Express Entry – Tips to Avoid Disaster

Mark's best tips for navigating Express Entry successfully!

Express Entry is one of the most volatile, scary, and stressful applications that can be submitted to Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada. In this episode I share with you some of my best insights and tips on navigating the Express Entry process safely.

In the first few years of Express Entry, when I received an email from IRCC related to a file starting with the letter “E”, my stomach started to churn and my stress levels started to rise. I hesitated going to my Rep Portal to check to see what this notification could mean. Was it just a simple request for Passports, or was it the dreaded refusal letter for having failed to upload some innocuous document?

Although I don’t feel that way now, I know that many of you fellow practitioners likely do….or if you don’t, it’s likely because you haven’t yet filed many Express Entry applications.  So in order to help reduce the stress level and increase the satisfaction level, I pull back the curtain and share some insight on the whole process and some tips for avoiding some of the more troubling areas.

Here is what I covered:

  1. Quick Overview of Express Entry
  2. CRS Trends and the Rounds of Invitations
  3. How our Clients can Increase Their CRS Scores
  4. Things you must know about Express Entry
  5. Break for our Sponsor – CII
  6. My Essential Practice Tips
  7. Top 5 Crazy Reasons EE Applications were Refused
  8. Top 5 Most Common Reasons for Refusal

Click on this link to access the Slide Deck Mark talked about in this Episode: AQAADI – Express Entry – Holthe 2019


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