January 13, 2022

What is an Express Entry profile and How is the profile created? 

The Express Entry system allows provinces and territories to propose a certain pool of participants who satisfy their local provincial/territorial market demands. This direct invitation can be a lot more beneficial for an immigrant than applying indirectly. The 3 Canada's Express Entry system routes for applying for permanent residency visa are:

  1. Federal Skilled Workers Program (FSWP)
  2. Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP)
  3. Canadian Experience Class (CEC)


Steps Involved in Express Entry Program - How to create an Express Entry profile?


The Canadian government can use online Express Entry profiles to determine whether a skilled immigration candidate is eligible to apply for permanent residence. Applicants must complete the following series of steps in order to generate an Express Entry profile:

Step 1: First, take a language assessment - Language Proficiency Result

All Express Entry skilled immigration programs require applicants to demonstrate their proficiency in at least one of Canada's two official languages, English or French. As a result, skilled immigration applicants must take a government-approved language test as well as submit the results with their application.

Step 2: Have your foreign credentials evaluated - Educational Credential Assessment Process

Applicants who received their education outside of Canada should really have their diplomas evaluated to make sure that their education is comparable to a comparable Canadian education. Under the Federal Skilled Workers Program (FSWP), anyone who wishes to immigrate to Canada must first obtain a credential assessment. But for the Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP) and Canadian Experience Class (CEC), it is not mandatory.

Although not all Express Entry programs require a credential assessment, a successful assessment can greatly improve an applicant's likelihood of succeeding regardless of the Express Entry program to which he or she applies. As a result, it is strongly advised that all Express Entry candidates obtain a credential assessment.

Step 3: Find out what your national occupation classification is (NOC)

All candidates must be able to demonstrate that their professional experience falls under the category of an occupation listed in Canada's National Occupation Classification directory in order to successfully enter the country through the Express Entry system. Under the Express Entry System, only candidates with the following types of employment experience are eligible to apply for immigration.

A minimum of 12 months of constant, full-time, skilled work experience accomplished within the previous ten years (or an equivalent amount in part-time experience). Here, Skilled work experience is defined as experience at NOC Skill Levels 0, A, or B.

Step 4: Find out if you're eligible for Express Entry Immigration

On the website of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, candidates can use an online resource to see if they are qualified to apply to use the Express Entry system. Before you can develop an Express Entry profile, you must first use this tool. Candidates must have already completed a language test and determined which skill type or level of the National Occupation Classification (NOC) they will be applying for in order to use the tool.

Step 5: Build your Express Entry profile

If the online tool specifies that you are qualified for Express Entry immigration, you can start creating your Express Entry profile. In their Express Entry profiles, applicants must include the following information.

  • Age and identity
  • Contact Information
  • a detailed description of their educational background
  • An in-depth description of their work experience
  • Language proficiency
  • Factors that make it easier for them to adjust to life in Canada
  • Family composition
  • If applicable, information on their spouse and perhaps even common-law partner

Candidates must also have the following documents in order to complete a profile successfully:

  • Their travel document (passport)
  • According to the National Occupation Classification Database, the title, as well as the code of the occupation, perfectly represents their work experience.
  • The results of the language test.
  • If necessary, the result of the evaluation of foreign educational credentials.
  • A copy of a Canadian employer's documented job offer
  • Proof of permanent residency nomination from the province (if the candidate has received a provincial nomination).
  • IRCC's online eligibility verification tool provided a personal reference code. After successfully using the online tool, all candidates will receive this reference code.
Step 6: Submit Your Express Entry Profile

The profile should be uploaded once it has been finalized and all required information has been offered. You will obtain an Express Entry profile number as well as a job seeker validation code after you submit your profile. These numbers will be needed by applicants

  • If they are registering for the Job Bank or if they need job search assistance.
  • If they have been nominated by a provincial or territorial government for permanent residence.

You will be positioned in the Express Entry candidate pool if the profile meets the Express Entry criteria as well as the requirements for one of the three Express Entry immigration programs. The Comprehensive Ranking System will be used to assign a score to applicants once they have entered the pool. The validity of an Express Entry profile is one year. Even if an applicant updates the information on their Express Entry profile, it remains valid. If a candidate does not receive an invitation to apply for permanent residence after one year, his or her profile will be removed from the pool.

Step 7: Understanding your CRS score

You can analyze your CRS score on the basis of previously released Express Entry Draws and if you think it is not good enough to get you the invitation, you can focus on improving it from there only. You can enhance your score as well as boost your likelihood of being invited to apply when you're in the pool by completing the following:

  • Using Job Bank to obtain a valid job offer OR exposing oneself to companies in Canada via private-sector job boards
  • Getting in touch with provinces and territories to see if you qualify for the Provincial Nominee Program
  • Increasing your language score
  • Increasing your education
  • Increasing the amount of relevant work experience
Step 8: Waiting for the Invitation and Final Permanent Residency application Submission

After this, if you get selected, the ITA will be sent to those with the highest CRS score in a specific Express Entry draw, which would be typically taken monthly. After receiving your ITA, you have 90 days to offer up documents that back up all the information you provided when creating your Express Entry profile. The required documents for the scheme for which you have applied will be listed on the Express Entry portal and are invited to apply through this program, you will proceed to apply for a Canadian PR Visa. You need to submit the PR Visa application and the required documents to the Canadian Embassy. The following are some of the most common documents you will be asked to submit:

  • Documents supporting your English language test results
  • Photos
  • Civil status documents such as your birth certificate
  • Documents in proof of your work experience
  • Documents in proof of your education achievements
  • Medical certificate from a doctor approved by the IRCC
  • Proof of funds
  • Police clearance certificate
Step 9: Waiting to get the final Visa Confirmation

If everything is on the right track, your documents have been verified, you will be getting the final Visa Confirmation. At this stage, you will be all set to migrate to your dream country.

The whole process seems simple but is very time-consuming and complex in nature. Thus, Professional immigration advice can be very helpful in this situation. The assistance of Canada Immigration Consultants can help make the process a lot easier for you.


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