Express Entry candidates may either:
Enter the pool first, and then be nominated by a province or territory; or
Be nominated by a province or territory, and then complete an Express Entry profile.
These additional points will make a candidate rank high enough to be invited to apply at the next eligible draw of candidates.
If someone is invited to apply, they will have 60 days to submit an online application for permanent residence.
Citizenship and Immigration Canada will process the majority of complete applications (meaning those with all the necessary supporting documents) in six months or less.
Candidates can stay in the pool for up to 12 months. If they do not get an Invitation to Apply for permanent residence within 12 months of submitting an Express Entry profile, they may submit a new profile. If they still meet the criteria, they can re-enter the pool. This will prevent backlogs and ensure quick processing times.
For Better Success
Your Express Entry profile will get points based on:
- Your education level;
- Your abilities in English and/or French (Canada’s 2 official languages);
- Your work experience and skills;
- Your age;
- If you have a job offer in Canada; and
- Your spouse’s education, language abilities and work experience.
Additional points are also awarded if you have completed a college or university program in Canada or if you have a provincial nomination.
So, those who have prepared in advance with acquiring required documents and appeared for language proficiency test would most likely have better chances of understanding their profile and scores they can achieve.
Citizenship and Immigration Canada has announced that candidates interested in processing their application under Express Entry may hire an immigration lawyer or consultant registered with the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC) to represent them throughout the Express Entry process. Click here to learn more on who can be your authorized representative.
Before taking a big step on making your visa application and investing time, money and energy, the first step should be to get your profile assessed. We will assess and evaluate your qualifications and check if you could qualify for the category you are interested in. With this assessment you will be sure that your application could be processed with minimum risk of rejection.