Why IRCC bounces Express Entry applications?

Since January 2015, Canada introduced an immigration system where immigrants are being invited to apply for a permanent residence through the same system, under applicable programs. The procedure by which the express entry works is simple and reviews have claimed it to be the swiftest method for migrating to Canada. To commence the process initially an Expression of Interest is submitted, which states all the details of the applicant showing his interest to apply for Canadian immigration. Once the application is evaluated and analyzed by IRCC, the application is accepted for further process.

Not all applications get approved. In certain cases, the IRCC may bounce the application and reject the applications too. As of the Express Entry Year-End 2015 report, about 22,178 applications were received under the Express Entry during the entire year. About 14,058 applications were accepted while IRCC refused to accept 2,433. While the report does not specify the number of applications bounced due to incompleteness, we can estimate mathematically that about 5,687 applications may have been bounced. As of the reports, a total of 25.6 percent of applications submitted through Express Entry have been rejected by IRCC due to incompleteness. Researches have been made and the following reasons have been determined why IRCC can bounce Express Entry applications:

The incompleteness in My CIC account of the applicants has been found to be a major reason for bouncing applications. IRCC often requires that applicants provide new forms and documents within a time frame of seven days. Though applicants constantly have the access to monitor their accounts, the short deadline is frequently missed.

Applicants cannot view the Express Entry portal. This means that they cannot view the file they have uploaded once. Mismatched files or wrong document uploading often results to the bounce of their application. Hence, the best practice is to create a separate folder of the document to be submitted, name it appropriately and then upload it accordingly.

Another evident reason, researches show is any kind of problems related to PCC also result in the bounce of applications. As per the policy, an applicant must obtain a certificate from the country authorities he has stayed for more than six months (since he has turned 18). As the time frame is limited to 60 days, sometimes it becomes difficult for applicants to collect a police certification within the time frame and this marks their applications incomplete, and ultimately is bounced by IRCC.  Unawareness of the change in the rule is also a reason for many bounced applications. As of the previous rule applicants who live in a country for more than six consecutive months were demanded a PCC before commencing the PR process. IRCC has now changed the requirements that applicants have to produce PCC for everywhere they have to live for six months or more. This means that if the candidate has lived in a country for two months, travelled to another country and returned and stayed for more than 4 months, then he must provide PCC issued from the respective country he has lived overall for 6 months. Not providing multiple police clearance certifications also results in applications been bounced by IRCC.


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