Express Entry FAQ
1. What is an Express Entry Profile?
The Express Entry profile is an expression of interest to immigrate to Canada. The Candidate must qualify for one of the following immigration programs
- The Canadian Experience Class
- The Federal Skilled Worker Class
- The Federal Skilled Trades Class; and
- A portion of the Provincial Nominee Programs
Only if the Candidate is eligible to at least one of the above programs then they will be entered into the Express Entry pool. The federal government, as well as the provincial governments, are able to select candidates for the Express Entry pool. If a candidate is selected from the Express Entry pool, he or she will receive an Invitation to Apply
2. What is an Invitation to Apply?
The highest ranking candidates from the Express Entry pool will receive an Invitation to Apply during each draw by the government.
The Invitation to Apply allows the candidate to apply for permanent residence to Canada. The candidate will have 90 days to complete your online application for permanent residence once you are invited to apply.
If you are invited to apply for permanent residence, you will need to show proof of the information you provided on your online Express Entry profile.
3. What happens if my personal information changes after I make my profile? Can I change my personal information on my profile?
The Candidate is required to update his or her Express Entry profile to reflect any changes in their circumstances.
The Candidate can log into their online Express Entry profile to update their personal information at any time prior to receiving an Invitation to Apply.
4. Is there a cap on the number of candidates for Express Entry pool?
There is not cap on the number of candidates that can enter the express entry pool, however, there is a first come first serve basis when a draw occurs.
5. How often is there a draw?
There is not set timing for draws per year or month.
6. Is there a list of eligible occupations for Express Entry?
Candidates must have work experience in a National Occupation Classification (NOC) O, A or B in order to qualify for an immigration class within the Express Entry system, however, there is not list of eligible or noneligible occupations within the above noted NOC groups.
7. Do I need a job offer from Canada for eligibility under Express Entry?
A job offer is not required under the Express Entry system, however, having a valid job offer increases your comprehensive ranking system which in turn increases your chances of receiving an Invitation to Apply.
8. Do I need to take a language test?
Yes, all candidates with an Express Entry profile need to take a language test. The language test results must be submitted at the time of creating an Express Entry profile
9. I have a criminal record, can I still qualify for PR under Express Entry?
If you have committed or been convicted of a crime, you may not be allowed into Canada as you may be deemed criminally inadmissible. However, one can overcome inadmissibility depending on the nature of the crime, time lapsed since conviction and subsequent behavior.
10. How long is my Express Entry profile valid for?
An Express Entry profile is valid for one (1) year.
11. Once my application is submitted, how long does the government take to process the application?
IRCC has outlined they aim to process all applications within six (6) months of submission.
12. Can I bring my family to Canada if I am a successful candidate?
Yes, you can bring your family with you to Canada. The following is a list of family members a successful candidate can bring:
- His or her spouse/common-law partner;
- Dependent Child
Currently the age of dependant child is under 19, however, the government as announced that the age of dependent child will be changing to under 22 on or about October 24, 2017.
13. Can I get a Bridging Open work permit under Express Entry?
Yes, the candidate can apply for a Bridging Open Work permit. It is important to note that the candidate must obtain approval-in-principle of their application before he or she can apply.
1. Who can sponsor a family member to Canada?
An individual can sponsor relatives to come to Canada if:
- They are at least 18 years of age
- A Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada or a person registered in Canada as an Indian
2. Who can be sponsored by a family member to Canada?
An individual can sponsor their:
- Spouse, common-law partner or conjugal partner
- Dependent Child of the sponsored person
- Dependent Child of the sponsored person’s spouse, common-law partner or conjugal partner
- Dependent Child of the sponsored person’s dependent child
- Dependent Child of the sponsored person’s spouse, common-law partner or conjugal partner’s children.
3. What is a dependent child?
Dependent child means a child who is:
- Under the age of 19 and unmarried at the time the application for sponsorship is submitted and they must remain unmarried until the day the child lands in Canada; or
- A child that is dependant on their parents for financial support since before the age of 19 and unable to be financially self-supporting due to a mental or physical condition
4. Does my dependent child must come to Canada with me?
No, it is up to you whether your dependent child immigrates to Canada with you. It is important to note that you must still disclose all your dependent child on your application whether they are accompanying you to Canada or not.
5. Is there a financial undertaking with sponsoring a family member to Canada?ed, how long does the government take to process the application?
When you sponsor a family member you sign an undertaking in which you promise to give financial support for their basic needs. The undertaking length varies depending on the type of family member you are sponsoring.
6. Can a financial undertaking be revoked or cancelled?
No, the undertaking you sign in binding and will stay in effect for the length outlined even if your situation changes.
7. How long does the sponsorship application process take?
Processing times depend on the country your family is being sponsored from. The processing times are posted by IRCC and are subject to change at any time.
8. What if the sponsor has a criminal record?
You are not eligible as a sponsor if you have
- been convicted of a violent or sexual offence, or an offence that caused bodily hard to a relative; or
- threatened to commit a violent or sexual offence or an offence that will cause bodily harm to a relative.
You remain ineligible to be a sponsor if your convictions were in Canada until you are either pardoned, acquitted or five years have elapsed since you completed your sentence.
If the conviction was outside of Canada then you remain ineligible until you are either pardoned, acquitted or five years have elapsed since the completion of the sentence AND you have demonstrated that you are rehabilitated.
Provincial Nominee Program
1. What are Provincial Nominee Programs?
The Federal Government allows Canadian provinces and territories to select individuals for immigration that express interests in settling in their respective province/territory.
2. Which provinces have a Provincial Nominee Program?
- British Columbia
- New Brunswick
- Newfoundland and Labrador
- Northwest Territories
- Nova Scotia
- Prince Edward Island
3. Do I have to have a Provincial Nomination to immigrate to Canada?
No, you are not required to have a Provincial Nomination to obtain Canadian immigration.
4. How does the Provincial Nomination program work with the Express Entry program?
Provinces and territories can nominate several candidates through Express Entry so that they can meet their local and provincial labour needs.
5. Does receiving a provincial nomination to guarantee PR to Canada?
No, IRCC must still examine the statutory requirements such as health and security before they issue a Canadian immigration visa.