Though the eligibility requirements differ for each of the Express Entry-aligned programs, all candidates are required to have at least one year of skilled work experience, as well as a certain level of proficiency on an approved language test in either English or French. Also, Canada screens all Express Entry applicants for criminal history and medical issues that could make a person inadmissible.
- Create A Profile
Immigrants are to submit a profile to the Express Entry pool. The Express Entry profile acts as an Expression of Interest (EOI). Eligible candidates will automatically receive a score based on their profile and will be ranked against the other candidates in the pool. This score is strictly based on the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) with a maximum point of 1200.
Candidates can improve their rank by taking steps to improve their CRS scores. The higher a candidate’s CRS score, the higher the likelihood they will receive an Express Entry Invitation to Apply (ITA). The CRS score is used as a cut-off point in Express Entry draws. It is designed to foresee the candidate’s possibility of surviving economically in Canada. The factors they will put into consideration include;
- Career and educational history;
- Language skills;
- Provincial Nomination in Canada;
- Job Offer.
- Receiving An Invitation to Apply
Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) conduct Express Entry draws at regular intervals (usually every two weeks). In these Express Entry draws, candidates above a certain rank are invited to apply for Canadian permanent residence. If a candidate is not invited, their profile will expire after 12 months, at which point they may submit a new profile.
- Improving Your CRS Scores
Candidates in the Express Entry pool who have not yet been selected are able to improve their Express Entry profile and score. They can do this by submitting new and updated information. Examples include increased language scores, educational credentials assessments, adding additional work experience, and/or obtaining a qualifying job offer or a provincial nomination.
- Submitting Your Application for Permanent Residency
If you receive an Express Entry Invitation to Apply (ITA), you will be given 60 days to submit a complete application for permanent residence.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, applicants have been given 90 days to complete their applications. In this application, you will have to provide extensive personal information along with supporting documentation. The entire application is submitted electronically.
After you’ve submitted your application, you have to wait for a final decision to be issued. 80 percent of Express Entry applications are processed in six months or less. If your application is approved, then you will receive authorization to activate your permanent resident status in Canada.
Things You Should Know
This application is completed and submitted entirely online. Here are a few things to keep in mind about the final permanent residence application:
- You may need to show proof of settlement funds.
All applicants in the FSWC and FSTC programs must demonstrate that they have enough money to support themselves and their family members during their settlement in Canada. Applicants with a valid job offer in Canada, as well as CEC applicants are exempt from these requirements.
- Importance of Profile
The majority of the important data that you enter into your Express Entry profile carries over automatically into your electronic Permanent Residence (PR) application. Any changes you make at this stage could jeopardize your application.
Consequently, it is important to be conscious about everything that you enter the first time around. You will be asked to provide documentation to support the claims you’ve made. Lying on an immigration application is a serious crime and can result in a five-year ban from Canada.