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The Top 10 Myths About the Express Entry System

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"The Express Entry system is the fastest and most popular way to immigrate to Canada. The Express Entry system manages applications for three federal economic immigration programs."
Written by My Visa Source Team
Published on:  Aug 18, 2021
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The Express Entry system is the fastest and most popular way to immigrate to Canada. The Express Entry system manages applications for three federal economic immigration programs:

  • Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP)
  • Federal Skilled Trade Program (FSTP)
  • Canadian Experience Class (CEC)

While it might be a straightforward way to apply for permanent residence in Canada, many people still have many misconceptions about how it works. 

What Are the Top 10 Myths About the Express Entry System?

Myth 1: Anyone can enter the Express Entry Pool

Fact: Only applicants who meet the requirements of one of the above-mentioned federal economic programs can enter the Express Entry pool. This is one of the biggest misconceptions about the Express Entry system. Your eligibility for these programs depends on your age, language proficiency, education level, and work experience among other factors. 

Myth 2: A pre-arranged employment offer is mandatory to enter the Express Entry Pool

Fact: A pre-arranged job offer isn’t mandatory. However, it does improve the chances of your application being accepted. Having a Canadian employer has a direct impact on your application. Your application is ranked based on the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) in the Express Entry system. Therefore, if you lose points for not having a Canadian employer, then you can catch up by having a provincial nomination or improving other factors on your application. 

Myth 3: Only occupations under the Eligible Occupations List can qualify for the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP)

Fact: There is no eligible occupation list for the FSWP as of Jan 1, 2021. Applicants must simply demonstrate one year of work experience obtained in the last 10 years. Occupations are classified as per the National Occupational Classification (NOC) codes based on the skill type and responsibilities of the job. There is still an ineligible list of occupations for the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) program. 

Myth 4: The Express Entry system is the only way for Canadian economic immigration

Fact: While Express Entry manages most of the federal economic immigration programs, there are still other pathways like the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) offered by 11 provinces and territories. The PNPs nominate applicants based on their skills and experience and their relevance to the local labor market needs. 

Many applicants who are not eligible for the Express Entry system usually go for immigration streams available under different PNPs. Another example is the province of Quebec. Quebec has the autonomy to nominate applicants for permanent residence in the province to retain its identity as a predominantly French-speaking province. 

Therefore, if you plan on residing in Quebec, then you must apply for economic immigration through programs available under the Quebec Immigration system, for example, the Quebec Skilled Worker Program (QSWP).

Myth 5: Once selected, there is plenty of time to apply for permanent residency as an Express Entry candidate

Fact: If you are selected in the Express Entry system, you will receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residence. You must respond to this ITA by submitting your completed application for permanent residence within 60 days. You must gather all the required documents including personal identification documents, education certificates, employment references, etc to complete the application.

Myth 6: You don’t need to demonstrate language proficiency to enter the Express Entry Pool

Fact: Demonstrating language proficiency by passing an approved English or French language test is an important eligibility requirement to enter the Express Entry pool. All applicants must demonstrate their language proficiency based on the Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB) for English or French.

Myth 7: Candidates can check their CRS score and ranking and know how many points will be required for an ITA

Fact: While candidates can calculate their CRS score based on their profile and check the maximum required ranking based on the recent Express Entry draws, they can not see their actual ranking. It is difficult to predict what ranking threshold will be set for the next Express Entry draw. Seeing this information can help you assess what rank you should aim for just to be safe, however, it does not guarantee that your application will be successful.

Myth 8: You can provide false information in the Express Entry system to immigrate to Canada

Fact: Misrepresentation of facts will have severe consequences for your application. Providing false information on your application is a big risk for your future. The Canadian government is notorious for being thorough with its background checks. If any misrepresentation is detected, you can face a 5-year ban on applying for Canadian permanent residence.

Myth 9: You can not update your Express Entry profile once it is submitted

Fact: You can update your profile at any time while it is in the Express Entry pool. You will be actively reminded to keep your profile updated as any improvements to your core factors (language proficiency, education level, work experience) will add to your overall points in the CRS system. For example, receiving a provincial nomination will add 600 points to your profile, etc. 

Myth 10: Express Entry is a far too easy a way to immigrate to Canada

Fact: While the Express Entry system has made the immigration process much faster and straightforward, the Canadian government is very strict in reviewing applications for permanent residence

The Express Entry system focuses on the economic immigration of applicants with skills and experience to address the labor market needs. The application processing time has been cut short but your application still goes through the same amount of scrutiny as for other Canadian immigration programs

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