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Canada’s Express Entry opens on 1 Jan – Facts to dispel myths

Posted on December  26 , 2014

The new selection system for immigration to Canada, Express Entry, is scheduled to come into operation on January 1, 2015, a few short days away. Express Entry will change how Canada manages its economic immigration by moving it from a supply-driven system to a demand-driven one.  We would like to review some common myths, as Express Entry gets ready to launch.


Myth #1:        The Federal Skilled Worker Program is completely gone.

Reality:           The Express Entry system is a new way of selecting economic stream Applicants.  The FSW program is not completely gone.

It is based on the economic programs currently available, including the Federal Skilled Worker program.  The criteria are still the same for FSW applicants.  What has changed is the actual process of applying.  This is now streamed through Express Entry.


Myth #2:        There will be short-listed eligible occupations only under Express Entry for the Federal Skilled Worker program.

Reality:           There will be no such short-listed eligible occupations list for the Federal Skilled Worker program, as of January 1, 2015.  However, under Federal Skilled Trades, there are stipulated occupations under the regulations.

Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has confirmed that, as of January 1, 2015, eligibility for the Federal Skilled Worker program will not include a list of eligible occupations.

However, Applicants must demonstrate that they have worked at least one year in a skilled occupation within the past 10 years under a skilled level occupation (NOC 0, A, B).  Jobs in Canada are classified by what are called National Occupational Classification (NOC) codes, which are divided by skill level and skill type.  Find your occupation here and ensure your NOC code is type 0, A or B:

Federal Skilled Trades currently eligible are organized under these major groups of the NOC:

▪          Major Group 72, industrial, electrical and construction trades,

▪          Major Group 73, maintenance and equipment operation trades,

▪          Major Group 82, supervisors and technical jobs in natural resources, agriculture and related production, and

▪          Major Group 92, processing, manufacturing and utilities supervisors and central control operators.


Myth #3:        Passing a language test is all that is needed to meet the threshold to enter the Express Entry pool. 

Reality:           Candidates must have passed a standardized language test recognized by the government of Canada in either English or French before entering the Express Entry pool.  The exact minimum requirements depend on the test written.

CIC has confirmed that candidates will have to demonstrate proficiency in an official language of Canada, either English or French, in order to enter the Express Entry pool. Language ability is determined by the candidate sitting a standardized language test, the most common of which are the IELTS or CELPIP for English and TEF for French.

Applicants will not be able to enter the Express Entry pool without submitting language test results that meet the eligibility requirements for one of the federal economic immigration programs.  Remember that each economic class program has its own eligibility criteria and an Applicant must meet these.  For example, for the Federal Skilled Worker program, IELTS results must be from the General Version, with a score of at least 6.0 in each of the four attributes, and your test result cannot be more than two years old.

Be careful to note that if you are applying under a Skilled Trade, then you do NOT require a language test.  However, if you do provide a test score, you could certainly increase your chances of being invited to apply.

Applicants must ALSO complete an Educational Credential Assessment, to determine education points for eligibility into the pool.  An Applicant’s educational credentials are compared to Canadian standards by CIC-designated third-parties only.  Please contact Farrol Consulting for more information about language and education testing. We encourage all prospective Applicants to start their language testing and Education Assessment as soon as possible


Myth #4:        Anybody can enter the Express Entry pool.

Reality:           Only Applicants who qualify for one of the three economic streams (Federal Skilled Worker, Federal Skilled Trades, and Canadian Experience Class) may enter the pool.

There is a common misconception that anyone can enter the Express Entry pool.  This is not true.

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Myth #5:        You need a job offer to immigrate to Canada through Express Entry.

Reality:           A job offer is not required, but it will raise your ranking score.

Applicants in the Express Entry pool must qualify for one of the three economic streams.  They will be ranked according to the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS).  A maximum of 1,200 points will be available for applicants, and Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) will issue invitations to apply for permanent residence to candidates with the highest ranking. You can earn 600 of these points if you have either a provincial nomination certificate or a qualifying job offer from a Canadian employer.  Such an offer will provide applicants a huge boost in ranking and significantly increase their chances of being invited to apply for permanent residence.


Myth #6:        An Applicant’s point score is identical to their ranking score in the Express Entry pool. 

Reality:           Applicants will know their calculated point score, but they will not know where they are ranked in the Express Entry pool.  The calculated score is not the same as their Express Entry pool ranking.

The Comprehensive Ranking System will be CIC’s method of ranking eligible candidates in the Express Entry pool, and Applicants will not know their rank in the pool in comparison to other Applicants.

Applicants will constantly be invited to apply, while others are registering into the pool.  Therefore, the ranking of your score within the pool will continually change as applicants move in and out of the pool, although your actual calculated score does not change.


Myth #7:        Applicants, who are invited to apply, have up to 6 months to submit their perfected applications for permanent residence.

Reality:           Applicants will have 60 days to submit their forms, documents, original language results, original educational credential assessment, fees, photos, plus completed medicals and police checks.

The process requires the gathering of many personal documents relating to family and civil status, education credentials, and work reference letters, within 60 days.  It is suggested that an Applicant have ready as many documents as possible.

Eligible Applicants must be “submission-ready” at any time after registering into the Express Entry pool, to ensure they meet the 60-day deadline once they are invited to apply.  It is recommended that all documents are ready at any given time.


Myth #8:        Applicants can improve their chance of success by giving false information to enter the Express Entry pool.

Reality:              Providing false information is wrong.  This is called “misrepresentation” and carries stiff penalties.

The information provided by an Applicant is self-declared at the Express Entry stage.  Some candidates may be tempted to provide false information in order to appear eligible to enter the Express Entry pool.

The false information supplied by the Applicant during the initial stages of the process will be caught and will carry penalties.  These are severe penalties for misrepresentation with up to a five-year ban on applying for permanent resident status. Candidates who are found to have given false information during any stage of the Express Entry process, including step one, will be subject to these new penalties.


Myth #9:        Once an Express Entry profile has been created, it cannot be changed.

Reality:           Applicants can update their profiles while in the Express Entry pool at any time, but can only have one profile in the pool.

Applicants enter constantly and successful candidates leave once they have submitted an application. Candidates can improve their ranking by improving their language abilities, gaining work experience, or completing an education program or receiving a valid job offer from a Canadian employer or a provincial nomination. Candidates’ profiles will not be “locked-in” at any stage during the one year for which their profiles remain in the pool. Indeed, profiles and rankings are subject to change.


Myth #10:      Express Entry will be an easy and fast process.

Reality:           We are unsure how fast this process will be.  This is an entirely new way of processing applications for permanent residents in the economic stream.  It is all on-line and we expect there will be challenges as Applicants and the process itself adapts to the economic needs in Canada,

We believe the Express Entry system is an ideal goal, but the reality is that it will be an evolving system, and we do not expect it to be necessarily an easy and fast process.


Source: Farrol Consulting, Canada – The Visa Centre’s Regulated Canadian consultants

A Message from Farrol Consulting:

Express Entry has been highlighted in the news and on various websites as the ‘hype’ builds in anticipation for a new economic selection system for Canada in 2015.  It will continue to build more interest and with that, more queries, from the public and from Applicants like you.  Farrol Consulting is committed to providing ‘breaking news’ to you as quickly as possible, so that you may be best informed and prepared for immigration decisions for yourself and your family.