If you are aware of Canada immigration, you must have heard about Express Entry, the most popular pathway for immigrants to Canada. Even provincial programs that invite immigration candidates to work in Canadian provinces choose suitable individuals from the pool of candidates applying with the federal Express Entry system.
The Express Entry system is tasked with handling the applications Canada receives from immigration candidates. They apply to the country’s economic immigration programs like CEC, FSTP, and FSWP. They create a profile along with their applications which is ranked by CRS based on factors such as age, education, work experience, and language proficiency. The highest scorers of CRS points in a federal immigration draw will be invited to apply for Canada PR.
Now that you have had a brief introduction to Express Entry, let’s check out and debunk the myths that exist about it.
Myth 1 – Anybody can submit an Express Entry profile
This is not true. Anyone who wishes to submit a profile with Express Entry has to qualify by meeting the criteria of any one of the economic immigration programs involved namely CEC, FSTP, or FSWP.
Myth 2 – Submitting an Express Entry profile guarantees Canada immigration
It’s nowhere guaranteed that any person who creates an Express Entry profile will get an ITA to apply for Canada PR. Moreover, the profile you register gets expired in 12 months and has to be renewed to keep your chances alive.
The whole process of candidate selection depends on the CRS ranking. All you can do is to do whatever can improve your CRS points. These measures include getting a new educational degree, gaining more work experience, and getting better bands in a language skill test. This will improve your CRS ranking and increase your chances of getting an ITA.
Myth 3 – A provincial nomination is necessary for everyone with an Express Entry profile
This is wrong. Provincial nomination is a pathway that helps you to get a better chance at immigrating to Canada. Canada PNP chooses your profile from the Express Entry profile pool if they find you a suitable candidate to meet the labor market requirements of a province.
Candidates chosen like this are also awarded 600 extra CRS points. This increases the CRS score of the candidate and helps to get a higher chance of applying for Canada PR.
Another fact is that if you have high enough CRS scores even without a provincial nomination, there’s no need for you to be concerned about the selection. PNP nomination is a boon to those with lower CRS scores.
Myth 4 – Anyone can apply for a provincial nomination to improve their CRS score
Mostly, immigration candidates who have a job offer in a province get invited via PNP which then involves the chance for provincial nomination. Where some PNP streams don’t need a job offer, the candidate’s primary NOC and CRS score, among other factors, are considered to invite for nomination. So, not everyone can apply for a provincial nomination just to improve their CRS scores.
Myth 5 – Family can’t be mentioned while creating an Express Entry profile
It’s required for an immigration candidate to declare one’s spouse/partner, wherever applicable. The candidate will also have to state whether the spouse/partner will be accompanying the candidate to Canada.
Once an ITA is issued to the candidate, he/she will need to list the spouse/partner as well as dependents if any. Dependents include own/adopted children or step-children. The spouse/partners and dependents can also get Canada PR along with the main applicant.
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Here are a couple of articles we recommend to read:
PR – Permanent Residence/Permanent Resident
CRS – Comprehensive Ranking System
EOI – Expression of Interest
PNP – Provincial Nominee Program
ITA – Invitation to Apply
FSWP – Federal Skilled Worker Program
FSTP – Federal Skill Trades Program
CEC – Canadian Experience Class