Express Entry – Top 5 Reasons you are deemed ineligible by the “Come to Canada” assessment tool

We will also discuss proof of funds in our listener question section

Welcome to Season 1, Episode 5 of the Canadian Immigration Podcast. In this episode I will be discussing my Top 5 reasons you are deemed ineligible when using the “Come to Canada” assessment tool for Express Entry.  

This podcast is dedicated to all of you who have tried to complete the CIC “Come to Canada” tool that is a prerequisite to applying for Express Entry in Canada, but have been found ineligible. Sometimes, your background is not quite what it needs to be in order to qualify. However, in other circumstances, your ineligibility arises because of an error on your part in how you answered the questions within the Come to Canada tool.

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

  1. Your language test is invalid.
  2. You don’t have enough skilled work experience.
  3. You don’t have sufficient funds.
  4. You do not meet the minimum qualifications under one of the 3 Economic Programs.
  5. You have problems with your personal reference code (this is really post eligibility; however, you can consider it a bonus tip).

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In this episode, you’ll discover:

  • The 5 most common reasons people are found ineligible for Express Entry.
  • How to navigate CIC’s “Come to Canada” tool.
  • Great links to essential CIC resources for determining your eligibility under Express Entry.
  • Helpful tips on navigating the complex Express Entry process.
  • What to do if you don’t have your settlement funds and need help from family.

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Express Entry – Top 5 Reasons you are deemed ineligible by the “Come to Canada” assessment tool


  1. Don’t have a valid language test
    • test is more than 2 years old
    • test score is too low
      • CLB 5 for CEC NOC B
      • CLB 7 for FSWP

TIP: remember you enter your actual scores from your test, NOT the CLB conversion totals.

TIP: it asks for your Skilled Work Experience IN CANADA – you need to understand which skill level applies to you.

  1. You don’t have enough skilled work experience
    1. Skilled – B,A, or 0
    2. 1 year, continuous, paid, F/T or equal amount in part time – in only one occupation
  2. You don’t have enough funds
    1. If no job offer, must meet LICO [ will provide LICO Tables
    2. Depends on size of family – larger fam = more settlement funds
  3. Don’t meet minimum qualifications under one of the Economic Programs:
    1. CEC = need minimum 1 year skilled work experience in Canada + English CLB 5 for NOC B and CLB 7 for NOC A and 0
    2. FSWP = 67 points
      • English and/or French Skills (28)
      • Education (25)
      • Work Experience (15)
      • Age (12)
      • Arranged employment in Canada (10)
      • Adaptability (10)
    3. FST =
      1. Language (speak/listen = CLB 5) (read/write = CLB 4)
      2. Skilled Trade Experience 2 years within 5 years previous
      3. Have F/T Offer of Employment for 1 year OR certificate of qualification from a Province or Territory.
  1. Problems with your Personal Reference Code:
    1. Entered the wrong personal reference code:IN0157416692 when started EE profile
    2. Waiting too long to start EE profile and personal reference code has expired – valid for only 2 months
      1. If need to redo profile, this comes up frequently

Listener Questions
Proof of Funds:


I have been granted an ITA through Express Entry and the portal is asking me to provide proof of funds. I know I don’t have enough to cover myself, my wife, and my 2 children. Can I borrow money from my father to provide the “show money”?


Answer: If you are receiving money, it must be an irrevocable gift and not a loan. If you have a large deposit within the previous 6 months, you simply need to explain where the money came from, this will be critical. Maybe you sold a house or other possessions to obtain the settlement funds.

Key Suggestion: try to save money in advance and have it in your account over a period of 6 months. If money is obtained from family, it has to be an irrevocable gift to you. May sure that you provide an affidavit or other document confirming that your family provided you with the money and does not expect it to be paid back.

This should include details related to the transaction such as:

  • Date and amount of the transfer of funds
  • Account numbers and who owns the accounts
  • Even reference numbers for the wires or other transfers

Always include a letter explaining where the funds came from.

Don’t forget the bank letter confirming the following:

  • Your name and date of the statement
  • Account number
  • Current balance
  • Average balance in the past 6 months
  • Date the account was opened

TIPS: you can show funds from multiple accounts  and use them collectively

TiP: if you have sufficient funds in one account, you don’t need to submit letters for all of your accounts.

Tip: You can NOT use property valuations as proof of funds. The property would need to be sold and the funds available in your account.

Tip: You can also NOT show borrowed funds, so loans are out.


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One thought on “Express Entry – Top 5 Reasons you are deemed ineligible by the “Come to Canada” assessment tool

  1. My husband and I came to Canada in 2013 as visitors we are now on implied status cause our last visitor extension was refused so we applied for restoration and waiting on the result. Now we want to live here so my husband has an employer who applied for an lmia and for it but the work permit was refused. He was told to reapply for the lmia which he did and we are waiting on the result. So my husband decide to set up his express entry profile and was deemed ineligible we are wondering why cause he scored 7,8,9 and 8 in celpip test he has 4 years working experience in the field also his noc # is B level . We also have a 8month baby here . What can we do now cause we don’t want our baby to grow up outside of Canada. Can he delete this profile and start over. Just tell us your advice. Thank you very much….waiting

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