CELPIP And Express Entry

The Express Entry immigration selection system manages applications to any of Canada’s federal economic immigration programmes.

Getting in the Water

Under Express Entry, all potential immigrants must demonstrate their ability to communicate in English or French (or for extra points, both). This comprises natural English and French speakers from all walks of life, regardless of where they came from or what school they attended. Every point counts as candidates compete for the all-important invitation to apply (ITA) for permanent residency through Express Entry.

There are several methods to join the pool, with Canada offering three different Express Entry options. 

Federal Skilled Worker Class (FSWC): For workers who have been evaluated using a special FSWC points system. Individuals must score at least 67 out of 100 to be considered eligible. Language skill is worth up to 28 points, with up to 33 points available for those travelling with a spouse or common-law partner.

Federal Skilled Trades Class (FSTC): Tradespeople with suitable experience are encouraged to apply.

Canadian Experience Class (CEC): Individuals having continuing or recent work experience in Canada are eligible for the Canadian Experience Class (CEC).

Language requirements for entry into the Express Entry pool vary depending on which of the three programmes a person is eligible for.

Unlike the IELTS and TEF examinations, which use different scoring systems, CELPIP test results are graded on a scale of one to twelve, just like the Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLBs). The CLB necessary (the same as the CELPIP result required) to enter the pool is shown in the table below for each programme and language ability.