Top 5 Reasons Your Express Entry Application Can Get Rejected!

Season 1, Episode 3

Welcome to Season 1, Episode 3 of the Canadian Immigration Podcast. In this episode I will be discussing my Top 5 reasons Express Entry applications get rejected.  

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By listening carefully to this podcast, you just might be able to save yourself from the 5 most common mistakes that can result in the refusal of your permanent resident application under the Express Entry system.

Although there are any number of ways you can be found ineligible to actually participate in Express Entry, this podcast will be focused on the ways you can unknowingly mess up your application after you have been granted an Invitation to Apply for permanent resident status in Canada.

In no specific order, these are the mistakes I see most often in my practice:

  1. Your reference letters are deficient.
  2. You forgot to include all your police clearances.
  3. You failed to include a copy of your degree with your ECA.
  4. You let your language test results expire.
  5. You didn’t provide proof of funds.

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In this episode, you’ll discover:

  • Why the Express Entry program can be so unforgiving to applicants.
  • How to avoid the 5 most common mistakes people make when filing their applications.
  • Great links to essential CIC resources for determining your eligibility under Express Entry.
  • Helpful tips on navigating the complex Express Entry process.

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8 thoughts on “Top 5 Reasons Your Express Entry Application Can Get Rejected!

  1. Sir

    I am from India, an aspirant for Express entry.

    I have a job experience of 3.5 years from three companies and out of this, in two companies I had been only for 10 months. Please let me know whether I can give this experience in my EE Profile.

    I enquired about this to many people and received different opinions some are saying experience below 12 months is not considered while some others say it is not a problem. Please give me a clear picture of this.

    I expects a reply.

    Thanks In Advance,

    Eldho Baby.

    • My sincerest apologies for taking so long to get back to. Were you able to attend the live Express Entry webinar yesterday?

      I highly recommend that you signed up for the Express Entry course I am offering. I will be able to answer all of your questions in detail.

      You can access a replay of the webinar as well as specific information related to the Express Entry course at this link: .

      Have a wonderful evening.

  2. Eligibility points

    1 year 9
    2-3 years 11
    4-5 years 13
    6 or more years 15

    Could you tell what points will I get if I have 3.2 years of experience?

  3. Hi during filling ITA for they have asked “Has ……………… ……… you been refused refugee status, or an immigrant or permanent resident visa or visitor or temporary resident visa, to Canada or any other country?”

    in my case i was rejected by France embassy in 2013 when i applied schgan visa for traveling . that time i was having UK visa and it was expire in three months and in last 3 months i have applied for the schgan visa . they gave me reason that you can not apply bcoz u r visa is expire in last three months .and they put stamps on my old passport . now i have a new passport no stamps on that .please guide me in this .should i mention YES or NO .

  4. I want to know about showing two jobs which I did part-time during my college studies in canada on my work history and my job experience .Both the part time lasted over 9 months same time frame..I worked evening one job and worked on weekend other job

  5. Hello

    I just created a profile for my EE program, but am yet to get a job offer. I got a response yesterday that my application is illegible. I have over 6years application in the skill am applying for. What do you think I can do please? Thank you.