What Are the Requirements to Move to Canada?

Requirements to Move to Canada

In 2020, Canada was ranked second as the best country (overall) in the world by the U.S. News, dominating the rankings with high scores in the quality of life, citizenship, and business categories.

Some other important factors that make Canada an attractive country on the global stage are its multicultural population and welcoming immigration policies. Moving to a new country is not only a huge life decision but also requires a substantial financial commitment.


In order to enter the federal Express Entry pool, candidates must first create an Express Entry profile. Also, you must meet the eligibility requirements for one of the three programs. They include the Federal Skilled Worker Class; the Federal Skilled Trades Class; and the Canadian Experience Class.

A job offer is not required to enter or be selected from the Express Entry pool. However, additional Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score points are awarded to those who already have a job.

A candidate’s CRS score is based on factors such as age, education, skilled work experience, and proficiency in English or French. An individual applicant or a couple may get CRS points. Candidates do not need to have any experience in Canada in order to get ITA for permanent residence.

You need documents, such as language test results, to show that you’re eligible for Express Entry. However, note that some documents take a long time to get, so you should get them ready now.

If you’re eligible, IRCC will accept you, and register you into the Express Entry pool of candidates.

You’ll be ranked in the Express Entry pool using the CRS points-based system. Your score is based on the information in your profile.

  • Quickly Check your CRS score with our simple FREE CRS Score calculator.
  • THEN use the more detailed official Canada government CRS Score form for Free.
  • THEN create your official Canada government Express Entry Profile.
  • IRCC will send Invitations to Apply (ITA) to the candidates with the highest scores in the pool. If IRCC invites you to apply, you’ll have 60 days to submit your application for permanent residence.

IRCC processes complete applications that have all the supporting documents in 6 months or less.

Documents Needed for Express Entry

You need certain documents at different stages of the Express Entry application process.

You do not need to upload documents to submit a profile. However, you may need information from some or all of these documents:

  • passport or travel document
  • language test results
  • education credential assessment report if
    • you are applying through the Federal Skilled Workers program, or
    • Do you want to get points for the education you got outside Canada?
  • provincial nomination (if you have one)
  • written job offers from an employer in Canada (if you have one)

Documents Needed for Permanent Residency

You must upload the documents referenced in your profile.

Most applicants will also need to upload the following:

  • police certificates;
  • medical exams;
  • proof of funds.

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