The Canada express entry is an application management system that is used by the IRCC (Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada) to manage applications received through the federal economic immigration for skilled individuals. The program ranks all competitive candidates against themselves and then invites the best to apply for the Canadian permanent resident permit. They are judged, based on their education, language proficiency, experience, age, and many more.
If you wish to settle in Canada with your family, applying for Express Entry is the only way to achieve that. You can migrate from your country to Canada within a few months. It is the main system and one of the most popular migrating programs all over the world. According to the 2020 to 2022 Canada Immigration plans, people who will obtain permanent residence in Canada through the program annually will be more than 90,000.
Guides in processing Canada Express Entry
Before your application for the Entry Express can be granted, there are various things you need to be eligible for.
Step 1: Eligibility
Canada will screen every applicant for past criminal history or medical issue which could affect the application. In order to enter the Express Entry pool at all, you will need to be eligible under one of the federal economic immigration programs which include:
- The Federal Skilled Trades Class (FSTC),
- The Federal Skilled Worker Class (FSWC) or
- The Canadian Experience Class (CEC)
The requirements for each program are different. However, they all require that every applicant must have more than a year experience of working and also have a level of language proficiency on a test, either in French or English.
Step 2: Profile Creation
Every individual applying for the Express Entry will have to submit an Express Entry profile. It is like an expression of interest which will be ranked against other candidates. You will receive your score automatically, based on the profile. The score is used to cut off lots of applicants who will not be able to meet up. This is designed to show the probability of an applicant’s success in Canada.
The score for this is out of 1,200, and it is based on CRS (Comprehensive Ranking System). The higher an applicant score is, the higher he or she will receive an ITA ( Invitation To Apply).
Step 3: Job bank profile
This is an optional step for people who do not have a job offer in Canada. It is a free system to help employers identify and choose workers, based on their skills. It used to be mandatory but it is now optional.
Step 4: Invitation to Apply
The Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada performs Express Entry draw almost every two weeks. They do that regularly to pick candidates. During this process, they will invite applicants above rank to apply for the permanent residence permit. If, as an applicant, you do not get an invitation, then your profile will expire after 12 months. Once it expires, you will have to submit a new profile. You can check here for the latest draw of Express Entry.
If you have created your profile but have not been selected, you can choose to improve your score. Keep editing and updating new information such as additional work experience, educational certificates, language scores, and many more.
Step 5: Submitting the application
After receiving an invitation, you will be given 60 days to submit a full application for the residence permit. This is where you will have to provide complete personal information with documents to support it. It is submitted electronically.
Once submission has been done, you will wait for the final decisions to be made. The application should not take more than 6 months for processing. Once the application is approved, you will get an authorization, activating your Canadian permanent resident status.
Important documents in creating Entry Express profile
You need three important documents to submit your profile. They include:
- Educational Credentials Assessment (ECA): This is a complete evaluation of the education of a non-citizen by the standards set by Canada. It is an important requirement for every federal skilled worker and also for FSTC and CEC applicants. Education contributes greatly to the CRS score. If you have an educational certificate in Canada, then this document is not required of you.
- Language Test: You must prove you are very proficient in English or French language. Before submitting your profile, you need an official score from a legit and approved language test. For English proficiency, your best choice is either CELPIP or IELTS. Then, for French, you can either choose the TEF or TCF exams. The accepted score varies for any Express Entry applied for.
- Passport: Before submitting your profile, you need a valid passport. However, if you cannot get a passport, you may be allowed to present another identification document.
If you want to apply with your spouse, one of the two of you must be listed as the principal applicant in the Express profile. Most of the CRS score will be based on the credentials of whichever one of you it is. It is important to compare your score and credentials and then pick the best one.
Important things to consider, when applying for Canadian Express Entry
Having gotten an ITA, you will have to submit an official application online. There are so many things to consider. First is the proof of funds. Every single applicant must provide proof that they have the finances needed to support themselves and their families once they are settled in Canada. The only people who might be exempted from this are those who are CEC applicants as well as the ones with a job offer. Below is the expected fund you should have, based on the size of your family;
- One applicant: $12,960
- Two : $16,135
- Three: $19,836
- Four: $24,083
- Five: $27,315
- Six: $30,806
- Seven: $34, 299
- For every addition after that, add about $3492.
Even with a job offer, there are certain conditions the job must meet before you can be eligible for the Express Entry. Once the conditions are met, it becomes a valid offer.
You should also be very careful, when filling your Express Entry profile. Do not lie or add things that are not real. Whatever data you provide in your profile will be in your electronic PR application. Do not make claims you cannot prove. You will be asked to provide the documentation to support all you have said. It is a crime if your application is filled with some false information. This might lead to a 5-year ban from Canada.
Points needed to migrate to Canada
As mentioned above, there are 3 Canadian programs that you may become a candidate of. They are: the Federal Skilled Worker Class, the Federal Skilled Trades Class, and the Canadian Experience Class. The FSWC is for qualified traders, the FSTC, and the CEC require every applicant to satisfy certain requirements before they can submit a profile. As for FSWC, it is for individuals who satisfy a minimum eligibility point. It should be noted however, that these points are different from the CRS score. You will need at least 67 out of 100 points, under the FSWC grid. You can check here for more details.
Finally, there is really no expected rule for people planning to migrate. What determines the invitation are previous draws, which are based on the applicant’s CRS score.
You can decide to relocate to Canada with your family through the Express Entry program. You may do your research and gather information, if really mean business. And that is what this article has discussed.