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Are you applying for your Permanent Residency through the Express Entry system? If you are nervous and have lots of questions, you are not alone: immigration applications can be quite complex, and mistakes are costly. This is why preparation becomes very important.
So what should you do to ensure that you are fully equipped and prepared for your Express Entry application? Here are a few key things to think about.
Express Entry is a big umbrella for applications from three major programs: Federal Skilled Worker, Federal Skilled Trades and Canadian Experience Class. Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) candidates can also apply through the Express Entry system. When you are submitting your application, you need to make sure that you meet the criteria for your respective economic immigration program.
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Remember: you should fully meet the requirements prior to starting your application. For instance, if the requirement is 1 year of work experience, make sure you have one full year of full-time (or an equivalent combination of part-time) work. Don’t rush into it! It is better to wait a few extra days than have your application rejected.
After you meet the minimum requirements for your respective program, take a look at your tentative Express Entry Comprehensive Ranking Score (CRS). If your score is too low, you might want to wait a little longer before applying. It could be better to improve your language proficiency score, gain more work experience or get an ECA report, even when it is not a part of your minimum qualification requirements.
Applying for immigration is a serious and time-consuming process, so it is not surprising that it can cause a certain amount of stress and anxiety for the applicant. In order to alleviate some of that anxiety, you should start planning early. Do your research on the Express Entry system. What were the most recent selection scores? Have there been any changes to the Express Entry system? What is the approximate list of documents you would need? Questions like these are crucial for a smooth application process.
Here are a few key tips that would help you with your application:
Even though the Canadian government is doing their best to make the Express Entry application process as straightforward as possible, immigration law is a complex matter. You can really benefit from professional legal advice of an Immigration Consultant or Lawyer: they can make the process much faster and smoother, and can find answers to more complex immigration cases and scenarios. Be aware that your immigration representative needs to be accredited: immigration consultants must be a member of the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC), and immigration lawyers must be a member of a Canadian provincial or territorial law society, or the Chambre des notaires du Québec.