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How can I immigrate to Canada? What is Express Entry?

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A little background info…

If you’re new to Why I Post, let me tell you a quick background on me. You can simply skip to the next section if you’re not new here.

I’m Marcelle and I started my website Why I Post so I could share all my travel-related experiences with as many people as possible so that everyone would feel more confident when applying for a visa, a citizenship process, book a trip overseas, go abroad as an international student or work overseas.
I am such a big nerd when it comes to exchange programs, visas and citizenship applications. I find it really enjoyable to search for all the rules and requirements mandatory for those applications. But I know that’s not for everyone. I understand you may not like those boring things like me. So to help you guys out, I try to simplify and summarize them on my blog.
The information I share comes from countries’ official websites and my personal experience in applying for international processes. And having traveled to 16 countries and having lived abroad a couple times, you can imagine how many application and paperwork I had to go through.

Because of my experience, I have written to other travel blogs and have even given an interview.

Above are just a few of the reasons for why I enjoy blogging about travel experiences.
I’d like to show you that you can have better travel experiences and you should not hate planning your next international trip.
You can make changes to your life by traveling and it doesn’t have to be scary.
Yes, an international experience helps you to tick places off your bucket list. But it’s more than that!
I see traveling as an exclusive experience, that’s all about being present, tasting, learning, trying, seeing and doing.
Going abroad is about indulging in unique local experiences: living the moment and making remarkable memories, the best ones!

I want you to have fun & create your own history while having THE time of your life abroad, truly enjoying the life you are living!

Now let’s get back to how to immigrate to Canada

What is Express Entry?

It is one of the ways to immigrate to Canada as a permanent resident (or Permanent Resident – PR).
Briefly, it works as a points system that puts the candidates in a ranking based on the number reached, from highest to lowest.

 

 

How can I apply to Express Entry?

Firstly, as a candidate, you will need to create a profile on the Canadian government’s immigration site, so it goes into what the system calls the Express Entry pool. Then, the best-placed applicants, with the highest score, receive an invitation to apply for PR.
In a simplified way, we can say that the process consists of two stages:

Step 1: create your Express Entry profile

For this part, you are going to need to provide them information about your:

•    skills
•    education
•    language ability
•    work experience and
•    other details
The information provided on your profile will determine if you are eligible for an immigration program through Express Entry. If you meet the criteria, you will be accepted into the pool of candidates and will be given access to create a Job Match account with Job Bank, which is an online tool to help match you with employers looking for workers with your skills.

Step 2: the highest-ranking candidates in the pool are going to get invited to apply for permanent residence.

What does it mean: It means you will be ranked in the Express Entry pool using a points-based system called the Comprehensive Ranking System, or simply CRS. The CRS gives you a score based on the information in your profile, including your:

•    skills
•    education
•    language ability (check the questions I got on my exam)
•    work experience
•    other factors

You can also get points for:

•    Canadian degrees, diplomas or certificates
•    a valid (full-time permanent) job offer
•    a nomination from a province or territory

Canadian Government sends invitations to apply, also called ITA, to the candidates with the highest scores in the pool. If they invite you to apply, you will have 90 days to submit an online complete application for permanent residence.

In their official website, the Government of Canada says they process most applications and its required supporting documents, in only six months or even less.

Want some more good news? You can stay in the pool for up to 12 months as long as you meet the criteria for one of the federal programs. And if your education or language skills changes, for example, if you finished a new university course and just got a second Diploma or took a second language exam and your results came in with higher test grades, you can update your profile information at anytime.

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