Express Entry: Improving Your Profile And Ranking: Some candidates for immigration to Canada have already taken an important first step and submitted an Express Entry profile. Only candidates who are eligible for one of Canada’s federal economic immigration programs are able to submit their profile into the Express Entry pool.
Eligible candidates in the Express Entry pool are ranked according to the Comprehensive, which ranks eligible candidates for immigration to Canada through Express Entry under the following components:
The highest-ranked candidates are issued invitations to apply for Canadian permanent residence when the government of Canada performs regular draws from the pool. Therefore, it is in candidates’ best interests to strive to improve their scores in order to increase their chances of receiving an invitation to apply.
The most beneficial single thing that a candidate may do to improve his or her Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score is obtain a nomination from a Canadian province or a qualifying job offer from a Canadian employer.
While candidates who do not have a qualifying job offer from a Canadian employer or nomination from a Canadian province may receive an invitation to apply for permanent residence at some stage, the 600 points available under the Comprehensive Ranking System mean that candidates with either a qualifying job offer or provincial nomination will receive an invitation to apply for permanent residence at a subsequent draw from the Express Entry pool.
Provinces and territories are able to nominate a certain number of candidates through the Express Entry system to meet local and provincial labour market needs. These portions of the Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) are known as “enhanced” nominations. The provinces of Nova Scotia, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, British Columbia and Prince Edward Island, as well as the Northwest Territories, have unveiled immigration streams that are aligned with the federal Express Entry immigration selection system. Other provinces are expected to do likewise.
Candidates in the Express Entry pool who obtain a nomination from a province are awarded 600 points under the Comprehensive Ranking System, out of a possible total of 1,200. When these additional points are added to a candidate’s human capital and skills transferability points, it will result in an invitation to apply for permanent residence at a subsequent draw from the Express Entry pool.
In Canada, the federal government and the provinces and territories share jurisdiction over the selection of immigrants. Geographically and politically, Canada is divided into 10 provinces and three territories. Apart from the territory of Nunavut and the province of Quebec, all other provinces and territories have immigration programs that allow them to nominate individuals who wish to immigrate to Canada and who are interested in settling in a particular province. The federal government then reviews health and security documentation before issuing the permanent resident visa.
Provincial and territorial governments have been using these programs to welcome new permanent residents to Canada. Each PNP is tailored to the specific needs of the provinces and territories, which aim to select new immigrants who will be able to settle into life and work in the region and effectively contribute to the community, both socially and economically.
Under the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS), up to 600 points are awarded for core human capital factors and skills transferability, which take into account factors such as a candidate’s age, education, language proficiency, and work experience.
If a candidate takes steps to improve certain human capital factors, he or she may be awarded additional points under the CRS. Steps that may be taken include:
By taking one or more of these steps, candidates in the Express Entry pool may see their ranking improve under the CRS.
Express Entry is only open to applicants who are eligible for one of Canada's Federal immigration programs.
If you have received an Invitation To Apply (ITA) for Canadian permanent residence through the Express Entry immigration selection system, we would first like to offer our congratulations. Canada has recognised your skills and potential to succeed, and consequently rewarded you with this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for you and your family to begin a new life in Canada.
An ‘invitation to apply’ is offered to any candidate in the Express Entry pool who has been selected to apply for immigration to Canada by the federal government, a Canadian province or territory, or a Canadian employer. An ‘invitation to apply’ is offered if a candidate:
If your file is managed correctly from this point, you and your family are just a few months away from landing in Canada as permanent residents.
While receiving an ITA is excellent news, it is important to note that from the date the ITA is issued there is only a 60-day period in which to apply and submit all supporting documents. Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has indicated that no extensions will be granted.
Because of this limited time period, candidates are encouraged to begin collecting these documents and ensuring they are in good order before an invitation to apply for Canadian permanent residence is issued. If a candidate misses the 60-day deadline, the invitation to apply for permanent residence that was issued to him or her is no longer be valid and he or she will have to re-enter the Express Entry pool.
If the information provided by the potential candidate turns out to be false, this is known as misrepresentation and, depending on the nature and severity of the false claim, carries penalties. A potential candidate who has been found to have provided false information going into the Express Entry pool can be banned from re-entering the pool for five years. Therefore, it is hugely important to provide accurate and correct information always.
No matter which stage you are at in the Express Entry process, we are in a position to assist you.
As soon as a candidate who has received an ITA begins working with us, we can start guiding them in putting together documents that demonstrate education, work experience, settlement funds, and police clearances, as well as proof of civil status and family relationships. Collecting these documents as soon as possible may increase the chances of submitting a complete and accurate application before the 60-day period elapses and the ITA expires.
Before receiving an ITA, candidates self-declare many of their credentials. Submitting an accurate profile and ensuing application is particularly important, as CIC has indicated that candidates who misrepresent may be subject to a five-year ban from applying for permanent residence and from entering Canada.
We guide our clients in quickly collecting their documents. Our goal is to maximize their chances of submitting a complete application within the 60-day timeframe.
We would be pleased to provide you with a detailed explanation of how we can assist your particular case.
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I have already submitted my Express Entry profile AND have received an invitation to apply for Canadian permanent residence.