federal Skilled Worker Program
  • Federal Skilled Trades Program
  • Canadian Experience Class

Compare the key differences between the programs or choose a specific program to get more details about eligibility.

Before you compare programs, here are 2 terms you need to know:Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB)National Occupation Classification (NOC) code

Eligibility criteria for Express Entry

Eligibility criteriaCanadian Experience ClassFederal Skilled Worker ProgramFederal Skilled Trades Program
Language skillsEnglish or French skillsCLB 7 for TEER 0 or TEER 1 occupationsCLB 5 for TEER 2 or TEER 3 occupationsEnglish or French skillsCLB 7English or French skillsCLB 5 for speaking and listeningCLB 4 for reading and writing
Type/Level of work experienceCanadian work experience in an occupation listed in 1 or more of these NOC TEER Categories:TEER 0TEER 1TEER 2TEER 3Work experience in an occupation listed in 1 of these NOC TEER Categories:TEER 0TEER 1TEER 2TEER 3Work experience in a skilled trade under key groups of TEER 2 or TEER 3:Major Group 72, technical trades and transportation officers and controllers, excluding Sub-Major Group 726, transportation officers and controllersMajor Group 73, general tradesMajor Group 82, supervisors in natural resources, agriculture and related productionMajor Group 83, occupations in natural resources and related productionMajor Group 92, processing, manufacturing and utilities supervisors, and utilities operators and controllersMajor Group 93, central control and process operators and aircraft assembly assemblers and inspectors, excluding Sub-Major Group 932, aircraft assemblers and aircraft assembly inspectorsMinor Group 6320, cooks, butchers and bakersUnit Group 62200, chefs
Amount of work experienceOne year in Canada in the last 3 years (either combination of full-time or part-time work)One year continuous within the last 10 years (combination of part-time, full-time or more than 1 job in your primary occupation)Two years within last 5 years (either combination of full-time or part-time work)
Job offerNot required.Not required.But you can get selection criteria (FSW) points for having a valid job offer.Required:a valid job offer of full-time employment for a total period of at least 1 year orcertificate of qualification in that skilled trade issued by a Canadian provincial, territorial or federal authority
EducationNot required.Secondary education required.You can get more selection criteria (FSW) points for your post-secondary education.Not required.

Source: https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/immigrate-canada/express-entry/eligibility/compare.html

As seen on 10/09/2023