When to Update Your Express Entry Profile

Canada's Express Entry system is its premier immigration program. 118,942 people have already been invited to apply for Canadian permanent residency in 2021.

With an immigration target inviting 411,000 newcomers to Canada in 2021, more than a third of the target has already been reached through the Express Entry system alone!

To enter the Express Entry system you will need to create an Express Entry profile which will contain all your personal information such as your age, education, language ability, work history, among others. The great part about applying for a visa for Canada through one of three Express Entry programs is not only that you can qualify at any skill level but you can keep improving your chances by updating your profile, at any time!

So how does updating your Express Entry profile help boost your chances of becoming one of the 411,000 to move to Canada in 2021? Keep reading to find out more!

When to Update Your Profile

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Keeping your Express entry profile up-to-date is very important when it comes to increasing the likelihood that you will get a visa for Canada. This is because there are various ways that you can boost your chances of success, even after you have submitted your profile to Immigration Refugees, Citizenship Canada (IRCC).

So when are the key moments that you should update your Express Entry profile?

1. If you improve your language skills

To live, work or study in Canada, you need to be fluent in either English or French as these are the two official languages spoken in the country. Each Express Entry program has a minimum language skill level in order to be considered eligible. Below are the standard language requirements for each program:

  • The Federal Skilled Worker Program - minimum CLB/NCLC 7
  • The Federal Skilled Trades Program - minimum CLB/NCLC 5 (speaking and listening) and CLB/NCLC 4 (reading and writing)
  • The Canada Experience Class - minimum CLB/NCLC 7 for NOC 0 or A applicants and CLB/NCLC 5 for NOC B applicants

No matter how long your profile has been in the pool, you can always retake your test and upload a higher score or if you have chosen to learn a new language, especially French, you could increase your Comprehensive Ranking System Score (CRS) score by up to 50 points!

For example, if you have strong French skills (at least NCLC7 or higher) you could stand to get an additional:

  • 25 CRS points for an English score of CLB4 or lower (or you didn’t take an English Test);
  • 50 CRS points for an English score of CLB5 or higher in all 4 skills

What is a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score?

Canada’s immigration system uses the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) to determine which Express Entry applicants are eligible to apply for permanent residency through one of three programs, mentioned above. You will have the chance to gain a maximum of 1,200 CRS points which are allocated to different categories.

2. If you gain more work experience

Although having work experience is not a must to qualify for all Express Entry programs, it can help you increase your chances of getting Canadian permanent residency. As mentioned previously, work experience is one of the factors that Express Entry applicants can use to gain more CRS points. It is recommended that applicants have at least three to five years of work experience to really give themselves the best chance at having a successful visa application.

One program that you are required to have work experience in is the Canadian Experience Class (CEC). This program is specifically for applicants that have at least 1 year of Canadian work experience in the past three years in a highly skilled job.

3. If you get another qualification

Most Canadian immigration programs have a minimum educational requirement, although they do differ from program to program as well as from job to job. For example, an accountant will need a degree to be able to apply for Canadian permanent residency through the Federal Skilled Worker Program, however, a plumber may only require a trade certification to apply through the Federal Skilled Trade Program.

Both professions, however, may require an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) as well as a regional or provincial certification to ensure that these qualifications (if obtained outside of Canada) are up to Canadian standards.

4. If you get a job offer in Canada

Getting a job in Canada is probably the best way to earn CRS points! Why? Because it could be worth an incredible 600 points! But the key here is to show interest in a particular province at the very beginning of your application when you create your Express Entry Profile. This shows the province or territory that you are serious about immigrating there and if you have the skills needed, you could receive a Provincial Nomination, and that’s when those 600 points will be awarded to you.

5. If any personal information changes after you have submitted your profile

If any of your personal information changes after your profile has been submitted and entered into the draw pool, it’s important that you update your Express Entry profile as soon as possible. If your profile is selected and you haven’t updated your profile so that it reflects these changes you may have problems completing your application.

This is because when you submit your personal information to the IRCC it is expected that all information is complete and truthful. Any deviation from the information given could be considered as misrepresentation and could therefore lead to your visa application for Canada being denied.

All information stated in your Express Entry profile must have supporting documents to back them up when applying for permanent residency.

How to Take the Express Route to Canada?

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1. Get assessed

The first step to applying through the Express Entry system is finding out if you qualify and if so which program will suit you best. The simplest way to do this is to have an eligibility evaluation done by experienced immigration professionals. This usually entails receiving a CRS score as well as getting a detailed report of which programs will give you the best chances at success in the application process as well as which provinces may be best suited to your needs.

2. Create your Express Entry profile

Once you know which visa or immigration program you would like to apply to and potentially which province you would like to express interest in, it’s time to create your profile. But before you begin it's best to have all the necessary information at hand to make completing your profile quick and easy as you’ll have 60 days to complete and submit your profile.

You will be asked a few eligibility questions and will need information about your education, work experience, including your National Occupational Classification (NOC) Code, language abilities in English and/or French (you will need your IELTS test score), proof of funds as well as whether or not you have a job offer or provincial nomination.

Before you submit your profile, make sure that it’s complete and accurate because if it’s found ineligible, you won't be able to update your profile and may have to create a new one.

3. Await your results

Once you have submitted your profile, it will be ranked and entered into the Express Entry draw pool. If you are among the candidates that match or score higher than the CRS cutoff score, you will be notified via your profile that you have received an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for Canadian permanent residency. If not your profile will remain in the draw pool for up to a year or until your receive an ITA.

In the meantime, you can boost your score by upping your CRS score by taking another language test or learning a new language, or improving your skills by taking up a new qualification. There are many other ways that you can improve your CRS score and your chances of getting Express Entry to Canada, these are just a few

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