5 Things You Don't Know About Canada's Express Entry

Do you think you know everything there is to know about Canada’s Express Entry? Guess again. While you might have heard about the Express Entry System, there might be some interesting facts you haven’t heard about before. Hop aboard the Canada Express (Entry System) and let us be your tour guide.

Here Are 5 Glorious Facts You Don’t Know About Canada Express Entry System

  • Your Express Entry Profile will expire a year after you have submitted your profile. If you don’t receive an ITA (Invitation To Apply) within the first 12 months, you will need to create a new profile with the necessary information and apply again as the system won’t save your information.
  • You can actually make changes to your Express Entry System application once you have submitted it to improve your score. It’s not a fixed application, and it gives you room to improve on certain skills, or acquire new ones.
  • No, Express Entry is open throughout the year and doesn’t close. Applicants can apply at any time, night or day. During the start of the Covid19 pandemic, this was a huge concern, however, it remained open and applicants were assisted.
  • You will have 60 days to submit your application if you’re invited. It is considered as one of the fastest ways to immigrate. The processing time for your application will be within 6 months. That’s the fastest way to immigrate to date.
  • A job offer is not a requirement to qualify for the Express Entry System. It will, however, boost your score and give you a better chance of being chosen.

Requirements to Qualify for Express Entry

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You need to meet the requirements in order to qualify. Requirement sounds like a big word that has a lot of complications behind it. On the contrary, Express Entry is anything but. There are only three official documents you’ll need to complete your profile.

1. Compulsory language test

To activate your profile, you’ll need to prove your English or French language (both would be a bonus) level of proficiency. In order to prove your language capabilities, you’ll have to take an approved language test and use your final marks when completing your profile. There are several ways to improve your language score.

2. Educational Credential Assessment (ECA)

An Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) serves as proof that any foreign certificate, diploma, or degree is equivalent to the Canadian standard. This certificate is only needed for one out of the three Canadian Express Entry System programs, but will help all candidates to boost their points. The program it’s needed for is called the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), and may be needed for other programs too.

3. Travel Document

Without a travel document or passport you won’t be able to create a profile to apply for Canada Express Entry System, so make sure your travel documents are up to date and valid.

Express Entry Processing Time

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Once your profile has been created and submitted, you’ll receive feedback to say whether you have an Invitation to Apply (ITA). Once you receive this invitation, you have 60 days to submit your application for permanent residence, also known as electronic Application for Permanent Residence (eAPR). There are 10 convenient steps that contribute to Express Entry as a whole. Simplified, they look like this:

  1. Start by finding your National Occupational Classification (NOC). This will help you find which of the 3 federal immigration programs you’ll be applying for. The 3 programs are: Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP), and Canada Experience Class (CEC).
  2. Acquire your Educational Credential Assessment(ECA). By doing this you are able to see if your certificate, diploma, or degree meet Canadian standards.
  3. Compulsory language test results (English or French). Those with a proficiency in either English or French get a better chance at getting an ITA.
  4. Check if you’re eligible for Express Entry. At this point, you’ll be able to gauge whether you qualify for Express Entry.
  5. Look at the score of your Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). The maximum amount of points an applicant can get is 1,200.
  6. The Express Entry Pool. Every draw will have different requirements that have to be met depending on the average score of that specific draw.
  7. ITA: The Golden ticket in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is the equivalent of this ticket in real life. You get a chance to make your immigration dreams come true.
  8. Express Entry Document Checklist. Every credential and qualification obtained or asked for while building your Express Entry profile should be included in this. You should also be able to prove you are not inadmissible to Canada.
  9. Passport Request and Acknowledgement of Receipt (AoR). These prompts will notify you on how far your application process is.
  10. Prepare before you land. Before you get to Canada, it’s best to do research on their way of living and what to expect once you arrive.

Top Tips When Creating Your Profile

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  1. If your family structure changes, it’ll affect your eligibility. If you get married, divorced, become common law, or even separated, it’ll affect you if you qualify for Express Entry, so be sure to update your profile to keep your data accurate.
  2. Check your expiry dates on your documentation. Your language exam is valid for two years, and your ECA (Education Credential Assessment) is five years.
  3. Remember to check your deadlines. Due to a difference in time zones, the application date may not correspond with your time zone.

FAQs

What is the Express Entry pool?

The Express Entry Pool is where the applicants with the highest scores will get to enter into. The draw requirements will change with every draw held depending on the average score of that specific draw.

How often are Express Entry draws held?

Express Entry Draws are conducted every two weeks. If you meet the requirements for that specific draw you will get an ITA (Invitation To Apply).

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Express Entry is one of the simplest, quickest ways to immigrate. Not only does it make your life that much more simple other than the usual immigration process with tons of paperwork being left out, but the waiting period is that much shorter. If you don’t qualify, it is not the end of the world. All you do is reapply and it gives you the chance to increase your Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score. There will always be a window of opportunity when it comes to Canada Express Entry.