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Canada has become a favorite destination for new immigrants because of the well regulated and clear policies introduced by the Canadian immigration system. Canada’s immigration system has been a role model for many countries. The biggest percentage of Economic immigrants come under the Express Entry program which gives an opportunity for Federal Skilled Workers, Canadian Experience Class, Federal Skilled Trades Class, and Provincial nominees to immigrate to Canada. Over the years, Canada has set an example of valuing and welcoming new immigrants and their cultures.
We have compiled a few Frequently Asked Questions which are often asked by people who wish to embark on their immigration journey to Canada. The answers to these questions will help clear your doubts and bring you one step closer to fulfill your dream of immigrating to Canada.
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Few of the factors affecting your immigration to Canada through express entry are listed below:
1. Missing documents
2. Application forms not completed
3. Incorrect photo
4. Not monitoring your Express Entry Profile
5. Delay at the Visa Office (VO)
Post submitting your immigration application online via Express Entry after receiving your ITA, the general wait time for the completion of the entire process is around 6 months. The timer starts from the time you submit your immigration application and receive an Acknowledgement of Receipt (AOR) from the Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). A status bar of 6 months appears in your Express Entry profile which displays the progress of your Canada immigration application. 80 % of the applications are processed within the 6-month time period whereas there are times when some immigration applications take around 8-12 months to be completed.
|Before entering the pool|
|Item||Cost||Required or Optional |
|Education Credential Assessment (ECA)||$200+||Required for FSWC, FSTC & CEC candidates, who studied outside Canada|
|Item||Cost||Required or Optional|
|Right of permanent residence fee||$500||Required|
|Addition of accompanying spouse/partner||$825 for processing fee, $500 for right of permanent residence||Required, if applicable|
|Addition of dependent child(ren)||$225 per child||Required, if applicable|
|Other items and costs|
|Item||Cost||Required or Optional|
|Police clearance certificate(s)||Depends on the country. May range from free service to up to $100 or more.||Required|
The following are a few things that need to be noted before submitting your final immigration application via your Express Entry Canada profile.
1. Proof of Funds
2. Police Clearance Certificate (PCC) and Medical Exams
3. Having a Valid Job Offer
4. Validate every information in the Express Entry Canada profile
5. ECA for FSTC and CEC applicants
The process of qualifying for an Invitation to Apply (ITA) to immigrate to Canada is quite competitive. Every single addition in the CRS score can put your immigration application way ahead than other candidates. You can keep submitting new and updated information to your Express Entry Canada profile to increase your CRS score.
There are five best ways in which you can look at increasing your CRS score to increase your chances of receiving an ITA as listed below:
- Increased Language Scores: Language ability gives you a chance to earn up to 260 points for a single candidate. Learning French also helps you add a few extra points to your kitty.
- Extra Educational Credential Assessments (ECA): You can increase your ECA score by adding an extra degree to your educational record. (For eg: Getting a masters degree from a university that is recognized by WES can boost your total CRS points)
- Work Experience: Work experience in Canada is more esteemed than non-Canadian work experience. However, if you have less than 3 years of work experience then completing 3 years gives you a great chance of increasing your CRS score.
- Provincial Nominee Program: Obtaining a Canadian Provincial Nominations increases your CRS score by 600 points thus guaranteeing you an ITA in the next IRCC draw.
- Job Offer: Getting a job offer when you are outside Canada can be difficult. However, in the rare circumstance that you are able to get yourself a job offer, it adds about 50 points to your CRS score
Once you qualify, you will receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) from the Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) in your Express Entry Canada profile. You will have 60 days to submit your completed immigration application online to the IRCC for permanent residence to Canada. The application will require you to answer some extra information in a detailed manner which needs to be backed up with supporting documents.
Usually, 80% of the submitted Express Entry Canada applications get processed in 6 months but there are times that some applications take about 11-12 months to be processed. During this processing period, extensive criminal and background checks are done with the information provided in your application.
Once your Express Entry Canada profile has been created, you will have to wait for the bi-weekly draw that is conducted by the Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). If your CRS score is above the cut-off announced by the IRCC, then you will automatically receive an ITA in your Express Entry Canada profile explaining the next immigration steps that need to be taken by you to achieve your Canada PR.
You can now create an Express Entry Canada Immigration profile and enter your profile into the Express Entry pool with other qualified people. You can register yourself at https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/application/register.html with a GCkey by creating a unique username and password for yourself. You will have to create an account and answer some security questions to setup you Express Entry Canada profile.
Before Entering the Express Entry pool
Canada introduced the point-based immigration system way back in 1967. You are eligible to enroll under three Canadian Immigration Programs via the Express Entry Canada program: Federal Skilled Worker Class (FSW), Federal Skilled Trades Class (FSTC), and Canadian Experience Class (CEC). The FSW immigration program uses selection factor points to know if you are eligible for the FSW Program. After assessing the selection factors, you will be assigned a score out of 100. You may qualify for an FSW program if you are able to score 67 points or higher.
After Entering Express Entry Canada Pool
Once you have entered into the Express Entry Canada pool, you will receive a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score irrespective of the immigration program that you have applied. This CRS score will determine your rank in the Express Entry pool along with other candidates. The CRS score is the crucial factor that decides who receives the Invitation to Apply (ITA) when Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) conducts their bi-weekly Express Entry draw.
You will need to ascertain your eligibility into 3 main categories of the Federal Express Immigration in Express Entry program namely:
1. The Federal Skilled Worker Class (FSWC)
This immigration program is for skilled workers with foreign experience who wish to immigrate to Canada permanently
2. The Canadian Experience Class (CEC)
This immigration program is for skilled workers who have Canadian work experience and wish to become permanent residents of Canada
3. The Federal Skilled Trades Class (FSTC)
This immigration program is for skilled workers who wish to become permanent residents of Canada based on being qualified in a skilled trade
Express Entry Canada is an online immigration system that manages and processes applications of skilled workers who wish to immigrate to Canada and obtain Permanent Residency. The Express Entry Canada system is the most popular way of immigration to Canada. The Express Entry Canada system ranks all qualified individuals against each other in a point-based system also known as the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). The CRS score is based on your age, language proficiency, education, work experience, and a few other factors. If your CRS score is above the cut-off draw, then you will be considered for an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residence in Canada.
- You may receive Canada PNP nominations from multiple provinces and territories; however, you may accept only one PNP nomination. Your profile will remain in the Express Entry pool until you accept the PNP nomination.
- You are under no obligation to accept a Canada PNP nomination and may decline it if you don’t intend to stay in a particular province that has nominated you.
- A PNP nomination by a province does not guarantee that you will be eligible for permanent residency. The final decision to issue a visa rests with the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).
- Please ensure that the information provided by you in your Express Entry profile remains truthful and accurate at all times. Any change in your circumstances must be updated in your profile