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SASKATCHEWAN EXPRESS ENTRY
Express Entry is an online system which is used for managing applications for permanent residence from skilled workers in Canada.
There are 4 steps to apply to a program which is part of Express Entry.
- Step 1: Checking the program’s eligibility.
- Step 2: Gather all the necessary documents.
- Step 3: Submit your profile online and check your score by a points-based system.
- Step 4: Receive an invitation to apply for permanent residence.
Most complete applications which include all the supporting documents should be processed in 6 months or less.
Step 1 – Checking the program’s eligibility
If you want to know whether or not you are eligible for an Express Entry program, see 2 ways below:
- Checking whether or not you meet the minimum conditions by answering a few questions
- Checking the eligibility for Express Entry programs
Checking whether or not you meet the minimum conditions by answering questions
There are 3 immigration programs which is part of Express Entry, each of which contains different requirements. If you want to have a live in Canada and a skilled job, answer a few questions to see whether or not you are able for an application under Express Entry. Filling out this form will take about 10 – 15 minutes.
Your questions will be about:
- You nationality
- Your language skills
- Your age
- Your education
- You work experience
- Your family members
- Details on any job offer
After answering the questions, you will be informed about which programs you are eligible for. Therefore, please be as accurate as possible.
In case you have the eligibility for Express Entry, you will be provided a detailed instructions for the following steps, which include completing an online profile.
After that, if you success in meeting the requirements, your profile will be put in a pool of candidates for immigration and you may be invited to apply.
Checking the eligibility for Express Entry programs
The government of Canada will choose skilled workers according to their skills and their potential of contributing to the country’s economy.
There are 3 economic immigration programs under Express Entry management:
- Federal Skilled Trades Program
- Federal Skilled Worker Program
- Canadian Experience Class
Through the Provincial Nominee Program (PMP), each province and territory is able to recruit from the Express Entry pool of candidates to satisfy local labour market needs.
Step 2 – Gather all the necessary documents
Not all necessary documents for an Express Entry program need to be uploaded online, however you should always need to know about them. Also, some of them is only necessary depends on your situation.
For your Express Entry profile:
- Passport or travel document
- Language test results
- Proof of Canadian education or Educational credential assessment report
- Provincial nomination
- Written job offer from an employer in Canada
- Proof of funds
For your permanent residence:
- police certificates
- medical exams
- proof of funds
- birth certificate
- use of a representative
- common-law union
- marriage certificate
- divorce certificate and legal separation agreement
- death certificate
- adoption certificate
Other documents which may be relevant:
- proof of relationship to a relative in Canada
- digital photos to confirm your identity
- other name to confirm aliases
- authority to release personal information to a designated individual
- any other documents that you feel are relevant to your application
Step 3 – Submit your profile online and check your score by CRS tool
Filling out your Exprss Entry online profile is one way to provide detailed information about yourself.
Once eligible, you will be accepted into the pool of candidates.
Via a points-based system, your profile will be ranked in the pool. The score will depend on the information provided in your profile.
You can check your score by using Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) tool for skilled immigrants.
How to submit your online profile
Fill out the online form
The first step to go to Canada as a skilled immigrant is to submit your online profile to the Express Entry pool
Once eligible, you will:
- Be in a pool of other eligible candidates.
- Be given a score and rank based on several factors.
- Be invited to apply to become a permanent resident of Canada, in case you belong to the top candidates.
Please note that submitting your Express Entry profile online does not guarantee that you will be invited to apply for permanent residence and if you are not invited, you cannot apply online.
Answer eligibility questions: Spend about 10 – 15 minutes to answer some questions to know whether or not you are eligible for Express Entry.
In case you are married or you have a common-law partner, either you or your partner must be the principal applicant. This person is the one submitting the profile and list the other person as partner/spouse in it.
*Common-law partner (or common-law spouse): someone who spent at least one year living with another person (same-sex or opposite-sex) in a matrimonial relationship.
The principal applicant is the person who is most likely to:
- Meet all eligibility requirements
- Gain the most points in the 6 selection factors (if you are applying by the Federal Skilled Workers Program)
- Gain the most points in the Express Entry’s CRS.
Create your online Express Entry profile
When you are considered eligible, the CRS tool will send you to your online account so that you can fill out a profile.
If you don’t already have an account, please create one by follow the instructions below:
- Fill in your person reference code (given by the CRS tool)
- Fill in your personal detailed information
- Create and then log in on your account
After creating, you can complete the profile with:
- Information from several documents such as language test results
- Your National Occupational Classification code and job title
Your information will automatically saved to your account so you can exit the profile any time.
After creating, your profile will be given a 60 days period to be fully filled out and submitted. If not, you will need to start again.
After completing and submitting your profile, the Government will look into which immigration program under Express Entry you are eligible for.
During the time you wait in the pool
While waiting in the pool, if you get invited to apply, you will have 60 days to submit a full application.
- Prepare your documents: getting the documents ready help you apply easier once invited.
- Language tests: See if your language test results are still valid (within 2 years since the date of the result). Also, they must be valid at the time you appl for permanent residence. In case of expired results, you can:
- Get another test
- Decline the invitation, return to the candidate pool so that you can be considered for application in the future
- Keep in mind that applying for permanent residence with expired language test result will result in rejection of your application.
- Police certificates: You and any of your family member that are 18 years old or older need to obtain police certificates. This certificate can take a long time to be obtained in some countries. Therefore, you ought to ask for them while you are still in the pool so that you can submit them within 60 days.
- Search for a Job: You can create a Job Match account by using Job Bank – a database which match you with employers who wants to find workers with skills like yours. However, first you have to get the Job Seeker validation code which is provided to you after submitting your profile. You can still use Job Bank after arriving in Canada.
- Improve your score: You can try to improve your score and rank by many methods below:
- Have a valid job offer: You can use Job Bank or you can prompt ourself to Canada employers by private-sector job boards.
- Ask provinces and territories to be considered for a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP)
- Improve your education
- Increase your language skills
- Get further relevant work experience
- Keep your online profile up-to-date: Ernsure your profile information to keep being true and accurate at all times. In case of any changes, you must update your profile. For example when you begin or lose a job, get a better language test result, divorce or get married, have a child… In case the Govenment find any information on your profile to be false or left out any details, you may get:
- Your application refused
- Considered inadmissible
- Barred from applying to go to Canada for 5 years for any reason
- Keep yourself updated about Express Entry: You can sign up for email updates and follow the Government of Canada’s official social media channels for latest news on Express Entry.
In order to rank each candidate in the pool, the Government of Canada use CRS as a points-based system. They choose candidates with the highest rank in the pool and invite them to apply for permanent residence.
At the time of each invitation round, there is an instruction set which is posted online. These instructions are used for inviting candidates. They include:
- The time and date of the invitation round
- The number of candidates who will receive invitation to apply
- Which immigration program to be included in the invitation round. Some invitations round only invite candidates for only 1 program (like Federal Skilled Trades Program). You can check your score to find out the your likelihood of being invited in the next invitation round.
Answer to your invitation to apply
In case of you getting invited to apply for permanent residence, your account will receive a message that contains:
- The name of the immigration proram that you have been invited to apply for
- Instructions on what should you do next
You will need to present proof of the information in your online profile. The Govenment of Canada will verify between the information submitted in your application and the details in your profile. In case they find anything on your profile to be false or left out any details, you may get:
- Your application refused
- Considered inadmissible
- Barred from applying to go to Canada for 5 years for any reason
After receiving invitation, you can look at the requirements of the program under which you have been invited to apply to see whether or not you are still eligible. Also, knowing the requirements get you more prepared for the program and help you make a decision whether to accept the invitation or not.
Changes to your personal situation
In case you have any changes to your or your partner’s or your spouse’s situation, you ought to calculate your score again before you apply for permanent residence. In case the recalculated score is lower than lowest score in your invitation round, you should decline the invitation. Continueing to apply anyway may result in:
- Having your application refused
- Not getting your application fee refunded
Here are some of the common changes that can decrease your score:
- You don’t have a provincial nomination anymore
- You don’t have a valid job offer anymore
- Your language test scores are either expired or become lower after you retest.
Declining your invitation to apply
In case you decide to decline your invitation to apply, you will return as a candidate in the Express Entry pool. If you are still eligible then, you will be considered in the future invitation rounds. However, you are not guaranteed to receive invitation to apply again.
The cut-off score is different for each round. You might not receive invitation again if you don’t earn enough score. You may have to take extra steps to improve your score so that you can be invited one more time.
When declining your invitation and choosing to re-enter the candidate pool, it does not affect your chance of being invited again. However, if you choose not to decline invitation and also not to apply before 60 days end, your invitation will be expired and the Government of Canada will remove your profile from the pool.
After that, if you want to be considered in future invitation rounds, you will need to start again by submitting a new Express Entry profile, meeting the requirements and gaining acceptance into the pool one more time.
What if you don’t receive invitation to apply
Within 12 months since you submit your Express Entry profile, if your Express Entry account does not receive any invitation to apply, it will be automatically expired. You can find the expire date in your account.
Once expired, your profile will be removed from the CRS and you will receive a message about this in your account.
You are able to make a new profile. You can take screenshots of your profile to save data and fill it into your new one. However, you should only create a new profile after your existing profile is already expired. Otherwise, you will have to withdraw the existing profile first by following these steps:
- Log in to your Express Entry account
- On the main page, click on “View the applications you submitted”
- Go to the ““Withdraw profile” link
- Under the heading “What would you like to do today?”, below the “Warning!” text, click on “Continue” button.
You need to submit a new profile to be able to mention Express Entry in the profile on job boards.
Once submitting your new profile, you will receive an Express Entry profile number and a Job Seeker validation code to use on Job Bank.
Other way to immigrate
Apart from submitting your profile to Express Entry, you can also choose to apply directly to a province or territory under the PNP or consider other options to live in Canada.
Step 4 – Getting invited to apply for permanent residence
The Government of Canada will invite highest-ranked candidates in the pool to apply for permanent residence. Once getting invited, you will be given a 60 days period to submit your application.
Most complete application (with all necessary documents attached) will be processed within 6 months.
Reference link: Canada.ca
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