Apply for permanent residence through Express Entry

Before you apply

You can only apply for permanent residence through Express Entry if you’ve received an invitation to apply.

Once you have your invitation

Your Express Entry invitation to apply is valid for 60 days only. You should start filling out the online form right away so that you can get all the information and documents you need before your invitation expires.

If you took a French test from TEF Canada: Test d’évaluation de français between December 11, 2023 and May 6, 2024

If you took a French language test between December 11, 2023 and May 6, 2024 from TEF Canada: Test d’évaluation de français you may need to take action in your Express Entry profile.

CCI Paris Ile-de-France administers the TEF Canada language test for immigration to Canada. As part of ongoing improvements to the way French language is evaluated, CCI temporarily modified the Niveaux de compétence linguistique canadien (NCLC) to reflect raw scores.

This change has been reverted back to the Express Entry scoring grid we currently use.

Test results for each ability
NCLC Level Speaking (expression orale) Listening (compréhension de l’oral) Reading (compréhension de l’écrit) Writing (expression écrite)
10 393-450 316-360 263-300 393-450
9 371-392 298-315 248-262 371-392
8 349-370 280-297 233-247 349-370
7 310-348 249-279 207-232 310-348
6 271-309 217-248 181-206 271-309
5 226-270 181-216 151-180 226-270
4 181-225 145-180 121-150 181-225

If you were impacted by this scoring change, you’ll have received an email message from the CCI, notifying you of this change, and your updated score.

  • You’ll need to update your Express Entry profile with this new scoring information.
  • If you don’t, and you’re invited to apply, it could cause your application to be refused based on incorrect language scores.

If you’ve been invited to apply but have not yet submitted your application, please update your scores. If you find that you no longer meet the criteria, you should decline your invitation for that round.

If you’ve already applied for permanent residence, the Department may contact you to provide your updated test scores.

Follow these steps to fill out the online form:

When filling out the form:

  • make sure you submit all of the required documents
  • all of your answers must be complete and true
  • make sure all the mandatory fields are completed, or you won’t be able to submit your application
  • you can save your information on the form and go back as often as you need to


For your application: $1,525

Include your spouse: $1,525

Include a dependent child: $260

Processing time ?

Varies by program

You may need to give biometrics with your application. This processing time includes the time you need to give your biometrics.

If your work permit will expire soon

If your work permit expires before you submit your application and you didn’t apply for a new one yet, it may cause your score to drop.

This could happen if you got points for a job offer but the work permit associated with the job offer expired before you submitted your application. This could cause you to not be eligible anymore.

If your score has dropped below the minimum cut-off for your round of invitations, you should decline the invitation. If you submit your application anyway, we’ll refuse it.

If you decline, you’ll be put back in the pool. You should update your Express Entry profile to show the change in your work status.

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