Once the candidate has decided to apply for the Canadian federal immigration program and has collected the required documents for the process; the next step is to submit their profile into the express entry pool. This pool comprises profiles of eligible candidates, and they are all evaluated against each other using the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS).
The CRS takes into account various factors to rank these profiles. Following this ranking, the highest-scoring profiles receive invitations to apply for Canadian Residency. It’s an exciting journey, and your path to Canadian permanent residence awaits through this systematic and merit-based process.
Steps to Create and Submit Express Entry Profile
Welcome to your journey towards Canadian immigration through the Express Entry system! We’ve simplified the steps for you to easily navigate the process and increase your chances of success.
Step 1: Show your language skills in English or French with a government-approved test.
Step 2: If educated outside Canada, get your credentials assessed for equivalence, especially for the Federal Skilled Worker Program.
Step 3: Ensure your work experience aligns with NOC categories:
- TEER 0 (Management occupations)
- TEER 1 (Occupations that usually require a university degree)
- TEER 2 (Occupations that usually require a college diploma, apprenticeship training of two or more years, or supervisory occupations)
- TEER 3 (Occupations that usually require a college diploma, apprenticeship training of less than two years, or more than six months of on-the-job training)
Step 4: Use the online tool on the Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada website to confirm your eligibility. Have your language test results and NOC details ready.
Step 5: Once eligible, start building your Express Entry profile with the essential details:
- Identity, age, and contact information
- Educational and work history
- Language proficiency
- Adaptability factors for life in Canada
- Family composition details, including your spouse or partner
Keep these documents handy:
- Passport or travel document
- NOC occupation code
- Language test results
- Educational assessment (if required)
- Job offer from a Canadian employer (if available)
- Provincial nomination proof (if applicable)
- Personal reference code from the eligibility tool
Step 6: After completing your profile, submit it. You’ll receive an Express Entry profile number and a job seeker validation code.
Note: these are for future use, especially if registering for the Job Bank. Remember, entering the pool doesn’t guarantee an invitation; your score on the Comprehensive Ranking System matters.
Step 7: Though no longer mandatory, register for the Job Bank if you require job search assistance.
Step 8: Regularly update your profile for changes like work experience, new language test results, or updated education.
Your Express Entry profile is valid for one year. It may become invalid if you no longer meet the criteria or receive an invitation, but declining an invitation revalidates your profile.