Canadian Federal Express Entry Programs
Our immigration lawyers guide clients to permanent residence through the federal Express Entry program. We know what the decision-makers are looking for in your application and we ensure you don’t commit mistakes that can lead to delays and rejections. Allow us to maximize your chances and smooth your path towards permanent residence and citizenship.
Express Entry As a Path To Permanent Residency
Permanent residency through the Express Entry program is the go-to pathway to Canadian immigration for skilled workers. If you’re eligible for Express Entry, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will:
- place you in a pool with others who are also eligible
- give you a score and rank you using several factors
- invite you to apply to be a permanent resident of Canada (if you meet the CRS cut-off point).
Completing an online Express Entry profile is often the final step in a journey that requires careful planning. Much is on the line and this step requires proper attention.
We facilitate Express Entry by making sure you don’t commit mistakes that can lead to delays and rejections.
Book a consultation with us to maximize your chances and smooth your path towards permanent residence and citizenship.
How Long does Express Entry take?
Currently, an applicant has 90 days to submit a permanent residence application after being invited to apply. It is therefore important to ensure that all of the relevant documents are received in a timely manner. On average it takes around six months for Express Entry based permanent residence applications to be processed.
Completing an Express Entry profile is often the last step of a process that starts with a temporary resident visa application, and it is important to ensure that no mistakes are made, as Canadian permanent residence is on the line. It is therefore very important to ensure that both the Express Entry profile as well as the subsequent permanent residence application are prepared correctly.
The process is very technical, and the slightest issues can lead to a rejection, or in the worst case a misrepresentation finding. Given the fact that CRS scores vary, and point allocations change with age as well employment status, an initial rejection may be costly.
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Key Considerations of the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS)
It is important to note that the current CRS points system heavily favours younger applicants. For example, a 29 year old applicant with a bachelor and masters, three years of foreign work experience, and Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) level 7 or higher will score a CRS in the 470 range which under normal conditions will lead to an invitation to apply being issued within six months of the profile being submitted. As such they are likely going to receive an invitation to apply without arranged employment or Canadian work experience.
The same candidate at the age of 40 is going to receive a score in the 404 range, which means that he may still be selected by a province but is unlikely to obtain an invitation to apply without arranged employment and/or Canadian work experience.
Another important factor to consider is language testing. A single 40 year old applicant with a foreign bachelor degree, three years of foreign work experience, two years of Canadian work experience as well as arranged employment, will receive a CRS score of 385 based on CLB level 6 and 509 based on CLB level 9 or above.
Language scores can be improved and some of our clients have used IELTS specific language tutors to get a higher CRS score.
Submitting an application for Canadian permanent residence is typically the final step on a journey that began with an initial immigration consultation. Book one today to discuss your options.