For those seeking a fresh start in Canada, Express Entry is the quickest and most popular option. Express Entry is a system for organizing and processing applications for those who want to permanently relocate to Canada.
How to Begin Using Express Entry
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How can I go about applying for Canada Express Entry?
To apply for Express Entry, you must complete two stages. The first step is to complete and submit your application, which will necessitate the submission of the following documents:
- Language test results
- A passport or travel document
- Educational credential assessment report
Once you’ve submitted your profile and gotten an invitation to apply for permanent residency in Canada, you’ll need to submit a more detailed application that includes additional identity documents, reference letters, police clearance certificates, and the results of a medical exam.
What types of people are qualified for Canada Express Entry?
Applicants should have a bachelor’s degree, applicable relevant expertise, and moderate knowledge of English and/or French. Candidates who fulfill the eligibility conditions for the following programs may also apply for the Express Entry program:
- Federal Skilled Worker (FSW)
- Canadian Experience Class (CEC)
- Federal Skilled Trades (FST)
What are the Canadian Express Entry requirements?
You must meet the following criteria to be eligible to apply for Express Entry as a skilled worker:
- In the last ten years, you must have worked full-time (or comparable part-time) in a skilled occupation for at least one year.
- On a recommended and approved language test, applicants must show a minimum of a Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) seven in either English or French.
- An Educational Credential Assessment evaluates completed post-secondary education against Canadian criteria.
These are the basic qualifications for a skilled worker to apply for Express Entry. Attaining all these requirements does not in any way guarantee that you will be invited to apply for permanent residence in Canada. Candidates with superior profiles will always be chosen above those who only fulfill the bare requirements.
What is the ideal candidate for Canada Express Entry?
There is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all profile for Express Entry. The comprehensive ranking system (CRS) assigns a score to each candidate who enters the pool. Those with higher rankings are more likely to be invited to apply. Language competence, age, work experience, education, and Canadian connections are all selection characteristics that can affect your CRS score.
Candidates for Express Entry should be able to meet the following criteria:
- Be under the age of 30.
- A Master’s degree or Two Bachelor’s degrees are required.
- Prove a good to an excellent level of English and/or French language ability (Canadian Language Benchmark [CLB] level eight or higher)
- Have at least three years of experience in a skilled occupation
Other things that can help you improve your CRS score are:
- Higher English and/or French language proficiency
- A Master’s degree or a Ph.D. is required for employment.
- Work or educational experience in Canada
- A Canadian brother or sister who lives in Canada.
- A job offer from a Canadian corporation has been arranged.
- A nomination from a provincial program of nominees
What is the cost of Canada Express Entry?
- The average cost of a language exam is $300.
- The average cost of an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) is $200.
- $85 per person for biometrics
- Fees charged by the government are $1,325 for adults and $225 for children.
- The average cost of a medical examination is $450 for an adult and $250 for a youngster.
- The average cost of a police clearance certificate is $100 per nation.
There are no expenses associated with submitting your initial Express Entry profile to the government. Fees are only required if you are invited to apply for permanent residency in Canada. If you are nominated for a PNP program, you may be asked to pay provincial immigration fees in addition to the government processing expenses.
You must also show that you have sufficient funds to sustain your resettlement in Canada unless you are applying under the Canadian Experience Class program or have a legally arranged employment offer. These aren’t official costs, but you’ll need them in order to be granted a permanent residence visa. The sums are listed in the table below by family size:
Number of Family Members Funds Required
$3,560 for each extra family member
Is a job offer required for Canada Express Entry?
Express Entry does not require a job offer. The vast majority of Express Entry candidates do not have a formal job offer in Canada.
A formal employment offer for a skilled, full-time career in Canada will boost your Express Entry score by 50 to 200 points. For these points to be given, almost usually a positive Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) is required.
An informal job offer will not increase your Express Entry profile’s score and should not be stated in the application.
How long does it take to complete Express Entry?
From the time an Express Entry profile is submitted to the time a permanent residence visa is issued, the procedure can take as little as six months. This will not, however, be the case in all instances. If you are not asked to apply, your Express Entry profile will remain active in the pool of candidates for another 12 months. If you have not been chosen after 12 months, you are welcome to resubmit your profile and remain in the pool. To break it down, even more, consider the following:
In the Express Entry pool, your profile will be valid for 12 months.
You will have 60 days from the date of issuing of the ITA to submit the requisite full application of papers.
Your permanent residence visa should be processed in six months or fewer after the immigration authorities receive your entire application.
Which is preferable: PNP or Express Entry?
This question does not have a straightforward answer, however, there are certain factors to consider. The bulk of PNPs requires an Express Entry profile from the applicants. Because submitting an Express Entry profile is free, you have nothing to lose by doing so.
Another factor to consider is that the majority of PNP programs demand applicants to have strong ties to the area. If you work or study in a Canadian province, you should think about enrolling in a PNP program. If you have no specific ties to a location in Canada, the more generic Express Entry track to permanent residence in Canada is likely your best bet.
Is there an upper age limit for Express Entry?
For Express Entry applicants, there is no upper age limit. Applicants aged 20 to 29 receive the most points for their age. If you are over 35 but have a high level of education or connections in Canada, they can easily compensate for any points lost due to your age.
Is it possible to apply for Express Entry twice?
No, you cannot have two Express Entry applications open at the same time for the same applicant. If you are married, however, you can apply on behalf of your spouse if they are eligible. As a consequence, one candidate cannot have many Express Entry profiles, though you can have two profiles for the same family in rare instances.
If you are not invited to apply after 12 months, you can resubmit your profile and remain in the Express Entry pool for another 12 months. This can be repeated as many as possible.
How to correct errors in your Express Entry Profile To manage the intake of immigrants, Express Entry employs a two-step system:
The Persona: Ensure your personal statement is build around the eligibility standards of the embassy.
The Methodology: The Express Entry profiles with the best chances of becoming permanent residents in Canada will be asked to apply.
When am I allowed to make changes after submitting my express entry profile?
If you’ve already submitted your Express Entry profile and haven’t received an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residence, you’re free to make adjustments. You can correct errors and even add new documents (for example, if you retake your IELTS exam and get a better score). However, there are certain steps to take. They are as follows:
Go to the welcome page for your Express Entry account. Then choose the “What would you like to do today?” option.
Next, go to the section labeled “View my submitted applications or profiles” and click the “Check status and messages” button.
A button labeled “View submitted application” can be found near the bottom of the “Application/profile details” screen.
On the “Express Entry profile” page, hit the “Update form” button when you’re almost there. Make sure the section you’re about to change is the right one.
Make all of the necessary adjustments (hopefully not too many), then click “Save and leave” at the bottom of the pages.
Have you completed your profile update? Near the bottom of the page, look for the “Continue” button. You can now submit your Express Entry profile in its newly redesigned form. Isn’t it pretty painless?
A quick reminder: When you enter a form and select “Save and exit,” you’ll see a “Revert changes” button. Even if no changes are made, it will remain. Don’t be alarmed. If you haven’t made any changes, press the “Revert changes” option to ensure the electronic system is aware of your actions.
Please keep in mind that if you make adjustments to your eligibility or CRS score, the Express Entry system will update your profile within 24 hours to reflect these changes.
When Am I Not Able To Make Changes?
Now for the bad news: you won’t be able to update your profile in a few instances.
- Your application is ineligible.
If your profile fails to match the requirements for one of the Express Entry programs, it will be rejected and you will be unable to amend it. What are the signs that you’ve been ruled ineligible? That’s simple. If you just have the option to “View profile” when you log into your Express Entry profile, it means your application has been rejected. Your profile will be marked as ineligible by the system.
Don’t give up just yet. There is still one choice available to you. You will not be able to update your profile, but you will be able to create a new one. However, if your qualifications were deemed ineligible, you should usually wait until your qualifications have improved before making another application. To avoid making any mistakes on your second application, make sure to carefully input and review all of the required information.
- An invitation to apply has been sent to your profile (ITA)
If you receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residence through Express Entry, all of the information you provided into the profile is locked in. While it is technically possible to change the information when drafting your final application, you should attempt to avoid doing so. Your application will be turned down if you make any modifications to it that make you ineligible. In addition, the immigration officer in charge of your case maintains the right to ask for more information if there are any differences between the original profile and the final application.
A word on misrepresentation: It is a serious crime to lie or provide misleading information on an immigration application. If found, a person could be punished with misrepresentation, which could result in a 5-year prohibition from submitting any Canadian immigration applications.