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10 Myths About The Express Entry System, Dispelled


The Express Entry system, the main route for economic immigration to Canada, is one of the most well-liked programs. However, a number of well-known falsehoods mislead a lot of people who want to use Express Entry.

Here are 10 widespread misconceptions regarding the Express Entry system to aid you on your journey.


Myth 1: By completing an Express Entry profile, you can immigrate to Canada.


Making an Express Entry profile does not guarantee that you will be invited to apply and granted permission to do so for Canadian permanent residence.


The lifespan of an Express Entry profile is one year. After then, you can update your Express Entry profile, but if your CRS score is too low, you might not receive an application invitation until you raise it.


In addition, Express Entry candidates are selected based on their CRS score rather than at random. As a result, if you think you might be a contender, you can check the results of the previous draws to see if your score will be competitive or not.


Myth 2: Express Entry employs a random selection process.


Express Entry does not contain a random component. Drawings for invitations, as they are commonly called, are not random. Every two weeks, Express Entry drawings are announced, including requirements and a minimum CRS cutoff score.


Only individuals whose CRS scores are higher than the threshold are invited to apply. Additionally, invitations are only distributed to individuals who meet the requirements for that particular draw.


Myth 3: Anyone may register for Express Entry.


The Express Entry myth that anyone can create a profile is the most common. Contrary to popular belief, anyone who qualifies and satisfies the standards of one of the following Express Entry programs may submit a profile:

  • Federal Skilled Worker Program

  • Canadian Experience Class

  • Federal Skilled Trades Program


You are not guaranteed to meet the standards of any of the three programs just because you passed an approved language exam and had your academic credentials evaluated.


Myth 4: Anyone who uploads an Express Entry profile must also be nominated by their province


To receive a nomination from a province, an Express Entry profile is not required. The CRS score of candidates who win a provincial nomination will rise by 600 points, while those who already have a high enough CRS score do not require one.

Provincial government expenses also result in a higher cost for and a potential processing delay for provincial nominations. Also required of people accepting provincial nominations is proof that they intend to live and work in the province that nominated them.


Myth 5: You must have a job offer to submit an Express Entry profile.


For some candidates to be eligible for Express Entry, a job offer is not necessary. For instance, if you are eligible for a particular immigration category, you may not need a work offer from a Canadian company.

For instance, some candidates may need a genuine job offer to meet the minimum FSW points criterion for Federal Skilled Workers, but many others can meet this need even without one.

Candidates for the Federal Skilled Trades may require a genuine employment offer to meet the minimum program requirements. However, if they have a document from a Canadian province or territory certifying that they are qualified to practice their skill, no employment offer is required.

Candidates with a genuine job offer will see a rise in their CRS score of 50 or 200 points, depending on the NOC skill level of the role. Finally, while it does assist, receiving a job offer does not guarantee that you will receive an invitation to submit an application for permanent residence.


Myth 6: Anyone can make a provincial nomination if they want to raise their CRS score.


All Canadian provinces (with the exception of Quebec) and two of its territories have Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs), albeit not everyone is eligible to apply. Additionally, the majority of PNP streams demand that applicants have a legitimate work offer.


The applicant’s primary National Occupational Classification (NOC) code, Comprehensive Ranking System score, and any connections they may have to the specific province or territory are all factors that the provinces take into account for select PNP streams in addition to a job offer.


Myth 7: Only one individual can be added to a couple’s Express Entry profile.


Let’s say a candidate is wed or cohabiting with them in a common-law arrangement. If they meet the requirements for the Canadian Experience Class, Federal Skilled Worker Program, or Federal Skilled Trades Program, their spouse or partner may then construct an Express Entry profile. Couples typically choose one member of the group as the lead applicant since they have a higher CRS score.

In contrast, the person with the lower CRS score can be qualified for several PNPs, increasing the likelihood that the pair will be nominated by the province. However, if both spouses are eligible, it might be beneficial for couples to create profiles for one other.


Myth 8: Language test results are meaningless


An authorized French or English language test is required for all candidates who create an Express Entry profile. It makes no difference if you majored in French or English in college or whether you’re from a nation where either language is the official tongue.

Many applicants believe that if they take the official exam and score at least the required minimum for their immigration program, their scores will be as high as possible. That is untrue.

Candidates will do better than those who only fulfill the basic requirements if they reach Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) level 9. More points will be available to those who reach CLB level 10 or higher.


Myth 9: Express Entry has residency restrictions in Canada.


A few immigration programs that accept applications via the Express Entry system are the Canadian Experience Class, Federal Skilled Worker Program, and Federal Skilled Trades Program.

Once a candidate has registered with Express Entry, they may also qualify for a provincial nomination. If you get an invitation to apply through Express Entry, you can move anywhere in Canada except for Quebec. The usage of Express Entry by persons looking to immigrate to Quebec is not advised.

If a candidate receives an invitation to apply as that province’s nominee, they must intend to live and work in the province that nominated them. However, if given permanent residency status, a person may reside and work anywhere in Canada.


Myth 10: Relatives are not permitted to submit an Express Entry profile.


When completing an Express Entry profile, the applicant must mention their spouse or partner, if appropriate, and whether they will be traveling with them. They will be expected to list their spouse or partner and any dependents after receiving an Invitation to Apply.

Children from past relationships, adoptive children, and stepchildren are all included. All spouses, partners, and dependent children may apply jointly for permanent residence status as long as they are not found

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