10 Myths and Misconceptions About the Express Entry System Debunked

express-entry-2015The Express Entry system is now in place and has completely revolutionized the management of Canada’s immigration system. New practices have been adopted to deal with incoming applications, which means much faster processing times.

However, not everyone is as clued-up about Express Entry as they claim to be, and here at VisaPlace, we’ve noticed there are several misconceptions about the express entry program.

We’re going to tackle some of the biggest myths and misconceptions that currently exist about Express Entry program.

Myth 1. Anyone can enter the Express Express Entry Pool

Fact: You can only enter the Express Entry pool if you’re eligible for Canadian immigration via a federal economic immigration program.

One of the biggest misconceptions is that anyone who wishes to immigrate to Canada – regardless of age or skill level – may enter the pool for Express Entry. This simply isn’t true, and candidates have to be eligible for one of the existing federal economic immigration programs:

To find out whether you’re eligible for Canadian immigration, fill out our free immigration assessment.

Myth 2. You must have a job offer to qualify for Express Entry

Fact: A job offer isn’t absolutely necessary, but it will help improve your chances

It’s true that Canadian employers will be allowed to have a more direct impact via Express Entry, but you won’t need a job offer to immigrate to Canada under the new system.

If you’re a candidate in the Express Entry pool, you’ll be given points and ranked using the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). Under this system, you could be awarded up to 1,200 points – 600 of which will be allocated if you’ve been awarded with either a qualifying job offer or provincial nomination certificate.

Myth 3. The eligible occupation list under the Federal Skilled Worker Program still applies

Fact: As of January 1, there is no eligible occupation list 

There has been much confusion from potential candidates around the subject of the older eligible occupation list for the FSWP, and whether it still remains in place or will be updated. In fact, there is now no eligible occupation list at all.

Candidates must instead simply be able to demonstrate they’ve had at least a year’s work experience in a skilled occupation at some point within the last 10 years. In terms of eligibility, this is particularly good news for potential candidates who previously might not have been included in the previous list of eligible occupations.

Canadian jobs fall under National Occupational Classifcation (NOC) codes, which are split up by skill type and level, so you will be able to check whether your occupation is classified as skilled.

It’s also wise to note that the list of ineligible occupations for Canadian Experience Class (CEC) will also not apply to Express Entry.

Myth 4. Express Entry is the only way you can become a Canadian economic immigrant 

Fact: Express Entry will cover most economic immigration programs, however provinces will still be able pick immigrants from outside of the Express Entry system within a certain allocation

Canada’s provinces and territories have an added advantage in that they are able to select a certain number of immigrants based on their provincial labor market needs. This means that although most economic immigrants will have to use the Express Entry route from 2015 onwards – including a certain allocation of provincial nominees – each province and territory will still have a ‘base’ Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) which they can use to select immigrants who do not have to be eligible under Express Entry.

One example is Quebec, which is not taking part in the federal Express Entry System – instead, immigrants will have a Skilled Worker channel and a Quebec Experience program (both scheduled to restart on April 1, 2015).

Myth 5. When you’re invited to apply for permanent residence as an Express Entry candidate, you’ll have plenty of time to gather all the documents you need and get your application submitted within 60 days

Fact: If you wait until you are issued an invitation to apply, you may find it a struggle to gather all the documentation you need to submit your application within the deadline of 60 days 

Truthfully, gathering up enough documentation to complete your application to a satisfactory standard (as far as CIC is concerned) isn’t easy. It will require collecting many personal documents, qualifications/education credentials, employment references, letters, and the many forms which must be completed accurately and to the letter.

Myth 6. You don’t need to pass any language tests to enter the Express Entry pool

Fact: All candidates have to pass a standardized English or French language test that has been recognized by the Canadian government before they are allowed to enter the pool. 

It’s been confirmed by CIC that all candidates must demonstrate their language proficiency in either French or English (the official languages of Canada) in order to be included in the Express Entry pool.

Your language proficiency must meet the eligibility requirements set for your chosen federal economic immigration program, and we recommend you take a language test as soon as possible if you wish to enter the Express Entry pool.

Myth 7. Candidates will be able to see their points and ranking under the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) and know how many points they’ll need to be issued an invitation

Fact: Although candidates will be able to see their Comprehensive Ranking System points total, and know the points threshold for the most recent draw, they will not be able to see their specific ranking. Nor will candidates be able to tell how many points will be required for the next draw from the Express Entry pool. 

The Comprehensive Ranking system is predominantly for CIC’s benefit, as an accurate method of ranking the most eligible candidates. CIC has no intention of releasing information such as how many points will be required for upcoming draws, although eligible candidates will be able to see the points required for draws that have already taken place.

Being able to see this information may help you work out a number of points you should aim for, although surpassing this will not provide you with any guarantees that you will be issued an invitation to apply for permanent residence via Express Entry.

Myth 8. You can use Express Entry to give false information to immigrate to Canada

Fact: If you misrepresent yourself on your application, you will be caught and will face stern penalties

No matter how much you want to immigrate to Canada, we really don’t recommend lying on your application. Whether you might be hoping to attain some extra human capital credentials prior to being issued an invitation to apply, or you’re just hoping you won’t be caught out, you could be risking your future chances of ever being able to immigrate.

The Canadian government is being very rigorous with checks when it comes to processing applications, and falsehoods can and will be detected. The penalty for misrepresentation has increased from two years to a total of five years of inadmissibility, alongside a five-year ban when it comes to applying for permanent residency.

Myth 9. Once you create your Express Entry profile, it cannot be updated even if you improve your points

Fact: As a candidate, you can update your profile at any time whilst in the Express Entry pool 

In truth, you’ll actively be encouraged to keep your profile updated, as any improvements you make to your core factors (such as gaining new language abilities, gaining qualifications or completing new work experience) can add to your overall points in the Comprehensive Ranking System.

You may also receive a provincial nomination or job offer from a Canadian employer, which would give you a significant points boost. While your profile remains in the pool, it will not be ‘locked’ at any time.

Myth 10. Express Entry makes the whole immigration process far too easy

Fact: The Canadian government is being very strict when reviewing applications, and you will need to provide many supporting documents that must meet the CIC’s standards 

The Canadian government has been working towards improving its immigration system in a way that will address the country’s labor market shortages and fulfill its long-term economic needs. This means that immigration processing times are now more efficient than ever, but that doesn’t mean that your application will not undergo the same amount of scrutiny than before – in fact, it could be subject to even greater scrutiny, and it will be absolutely imperative that you meticulously prepare all your supporting documentation and ensure all of your information is 100% accurate.

Are you interested in applying for Express Entry?

In order to get an invitation to apply for permanent residence, you have to be selected from a pool of highly qualified applicants. Our job is to make you STAND OUT from the crowd. We will assess your case, highlight the best aspects of your application, and make sure that the government notices you! This way, your chances of getting an invitation are maximized.

Call us today for an assessment to see if you are eligible for Express Entry to Canada, or fill out our online assessment form.

 

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About Michael Niren

Michael is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Association’s Citizenship and Immigration Section and the Associate Member of the American Bar Association. Read more

33 thoughts on “10 Myths and Misconceptions About the Express Entry System Debunked

  1. ashish

    hi,
    My name is ashish my query is that we have entered in express entry pool and the primary candidate is my wife her crs score is 352, but she has received the appointment letter from the reputed company . so now what type of visa will be issued to us is it emplyment visa or ITA from the canadian government, will my wife be able to take her family along with her.

    how,

    Reply
    1. Immigration Lawyers

      Hi Ashish,

      Thank you for contacting us at VisaPlace! We can certainly explain what type of visa will be issued, and your wife may be able to take her family along with her, but we will have to take a closer look at your case to determine all of this. Hiring an immigration lawyer will help you get answers to all of your questions, plus it will increase the chance of getting a visa approved. Please, complete this form for me http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/ it is just a quick and easy way for me to learn more details about your situation so that I will be able to advise you accurately and determine the best avenue for us to take to give you the best legal advice.

      The above response is for informational purposes only and does not form a lawyer-client relationship nor should it be construed to be legal advice.

      Reply
  2. Ranjan

    Hi,
    I have been working for an IT firm since Feb 2014 and my current contract will end on July 22. My contract got renewed till Jan 2018. Can I get 50 points for my contract?
    My employer said that after 4 years they extend after each six months.

    Thanks
    Ranjan

    Reply
    1. Immigration Lawyers

      Hello Ranjan,

      Thank you for contacting us at VisaPlace! We would need to take a closer look at you and your case to determine how many points will be added to your contract. Hiring an immigration lawyer will help you get answers to all of your questions, plus it will increase the chance of getting a visa approved. Please, complete this form for me http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/ it is just a quick and easy way for me to learn more details about your situation so that I will be able to advise you accurately and determine the best avenue for us to take to give you the best legal advice.

      The above response is for informational purposes only and does not form a lawyer-client relationship nor should it be construed to be legal advice.

      Reply
  3. Tilak Kumar

    Hi,
    I’m yet to submit the express entry profile. In one of the section (Study and languages)in the profile, there is a question asking ‘Educational Credential Assessment (ECA)’ for the degree I have completed outside Canada. Since I don’t have the ECA for my bachelor’s degree, is it okay to choose ‘No’ for now and proceed with completing the profile?

    Should I get the ECA once I’m invited?
    Appreciate your thoughts on this.

    Thanks,
    Tilak

    Reply
    1. Immigration Lawyers

      Hi Tilak,

      Thank you for contacting us at VisaPlace! I can understand how applying for express entry can be quite confusing and that is why we recommend allowing us to apply for you. The number one reason Express Entry applications are denied is because people attempt to apply themselves. Hiring an immigration lawyer will help you get answers to all of your questions, plus it will increase the chance of getting a visa approved. Please, complete this form for me http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/ it is just a quick and easy way for me to learn more details about your situation so that I will be able to advise you accurately and determine the best avenue for us to take to give you the best legal advice.

      The above response is for informational purposes only and does not form a lawyer-client relationship nor should it be construed to be legal advice.

      Reply
  4. omowumi

    I’d like you to shed more light on the adaptability score? I have a cousin who is a permanent resident in canada, can this person sign for me to claim the 15points adaptability score?

    Thank you

    Reply
    1. Immigration Lawyers

      Hi Omowumi,

      Thank you for contacting us at VisaPlace! We would absolutely be able to look at you and your case to determine the highest possible score you can obtain on the Express System pool. Hiring an immigration lawyer will help you get answers to all of your questions, plus it will increase the chance of getting a visa approved. Please, complete this form for me http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/ it is just a quick and easy way for me to learn more details about your situation so that I will be able to advise you accurately and determine the best avenue for us to take to give you the best legal advice.

      The above response is for informational purposes only and does not form a lawyer-client relationship nor should it be construed to be legal advice.

      Reply
  5. VIVEK SHINGARI

    Do CIC send ITA to all the candidates who fall in the cut off list?
    i.e., my score is 407.
    Am is sure to get the ITA if the score falls to 407 in the next round?

    Reply
    1. Immigration Lawyers

      Hi Vivek,

      Thank you for contacting us at VisaPlace! Unfortunately, we cannot give legal advice over the internet, but you can feel free to direct your questions here: http://www.visaplace.com/contact, and we will get back to you!

      The above response is for informational purposes only and does not form a lawyer-client relationship nor should it be construed to be legal advice.

      Reply
  6. Shridhar Chandna

    I am Shridhar Chandna from India. I have completed my Bachelors in Business Studies from a central university in India in 2014 and further complet d my Masters of Science in Business and Management from The University of Nottingha, The UK (Oct , 2015). And since November 2015, I have be n working as a Senior Manager in a Manufacturing House Firm in India. Now I am looking to moving to Canada.
    How can VisaPlace help me in this scenario? And what will be your recommendation a study visa or express entry??

    Reply
    1. Immigration Lawyers

      Hi Shridhar,

      Thank you for contacting us at VisaPlace! With your advanced degree and work experience, you may be eligible for a visa. We have helped thousands of clients immigrate to Canada, and we may be able to help you! I do need to take a closer look at your case. Hiring an immigration lawyer will help you get answers to all of your questions, plus it will increase the chance of getting a visa approved. Please, complete this form for me http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/ it is just a quick and easy way for me to learn more details about you and your situation so that I will be able to advise you accurately and determine the best avenue for us to take to give you the best legal advice.

      The above response is for informational purposes only and does not form a lawyer-client relationship nor should it be construed to be legal advice.

      Reply
  7. Abisoye

    I got nominated through the Manitoba provincial nomination and I have done my pr visa application, but I just realize that I may not be able to leave Manitoba after landing, else my sponsor will not be able to sponsor our other siblings. I have plans of doing my PhD in alberta because the University of Manitoba does not have my desired course. My question are; can I leave Manitoba temporarily to study in another province (I will be returning to Manitoba at my sponsors house during my holidays and some weekends) or will you advice that I withdraw my paper pr visa application and enter express entry pool and hold on till I get an ITA?

    Reply
  8. Rohan

    Hi how are you
    I have done bsc in hotel management from India and graduate diploma in hotel management level 7 from New Zealand . I have 3 years experience in hotel industry as food and beverage attendant and in my ielts I scored 7 all above 6 . Can u plz tell me is m eligible for express entry or not ?

    Reply
    1. Immigration Lawyers

      Hi Rohan,
      Thank you for your inquiry, I’m glad you contacted us! With your extended experience, you may qualify for Express Entry. We have helped thousands of clients in your same situation gain express entry status. Hiring an immigration lawyer will help you get answers to all of your questions plus it will also increase the chance of approval of the visa you are inquiring. Please, complete this form for me http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/ it is just a quick and easy way for me to learn more details about you and your situation so that I will be able to advise you accurately and determine the best avenue for us to take to give you the best legal advice.

      The above response is for informational purposes only and does not form a lawyer-client relationship nor should it be construed to be legal advice.

      Reply
  9. Wanny

    Hi

    I am in a fix and need help. I have just received an ITA (I am the primary applicant and husband is secondary applicant). However, at the time of filing application, i was also mulling a resignation from my current job. Is it okay to quit job after receiving an ITA and moving into freelance position for 6-8 months. My experience is already 6 years, so it doesn’t affect my points in any way. Please suggest.

    Thanks
    Vani

    Reply
    1. Immigration Lawyers

      Hi Wanny,
      Thank you for your inquiry, I’m glad you contacted us! I can understand how the process of immigrating can be quite confusing or frustrating. Hiring an immigration lawyer will help you get answers to all of your questions and have the legal assistance to help you during your journey. Please, complete this form for me http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/ it is just a quick and easy way for me to learn more details about you and your situation so that I will be able to advise you accurately and determine the best avenue for us to take to give you the best legal advice.

      The above response is for informational purposes only and does not form a lawyer-client relationship nor should it be construed to be legal advice.

      Reply
  10. Shahbir Pratap Sing Sandhu

    Halo everyone
    I am Shamsher from India
    I wish to apply for PR visa under Express Entry. My profile is:
    1] Masters degree in Bioinformatics
    2] 2007-2008 : work exp in private biotech company
    3] 2009-2012: work experience in IIT Chennai
    4] gap year: oct 2012 to oct 2013
    5] 2013-2016: Phd in Germany ( discontinued in oct 2016 due to unavoidable circumstances)

    Currently looking for a job.
    If i mention Ph.d study in my express entry application will that decrease my chances of acceptance?
    i would appreciate any help in this regard
    wish u a nice day

    Reply
    1. Immigration Lawyers

      Hi Shahbir,
      I’m glad you have contacted us! We have helped thousands of clients in similar situations of wanting to work in Canada through the Express Entry Program. Unfortunately, we are not a job searching website so we do not provide job opportunities, but we can provide the visa to obtain a position.

      Please Shahbir complete this form for me http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/ it is just a quick and easy way for me to learn more details about you and your situation so that I will be able to advise you accurately and determine the best avenue for us to take to get you status here in America.

      The above response is for informational purposes only and does not form a lawyer-client relationship nor should it be construed to be legal advice.

      Reply
  11. Massirah

    Hello, I am at a score of 393 in the CRS. Can i appy for the express entry and then try to upgrade my language results? Or better to wait?

    Reply
    1. Immigration Lawyers

      Hi Massirah,
      Thank you for your inquiry, I’m glad you have contacted us! We have helped thousands of clients in similar situations of not sure how their score will affect the application process. I would love to help you during this process! Hiring one of our immigration lawyers helps you during your visa process by providing step by step legal advice and conversation about your case.

      Please, complete this form for me http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/ it is just a quick and easy way for me to learn more details about you and your situation so that I will be able to advise you accurately and determine the best avenue for us to take to give you the best legal advice.

      The above response is for informational purposes only and does not form a lawyer-client relationship nor should it be construed to be legal advice.

      Reply
  12. Keyur

    Hi,
    I have one year experience in Canada and one year outside Canada.
    I have bachelor’s degree and have studied in Canada also.
    I tried the CRS tool to calculate my point under express entry. When I add my spouse to my profile the points decreases.
    My question is can I create two profiles, one with spouse coming to Canada and another not coming to Canada?

    Reply
    1. Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello Keyur. You have several options for your wife; a separate Express Entry profile, or a spousal sponsorship once you obtain your Permanent Residency. We will need to know more about the details of your situation. I am going to suggest that you contact us to make an appointment to talk with one of our immigration professionals who will be able to plan the best strategy for you. You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-416-410-7484 or online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
      Regards, Muga

      Reply
  13. iza

    Hi there. Question…I have a canadian tourist visa and I am waiting for my express entry application update. Since I have a tourist visa, will it help if i walk in and apply for job openings. Thank you.

    Reply
    1. Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello Iza. It often helps when potential employers can meet with candidates, but you should let the potential employer know what you current status is. If you need help with your immigration application so that you will have a legal team taking care of all the matters that may arise, then please contact us to book a consultation with one of our immigration professionals. You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-855-886-8472 or online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
      Regards, Muga

      Reply
  14. Harinder

    My current CRS points in express entry is 440. Can i increase my points by obtaining a additional part time diploma of 1 year

    Reply
    1. Vahe Mirzoyan

      Hello Harinder. Unfortunately obtaining an additional part time diploma for 1 year will not increase your Express Entry points.
      Regards, Vahe

      Reply
      1. Harinder

        Can anyone increase their crs point by getting an additional fulltime diploma of 1 year
        Is full time diploma of 1 year works

        Reply
        1. Vahe Mirzoyan

          Hello Harinder,

          The one year program may slightly increase your Express Entry points.

          Regards, Vahe

          Reply
  15. JOBY

    I have been working in Canada between 2009 and 2013 as a cook with an Indian Restaurant. But My employer has given a cold shoulder to my constant request for one. Can I proceed with my application for Canadian PR without a reference letter. He has given me an experience letter and I have payslips, T4, Copies of work permits(2009 to 2012 & 2012 to 2013) job offer letter and LMO of 2009 & 2012.

    Reply
  16. Mira Freiwat

    Hello Supriya,

    Thank you for your post. Express Entry is a very new program that CIC has introduced to assist applicants with immigrating to Canada in a way that is intended to make the process quicker and easier. Because it is still extremely new (launched in January 2015) there are many revisions that have been made since it launched to improve applicant’s chances of obtaining Permanent Residency. It appears that the point scores are trending down to give opportunities to those who have excellent qualifications but either don’t have secured employment yet or have obtained employment but cannot convince the employer to provide them with a Labour Market Impact Assessment.

    Keep applying for jobs Supriya, because the more active you are in searching, the greater your chances are of getting hired! What I always recommend to client’s who get asked if they have authorization to work in Canada by a Canadian employer is this “I am a qualified applicant and I am eligible for a Work Permit, but Canadian Immigration Laws state that I need to obtain a job offer letter from you so that I can apply for the Permit. If you choose to hire me and provide me with a letter stating my title and job duties, this will supplement my application that should be processed in 3 months or less”. Not all employers are familiar with the immigration laws surrounding employing foreign nationals…and with that being said, it is illegal for you or the employer to hire you without a valid work permit.

    Be patient and keep searching! Best of luck to you!

    MF

    Reply
  17. Supriya Korde

    Hi there, I am an express entry pool candidate with CRS points #405. With the trend of draws it looks difficult that minimum required points will drop to 400. So I have been trying to get a job but no luck yet. When I submit a resume for any opening in Canada they ask if we are legally eligible to work in Canada, so is it not possible to get a job in Canada without getting an ITA or permanent residence status? If so, what are the possible ways to find for a job? Please assist.

    Reply
    1. Junaid

      Hi Supriya …. I am also at the same position of yours….plz tell me did you find any job yet or not.txxx

      Reply

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