Top 5 Things to Prepare Before Submitting Your Express Entry Profile

Season 1 – Episode 2

Welcome to Season 1, Episode 2 of the Canadian Immigration Podcast. In this episode I will be discussing the Top 5 things you need to do to prepare yourself before even thinking about submitting your Express Entry profile.

Opening Tip: Do not take an English Test first as indicated on the CIC Website

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By following the 5 sequential steps below, you can save yourself up to $500 CDN in the event you are ineligible for Express Entry. Not everyone who wants to enter their profile into the Express Entry pool, will be able to meet the minimum eligibility criteria. If you follow these 5 sequential steps you will be able to know, at the earliest possible stage, whether or not you are ineligible from submitting your profile and whether or not it makes sense to pay the approximately $200 CDN for a language test and $300 CDN for an Educational Credential Assessment. I believe that there is no point in wasting your money unless you know there is nothing preventing you from applying.

  1. Assess your admissibility to Canada.
  2. Determine if you have at least 1 year of Skilled Work Experience.
  3. Take the Language Test.
  4. Get an Educational Credential Assessment done.
  5. Determine if you qualify for one of the Economic Immigration Programs (FST, FSW or CEC).

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In this episode, you’ll discover:

  • How to conduct an initial Express Entry screening to determine if you qualify.
  • How to obtain a language test and the minimum scores for Express Entry.
  • How to obtain an Educational Credential Assessment.
  • How to determine if you meet the specific requirements of the individual PR programs (FST, FSW, and CEC).

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Question for our Next Podcast

Have you had your Express Entry application returned, or refused? If so, let me know and I will share in Season 1 – Episode 3, some helpful suggestions for improving your chances of success on the second attempt.
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6 thoughts on “Top 5 Things to Prepare Before Submitting Your Express Entry Profile

  1. Hi Sir ,
    I have questios .
    * I’m foreign-worker in Canada since Jan 2015 , do I need LMIA to apply for PR , because we don’t have LMIA with my current job as supervisor .
    ( I’m bilingual person,I’m fluent in English and French too ).

    Thank you / Merci .

    • Hi Mark…I applied for Permanent Residence through Canadian Experience Class last June 2014..Finished Medicals lat Feb.2015.I requested for GCMs notes to know the progress of my Application..Illegibility-recommended passed,Medicals-passed..Security-not started,Criminality-in progress but towards the end of the notes it has no reportable trace..I called cic and i also emailed them about the status of my Application because its already 16 months since they received it and processing time is only 14 months..But they only said to wait!I don’t know what was the reason why it took so long for them to process..I also read in a forum that a lot of them who are june 2014 applicant that has the same sentiment as mine..afer medical no more news..What can we do so that cic will anser our specific concern and can they tell us exactly what happened with our file?Thanks

      • Jennifer,

        Thanks so much for your question. The short answer rests with the number of officers currently employed by CIC to adjudicate applications. Over three years ago, CIC started closing smaller offices in Canada as well as many visa officers abroad. Many officers decided to accept early retirement and other transitioned into private practice, such as Billie Young within my office who was the main admissions officer within the CIC office in Lethbridge, AB. Fortunately for me Billie came to work within our office. However, many good experienced officers were “downsized” and there was a wholesale reduction in force across the country. Once of the side effects of this process was longer processing times.

        From time to time, CIC places greater emphasis on some applications over another. When they do this, they assign officers away from some lines of business to others. As a result of the introduction of Express Entry and their service level standards of 6 month processing for 80% of applications, many officer traditionally assigned to process pre-Jan 1, 2015 FSW, CEC, and PNP applications are now working on EEs. We have seen processing times continue to climb in most business lines; however there has been a slight reduction in the PNPs from 17 down to 15 months processing.

        Ultimately, we are going to continue to see lengthy processing times of application under the old Economic Class streams until later in 2016 and likely early 2017 when the backlogs have all been flushed out and EE will rule the day.

        Hang in there. I know how frustrating it is. However, you have a bright future ahead of you if you can just hold on until your application finally gets through. You are not alone.

        I welcome any other comments people may have who are in the same situation as Jennifer.

  2. I think someone should help the farm workers as well as the skilled worker they work just as hard if not harder sometimes n they should be able to have opportunity to stay after x amount of yrs coming here

    • I agree 100%. As a kid who grew up on a farm, I agree that farm workers are just as important as any skilled worker. It would be nice for the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program to create a stream for farm workers.

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