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Starting January 2015 Immigration Canada implemented an electronic system called Express Entry in order to manage the Federal Skilled Worker, Canadian Experience Class, Federal Skilled Trades, and some Provincial Nominee Programs.
Note: If you have a job offer, your employer must process an LMIA. A “Labour Market Impact Assessment” ensures employers have made an effort to hire Canadians. For this type of LMIA, the government does not charge a fee. A job offer with an LMIA strongly enhances your chances to be invited to apply for Permanent Residence when draws take place.
Things you MUST do to increase your chances of getting your Express Entry Application (eAPR) filed properly:
When an Invitation to Apply (ITA) is extended, applicants have only 90 days to file the eAPR application. If documents are not ready in advance, applicants run the risk of not being able to collect all the necessary documents before the 90 days runs out. The consequences of a rejected application could be downright devastating for applicants.
1. Apply immediately for any critical third-party supporting documentation
The most critical of the “third- party” documents (things you need to apply for or book an appointment to get) include:
Language Testing Results (LTR).This is probably the most important “third-party” document you will need to obtain. You have the option of taking the Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). You need only take the “General Test” for either option.
Educational Credential Assessments (ECA). With the significant drop in CRS points awarded for job offers, ECAs are even more important now. Candidates must ensure that both the principal applicant and spouse, if applicable, obtain this assessment so that all possible points are awarded.
Police Clearances (PC). Depending upon the countries from which you need clearances, obtaining these can be a real problem. Based upon our recent experience, we highly recommend that you do not file your eAPR unless you have your police clearance in hand. If you are applying through a jurisdiction where the process can take up to 3 months or longer, you may be able to submit evidence to support the fact you have applied for the clearances. However, it has been our experience that there is no guarantee IRCC will accept evidence of making the request over an actual uploaded copy. Do not take the chance….get your police clearance, and then submit your eAPR.
Immigration Medicals (IM).Remember that immigration medical examinations must be obtained from an IRCC designated Panel Physician. As is the case with ECAs and PCs, as candidates are rushing to complete IMs to finalize their PR applications, it will become increasingly difficult to book appointments with Panel Physicians. Book now so that you are able to get your IM right away. Immigration medicals are valid for a period of one year.
2. Start collecting your civil status documents
Make sure that you have your birth certificates (dependent children), marriage certificates (if applicable) and valid passports ready in advance.
Birth Certificates: Prior to Express Entry, one of the most troublesome of the civil status documents was the birth certificate. However, with IRCC not requiring these for principal applicants and spouses, they have taken on a lesser portion of the stress client’s face. If you have dependent children, you will need them. If you are in Canada and have dependent children, you likely do have your birth certificates on hand. However, make sure you have them if dependent children are included with your application. This advice would apply equally to marriage certificates as well.
Passports: The problem with passports is that they have an expiry date. We have had a number of occasions where we were preparing to file a PR application for a client when we realized that the passport was expiring in just a few months. Make sure your passport is valid for at least one year. If it is not, we recommend that you take steps immediately to have it extended as IRCC requires a passport to be valid for at least 6 months at the time of visa issuance. We know that IRCC is going to be super strict when it comes to supporting documentation, so although we have been able to submit copies of expired passports in the past with an accompanying statement indicating that an application had been filed for an extension or a new one, I would strongly discourage doing this now, as CIC will have no problem returning a person to the EE pool if a complete eAPR has not been filed within the 90 day window.
3. Collect reference letters
Make sure that all reference letters meet the minimum expectations of the various PR programs.
However, the key factor to ensuring a proper identification of your position within the NOC, is to demonstrate that you performed the actions set out in the “lead statement” for the occupation as well as a substantial number of the “main duties” of the occupation as set out in the occupational description of the NOC. If the duties do not match, the PR application may be refused.
“Tip: Ensure the reference letter is printed on company letterhead. Remember this needs to be an official document and anything less (such as an e-mail confirmation of employment) is just not going to cut it.”
1. Your full name. Ensure that the name on the reference letter matches with the name on your passport. Sometimes employers will refer to you by your common or nickname. Eliminate confusion wherever possible and go with the name in your passport
2. Company’s contact information. This should include the following mandatory information with a few suggestions of my own:
3. Signature of your immediate supervisor or personnel officer. People come and go from a business, so if your immediate supervisor no longer works there, have someone sign the letter who knew you and is in a position of authority within the company.
4. Business Card of the person signing the letter. Don’t forget to ensure this is included with the reference letter when you receive it. Obviously you will only need to upload a digital copy of it to the Express Entry portal. However, don’t make the mistake of thinking it is no longer required in our new virtual Express Entry world.
5. Confirm all positions held within the company. In addition to confirming your various titles, the letter will need to include the following details for each position:
4. Get your background history organized
You will be asked many questions when submitting your EE profile into the pool. However, these questions focus specifically on the various human capital factors driving the Comprehensive Ranking System. There are some sections that are not covered until after your ITA has been extended to you. One of the two areas that give people the most grief are the sections that relate to address history and travel history. You will be expected to document where you have lived for the past 10 years and also set forth your travel history for this period of time. We highly recommend that you start working on this early on in the process so that you are not left scrambling for old addresses you have lived at when the 90 day clock is ticking on filing your eAPR.
5. If you are running out of time, consider hiring an authorized representative
If you are currently in a situation where you really need to get your application filed quickly, you may want to consider hiring an authorized representative to help you.
Language testing is mandatory
Clients will not be able to manage to successfully apply for the immigration procedure without passing one of the official language tests like IELTS (International English Language Testing System) or CELPIP. You would probably not manage to sail past the security wizard to begin concluding your profile rightly. It is crucial to have your language test scores in your hand while beginning your first screening procedure.If you do not have this essential document with you, it’s fruitless wasting your time in answering the following questions.
LMIA normally governs the Express Entry System
It is seen that the candidate having an employment offer in his hand, receives an offer of Invitation to Apply (ITA) for the Permanent Residence in PR form Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). But, if you do not have the offer, it does not mean that you can’t apply under Canada Express Entry. In respect to job offers supported by an LMIA gather only 600 points out of 1200 within CRS, the CIC has pointed out they always select the individuals with high human capital and no LMIA (Labour Market Impact Assessment) in the starting phase.
Strictly avoid Misrepresentation on your petition
To highlight their profile on the CRS in the starting phase, some applicants put forward a profile that is entirely ‘fake’. Candidates need to strictly avoid this, as it will delay the approval process.
Express Entry wizard not to be trusted fully
Many times, it is seen that you fail to furnish all the information on the sections of Express Entry profile; your status for that particular section will read “In Progress”, but if your profile is duly filled with all information, it will say “Complete”. But this wizard can not be trusted fully, as in some cases, the system flashes the message “Complete” even if that particular section needs additional information to be furnished by the candidate.
Consult a reliable person to proofread your profile before you submit
To avoid submitting an incomplete profile, it is recommended to proofread your profile from a trusted source. By following this, one can easily make sure the profile is duly filled, as in the form there are several fields having drop down menus and there is a high probability that applicant can skip the selection in a hurry to fill the form.
If you want to migrate to Canada as a skilled immigrant through Express Entry Your job, and the work you have done in the past, must be skill type 0, or level A or B to use Express Entry. The Express Entry system manages applications for permanent residence if you want be considered:
The Federal Skilled Worker (FSW) category is prescribed as a class of persons who are skilled workers, who may become permanent residents on the basis of their ability to become economically established in Canada, and who intend to reside in a province other than Quebec.
Federal Skilled Trades Class (FSTC, formerly known as the Federal Skilled Trades Program) is the only federal economic immigration program that singles out workers in particular occupations. Qualified, experienced tradespersons from around the world who want to immigrate to Canada to become permanent residents based on being qualified in a skilled trade.
The Canadian Experience Class (CEC) is for skilled workers who have Canadian work experience and want to become permanent residents. It was developed for temporary foreign workers and foreign graduates with qualifying Canadian work experience.
Skilled workers can immigrate to Canada under Federal Skilled Worker (FSW) programmes through Express Entry system. The FSW category is prescribed as a class of persons who are skilled workers.
On November 1, 2017, the government revealed its Canada Immigration Plan for 2018-2020. It outlined Canada’s commitment to increase the numbers accepted through the Federal Skilled Worker Class, Canadian Experience Class, and Federal Skilled Trades Class to around 250,000 over the next three years, with another 184,000 or so new permanent residents to settle through the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) before the end of 2020.
More invitations are expected to be issued over the coming weeks, months, and years, benefiting individuals and families around the world wishing to make Canada their new permanent home.
Once the online Express Entry Application is filed, clients will be issued PRN (Permanent Reference Number). Clients can use PRN as key while submitting their resumes on Canada Job banks.
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