Express Entry Profile – What to consider
Who must create an Express Entry profile?
Candidates applying under:
- Federal Skilled Worker Program
- Federal Skilled Trade Program
- Canadian Experience Class and
- some Provincial Nominee Programs
What’s special about Express Entry?
- Under the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS), candidates compete against each other. There is no such thing as a global passing score. Depending on the competition, the passing score goes up and down from draw to draw.
- The highest-ranking candidates receive an invitation to apply for permanent residence.
- The profile will be ranked based on different factors, including age, education, paid work experience, adaptability factors and spouse-related factors.
- Canadian experience and education and a job offer from a Canadian employer give you more points, but none of that is required!
What’s to consider when creating the Express Entry Profile?
In a nutshell, you should:
- Only provide information you can back up with the required documentation
- Apply at the youngest age possible
- Gather employment verification letters from your employer to prove your NOC Code
- Not forget about the points your spouse / common – law partner might get
- Have your foreign diplomas assessed
Express Entry Profile – Eligibility Evaluation and Profile Creation
When you create your Express Entry profile, you have to include correct information that you will be able to prove with the required documentation.
It’s not necessary to submit the actual language exam and educational credential assessment documentation when you first create your profile. However, you have to indicate the information taken from said documents. Later, you will provide these documents.
For example, some people estimate their language skills and put in the information they think “makes sense”. When they later provide the actual results, they often end up uploading information that is not compliant with what they provided in the first place. Technically, this constitutes misrepresentation and can result in a temporary ban. And for sure, the Canadian government will reject the application!
While it is totally acceptable to calculate your CRS points based on estimations, you will have to create the actual Express Entry profile with the right documents in hand.
If you’re serious about your immigration plans, you will have no choice but to spend that extra money for language tests and educational credential assessments prior to Express Entry profile submission.
Don’t wait for too long
If your age is between 20 and 29 years, you will get the highest score in the Human Capital Ranking. You may currently be delaying submitting a profile so you can earn more work experience. However, keep in mind that the Express Entry profile is valid for one year. You can create another one once the current one is expired.
If your language tests are not older than one year at the time of Express Entry profile expiration, you will be able to use them for another year.
Have your foreign education assessed
Whatever level of education you claim, you will have to get an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) to prove it. An ECA evaluates how your degree compares to one you would earn in Canada. It is the Canadian equivalent of your degree that determines how many points you will score for your education. While you may hold a Master’s degree from your home country, this may only be an equivalent to a Canadian Bachelor’s degree of three years. The result would be that you’ll only be able to claim up to 120 points, as opposed to 135 points.
It may be a good idea to get all of your post-secondary credentials assessed since this will give you extra points under certain circumstances.
How to find the right NOC Code
When you create your profile, you’ll have to claim a certain NOC Code, evidencing your work experience in a certain profession. Whatever NOC code you claim, you’re going to have to prove it when you receive your invitation to apply.
For Canadian immigration purposes, your job title doesn’t matter much. You need to choose the NOC code that matches your actual job duties. An overview of the different codes can be found in the NOC Matrix 2016.
In order to prove that your work experience matches with the code you’re claiming, you have to provide evidence. Ideally, you will be able to submit an employment verification letter from your previous employer, indicating your job title, hours worked per week, tasks performed and your last salary.
For Skilled Workers, it is essential that the job you use for your profile relates to the educational credential you use. By the way, you can also use jobs from before your graduation. However, they can’t be unpaid internships and must be full time (at least 30 hours worked per week).
Don’t Forget your love
It may be beneficial for you to have your spouse apply as the main applicant. If both partners have similar educational credentials and work experience, but one partner is younger than the other, it is almost guaranteed that the younger partner will get more points.
This can also be your common law partner. Your education and language proficiency will also be taken into consideration if you are the accompanying person of the main applicant.
You can choose to apply without your partner. Once you become a permanent resident, you can always sponsor them for permanent residence later.
That being said, you can double your chances by both submitting an Express Entry profile. If one of you receives an invitation to apply, the other one can withdraw their profile.
“Additional Points” under the CRS are for factors such as Provincial Nominee Certificates and verified job offers from a Canadian employer. They can give you up to 600 out of 1200 possible CRS points. However, the minimum required CRS score to receive an invitation to apply hasn’t been above 500 since August 2016.
In other words: if you have them, that’s great. But they are not required to have a competitive Express Entry profile.
Avenue Canada is a Montreal based immigration consultant firm. For further information on our services, contact us today!