The 10 Myths about “Express Entry” Everyone Thinks is True
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***This article from an immigration expert will save you time and money in better understanding your rights and options under the “Express Entry System”***
Ever since the Canadian government rolled out the Express Entry system on January 1, 2015, we have received a significant increase in the number paid consultation sessions.
Most of our clients gladly paid for our time to explain Express Entry to them. However, we felt this kind of knowledge is beneficial to everyone and should be shared with our avid readers.
As a result, we have compiled a list of common myths or misconceptions regarding Express Entry below. This way, when you come to paid consultation sessions, you will already have a basic grasp of Express Entry and we can focus on solving your specific issues instead.
If you want an easy way to calculate your Express Entry score without hassle, we will present a free solution at the end of this article.
10 “Express Entry” Myths and How to Bust Them
1) Express Entry is a new immigration program: FALSE!
Express Entry is a new online immigration system to facilitate the entry of SKILLED WORKERS into Canada. It is not an immigration program per se, but merely an online system that administers the intake of skilled workers. In other words, Express Entry itself will not grant you PR status. When you hear people say “Qualify under Express Entry”, they actually meant “Qualify under a certain immigration program facilitated by Express Entry.”
To be eligible to enter the pool under Express Entry, candidates must have skilled work experience in a National Occupational Code (NOC) 0, A or B occupation. Also, jobs offered to candidates in the pool must be in one of these categories.
2) Express Entry will replace all of Canada’s immigration programs: FALSE!
As explained before, Express Entry is designed to attract SKILLED WORKERS to Canada. To achieve this goal, it only covers certain economic programs, such as Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), Canadian Experience Class (CEC), Federal Skilled Trades Class (FSTC), and Provincial Nominee Programs (PNP) to a limited degree.
For other types of immigration programs, such as family sponsorship, caregivers, self-employed, and start-up visas, the old system still applies.
3) I didn’t qualify for FSWP, CEC and FSTC under the old system, but I have another shot with Express Entry: FALSE!
Express Entry does not change immigration program requirements because it is not a new program. It is a new way for CIC to manage the intake of economic immigration applications online.
If you did not qualify for FSWP, CEC, or FSTC under the old system, chances are that you will not qualify under Express Entry, unless you gained more experience, qualifications and are now meeting the requirements.
Remember, Express Entry is NOT a new immigration program!
4) There is a list of eligible occupations for CEC and FSWP under Express Entry: FALSE!
Under the old system, there used to be a list of eligible occupations for FSWP and a list of ineligible occupations for CEC.
The good news is Express Entry currently does not include an eligible occupation list or occupation caps.
However, with CIC’s track record of making abrupt changes to policies and procedures, we can reasonably expect the coming of such lists. Therefore, if you currently qualify under Express Entry, we encourage you to apply as soon as possible.
5) If I have a job offer, I will gain 600 points: FALSE!
The term “job offer” has its own specific definition from CIC. For more information, please click here: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/immigrate/skilled/offer.asp
You will have a valid job offer, if your employer:
- has made an offer to give you a full-time job for at least one year if you are accepted as a permanent resident; and
- has a positive Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) from ESDC.
Since it can be difficult to obtain a positive LMIA, most candidates who thought they had a job offer eventually realize that they do not meet the definition of a job offer and therefore cannot claim 600 points.
6) As long as I meet the requirements of one of the following: CEC, FSWP, FSTC, I will DEFINITELY receive an invitation to apply (ITA): FALSE!
Express Entry is a two-step process.
If you meet all the requirements of the specific program, you will be put into the Express Entry “pool.” You can remain in the pool for up to 1 year.
Everyone in the pool will have a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score. This score is based on factors that have been shown to help immigrants prosper in Canada. CIC will conduct draws on a regular basis to select candidates from the pool based on their CRS scores.
7) Single candidates and married candidates with the same qualifications and experiences will receive the same points: FALSE!
Below are some examples of how candidates receive different scores based on their marital status.
If single: 110 points maximum
If married: 100 points maximum for principle applicant
If single: 150 points maximum
If married: 140 points maximum for principle applicant and 10 points maximum for spouse
If single: 136 points maximum
If married: 128 points maximum for principle applicant and 20 points maximum for spouse
8) After receiving ITA, I can take my time to submit the PR application: FALSE!
You have 60 days to submit your PR application after you receive your ITA.
This is a common area where most applicants fail to notice. 60 days may seem like a long time, but if you did not know what to submit and did not prepare everything in advance, chances are that you will not be able to meet the 60-day deadline.
If you are our client already and you are reading this article, you don’t need to worry about it because we always have all the required documents ready ahead of time and have not missed any deadline in the past.
9)Candidates who have Canadian work experience and are currently in Canada receive priority processing compared to candidates outside Canada: FALSE!
Under Express Entry, all candidates are treated equally in the sense that in-Canada applicants do not receive any preference compared to overseas applicants.
10) I need an LMIA to submit a profile into the Express Entry system: FALSE!
While it is true that a valid job offer with LMIA grants you an additional 600 points, you DO NOT need an LMIA to submit your Express Entry profile or to make it into the qualified pool.
|Date of Draws||Draw #||Number of ITAs Issued||Cut-Off Score||Draw interval (days)||ITA Differences||CRS Differences|
As of the time of writing, CIC has conducted 4 draws in 2015 thus far.
You can see that the cut-off score (the candidate with the lowest score who received ITA) first took a steep decrease of 68 points between the 1st and the 2nd draw. However, CIC issued 70 more ITAs between the 2nd and the 3rd draw, but the Cut-off score only went down by 10 points. Interestingly, CIC issued 338 more ITAs between the 3rd and the 4th draw and cut-off score went down another 73 points.
Since the beginning of Express Entry, the cut-off score has gone down 151 points in merely 4 rounds.
Conclusion & Our Predictions of the Future
In conclusion, if you want to apply NOW but do not have a LMIA-based valid job offer, it is unlikely for you to receive an ITA. However, due to the fact that LMIAs are difficult to obtain now, we believe that the cut-off scores will decrease gradually until it reaches equilibrium at around 400-500 points a few months down the road.
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