Frequently asked questions about Express Entry's Comprehensive Ranking System.
Eligible candidates can submit a profile into the Express Entry pool, where they are ranked according the Comprehensive Ranking System criteria. The Government of Canada regularly issues Invitations to Apply (ITAs) for Canadian permanent residence to the highest ranked candidates through draws from the pool, and aims to process applications within six months.
- Obtaining the best language scores possible;
- Documenting their education and work experience correctly; and
- Taking proactive steps to pursue Provincial nominee programs, Canadian jobs or new credentials.
For more details on this, please visit our dedicated How to Improve Your CRS Score page.
For immigration purposes, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada will only accept ECAs obtained from one of the designated organizations listed below:
- Comparative Education Service: University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies
- International Credential Assessment Service of Canada
- World Education Services
- International Qualifications Assessment Service
- International Credential Evaluation Service
For specialist and family physicians, a report from the Medical Council of Canada is required for
- specialist physicians (NOC code 3111) and
- general practitioners/family physicians (NOC code 3112)
For pharmacists (NOC 3131) who require a license to practice, a report from the Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada is required if your job duties include caring for patients in a hospital pharmacy, long term care facility or community pharmacy.
If a pharmacist does not require a license to work, an assessment can be obtained from any other designated ECA organization.
This includes jobs that require a pharmacy degree, but do not require licensing, such as government jobs or the pharmaceutical industry. It is recommended that you contact the regulatory body in the destination province where you plan to reside for more details on whether or not a license is required.