Overview of the Canadian Express Entry System
The Canadian Express Entry system is not an immigration program, rather it is a way for Canada to manage the intake of skilled worker applications, rank applicants and select those who have the required skills and experience to successfully establish themselves in Canada.
Express Entry Criteria
Applicants must qualify for ONE of Canada’s four economic immigration programs:
- Canadian Experience Class
- Federal Skilled Trades Program
- Federal Skilled Worker Program
- Provincial Nominee Programs
For UK-based applicants, this will normally mean meeting the minimum qualifying criteria for either the federal skilled worker program or the federal skilled trades program. However, meeting the minimum criteria for either of these visa programs will not guarantee you an invitation to apply for permanent residence or a Canadian visa. It is an initial step in a multi-stage process to emigrate to Canada through the Express Entry system.
Express Entry Process
Once you met the criteria for one of the skilled worker programs and have filed an application through the Express Entry system you will be ranked according to CIC’s Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS).
The Comprehensive Ranking System is based on a 1200-point ranking system. Candidates will then be ranked against each other. The highest-ranking candidates will receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residence.
Common Mistakes in Express Entry Applications
The relatively bland requirements of the Federal Skilled Worker, Federal Skilled Trades and Canadian Experience Class, mask a number of pitfalls which can often trap the unwary applicant. It is worth noting that 52% of applicants who receive an ITA, subsequently have their applications refused. Many of these applicants have prepared and filed their own applications, without the expertise of a legal representative.
We are often contacted by UK-based applicants who have filed their own applications only to be surprised to receive a refusal. Common mistakes resulting in refusal of an application include:
- Misrepresenting employment, education, travel history or net worth,
- Failure of an Applicant’s bank to provide a certification letter in the specified format,
- Unexplained deposits into an Applicant’s bank account(s),
- Failure to demonstrate that you perform the majority of the main duties in your designated NOC Code,
- LinkedIn profile being inconsistent with the employment stated in their application, and
- Failing IRCC verification checks regarding employment, travel history or net worth. Applicant’s are often shocked to learn that IRCC investigators may call current/previous employers. Your employment history may also be cross-referenced with the HMRC income tax records. Entry and exit records are often checked with the UK Border Agency and the Border Agencies of countries travel to.
Express Entry Services
Sterling Immigration offer a range of flexible packages to ensure you submit a successful permanent residence application through the Express Entry system.
An initial consultation will enable us to assess your prospects of success through the Express Entry system and identify potential pitfalls. This is usually the starting point for all of our Express Entry clients as it enables you to proceed with a solid foundation and clear roadmap towards permanent residence.
If you have filed your initial application but have not received an Invitation to Apply because your CRS score is below 430, then we would recommend a consultation in order to suggest strategies to increase your score by applying for Provincial Nomination or securing an LMIA validated job offer for example. For further information please read the section below regarding our Express Entry Consultation Service.
If you have received an ITA, we can guide and represent you with filing the final stage of your permanent residence application within the 90-day deadline.
If you would like to submit your own application but have us check it prior to submission, we also offer a comprehensive Application Review Service to give you peace of mind.
We also offer full representation. This includes preparing and filing each stage of the Express Entry application, explaining any gaps in evidence and requesting evidential flexibility, drafting persuasive legal submissions on your behalf and representing you until issuance of your permanent resident visa.
Express Entry Canada Consultation Service
Book a consultation with us to assess whether you have a strong chance of securing an invitation to apply for permanent residence or to have your Express Entry questions answered by an ICCRC qualified and regulated professional, Harjit Grewal, ICCRC License Number R507916. Our Canadian Express Entry Consultation Service includes:
- Detailed eligibility assessment and strict legal merits test,
- Estimate of your Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) Score,
- Estimate of your rank via-a-vis other applicants,
- Identifying problem areas and potential issues of concern including gaps in evidence,
- Strategies to increase your CRS score and prospects of success,
- Your prospects of obtaining an ITA based on your assessed CRS Score,
- Ensuring that you have ALL of the necessary supporting documents before you apply,
- The most in-demand occupations under the Express Entry system,
- The low-down on finding a job in Canada,
- How to secure an LMIA validated job offer or Provincial Nomination,
- Processing times after ITA issuance,
- Advice regarding employment verification checks by CIC officers,
- Express Entry quotas in 2018 and beyond,
- Avoiding common reasons for refusal – 52% of Applicants receiving an ITA are refused,
- Addressing misconceptions about the Express Entry system,
- Review of other immigrant and non-immigrant programs if you do not qualify for one of the Express Entry economic programs, and
- If you have received an ITA we can review your initial submission and prepare your electronic permanent residence application.