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Express Entry is the new way skilled immigrants immigrate to Canada. Federal Skilled Worker, Federal Skilled Trades and Canadian Experience Class now operate through Express Entry.

Express Entry is an online electronic system that manages those applications for permanent residence in Canada that fall under specific immigration programs:

In order to apply for Express Entry, you will need to qualify for one of the above Canadian immigration programs. This means you must have:

  • at least 1 year of full-time Canadian work experience (or equivalent part time experience), and / or
  • at least 1 year of full-time work experience (or equivalent part time experience abroad in an occupation that Canada deems “skilled” (see below), and / or
  • at least 2 years of full-time work experience (or equivalent part time experience) abroad in a trade.
If your work experience is abroad, usually you are required to have a job offer in addition.

There are additional requirements which you can learn about by reading about the individual programs.

I want to go Canada without ielst its possible??

Yeah, if you come here as a “temporary resident” you don’t necessarily need IELTS:

  • You do not need IELTS to come to Canada as a tourist.
  • If you get a job offer from a Canadian employer and they don’t require IELTS, you can apply for a work permit (and an LMIA) and come here.
  • Some schools don’t require IELTS and you can get accepted and come here on a study permit.
In the latter two cases you can work in Canada for a year in a skilled occupation (after you graduate, if applicable) and then apply for PR that way. (At this point you will have to demonstrate your language ability, though, if you came here as a worker.)

I have received an invitation for a Permanent resident. My application was sumbitted without my wife to get a higher points, she is a phd student in Canada, if i received the PR for my self and my children, what’s the chances for here to got it in the future?

Once you have PR just sponsor her for PR through the spousal sponsorship process. Since there are children involved this should be easy.

My Canadian Permanent Residency Card expired about 7 years ago and I have not been to Canada in the last 10 years. I have received an ITA for Express entry and accepted the ITA. I assumed that I was no longer a Permanent Resident given that I have not fulfilled the residency requirements. Will there be a problem if submit my application for PR?

Actually there could be an issue. It depends whether or not you are still a permanent resident. If you never relinquished your status or had your status revoked, you are still a PR. This may be discovered during the application process. Not sure exactly what will happent then. You should contact a lawyer or Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (RCIC) to find out what to do.

In Canada Express entry, I am married and have one child, but I am planning to immigrate alone? what documents I will have to provide for wife and child.

You still need to provide the information required by the Family Information form, if you ever want to sonspor them to come to Canada later. This includes medicals.

I’m Raghesh from India. We ( Myself, my spouse n kids) received Canadian PR this month. The expiry date of the same is 20 September 2017. My PR was through Saskatchewan PNP. My plan is to land in Toronto with my family by first week of September 2017. From there I’ll travel to Saskatchewan alone, while my Spouse n kids will fly back to India. They will join me back once I manage to get a good job. So my query is that at, Port of entry immigration point, do I need to show the tickets of Toronto to Saskatchewan journey for the whole family. Or can I show my Saskatchewan ticket n the return tickets of my family (to India) and tell the truth?

You should tell the truth.

When you do, you and your family can expect questions about how long they plan on returning to India for.

so actually i am about to become a permanent resident but the problem is my passport is expired .Will there be any problem in me receiving the permanent resident document ?

You normally need a valid passport to “land” so you should renew your passport. Try not to hand in your expired passport if you can.

I am haitian and I applied for the express entry in order to get my permanent resident . I am already working in Canada but as A diplomat .if we get married , will that ause any problem with my request? the other question is if we get married , will he be able to sponsor me in order to have the permanent residency ? And at this time i will have to renounce to my diplomat status..

Marriage will not affect your Express Entry application.

Once you are married, you can be sponsored. But you cannot remain a diplomat for a foreign country and be a permanent resident at the same time.

Hi, I am currently on a work permit tied to my company and got laid off. I’m applying for a permanent residence (waiting for an invitation) and plan to go back to my home country (France) once I send the complete application. I would still have an address in Canada. Will this situation be problematic? Will I still be able to get my residence?

If you qualify to immigrate through FSW or CEC it doesn’t matter where you are physically, as long as you have legal status there. So it shouldn’t matter.

I am applying through SW program for PR (in process stage). But recently I decided to have a rhinoplasty which changes my nose tip. Other features of my faces stay the same. Should I change my current passport to avoid any difficulty of identification, and send update to CIC? 

That really depends upon whether you’re still identifiable by your old photograph.

I have an invitation to apply via the express entry programme. Do i include my Canadian wife on the application?

No, you do not have to include your Canadian wife.

I applied for express entry and i got my ITA approved yesterday. Currently i am working with my Work Permit expiring in May 28th. But I have to travel outside Canada for a month from mid of May to Mid of June. Can i apply for visitors visa, in order to Enter the country? if yes, can i continue to work with Same employer after entering? is there any alternative to re-enter Canada with out problem

You can apply for a visitor visa to travel back to the country. (If you are driving to and from the US, you don’t need to do this.) You should apply for a bridging work permit so that you can work between when your work permit expires and when you get your PR.

I am a US citizen wanting to marry my bf who is on a work permit in Canada. What is the procedure for this and approximately how long will the whole process take? Can i live in canada or will i need to reside in the US? Can i work or take classes in Canada while our paperwork is pending?

You can marry your boyfriend in Canada or the US.

Once you are married you can apply for an open work permit to work along side your husband in Canada.

Once he qualifies to apply for PR, you can be part of the application. (Alternatively, if you qualify for PR first, he can be on your application.)

He can’t sponsor you yet, he’s not a permanent resident.


If your job if skilled – i.e. you are eligible for Canadian Experience Class – you must work in Canada for at least one year before applying for PR.

At that time you can create an Express Entry profile.

Once you get an Invitation to Apply (ITA) it should be approximately 6 months from the date of your application submission when you receive a decision.

my question is the cic ask for entry exit movement report from kuwait and jordan in kuwait they refuse to give the report because iam not under criminal case in jordan iam afraid that my country not allowed double citizen becaus they ask for the reason and in fact all my decleration paper are ok and the report from canada border ok and all stamps in passport are ok and clear what will be the result if no chance to get this report and submit it to cic

You should provide their answers in writing, translated if need be, to show you made the effort.

I received my ITA on Sep 2016, under the Express Entry – Provincial Nominee Program (PNP). Subsequently, I submitted my PR Application on October 2016 and received a confirmation letter from CIC for the same. I had also paid PR Application Fees and submitted a complete PR application form for processing. At this point, there was nothing due from my end. The normal processing time of 6 months, as per the CIC website, has almost elapsed on 20th April 2017 I have been waiting patiently to hear from CIC about my application status and COPR. I am getting restless as I have no communication whatsoever from CIC on the status of my application Sad May I know what are my options now? Is it normal not to receive any status update between submission of PR application and COPR? Is it common for PR Applicants to receive a COPR much later than the normal processing time? If Yes, then how much longer should I wait before I write to CIC again.

The stated processing time of 6 months is just a goal and, moreover, a goal as an average, meaning that even if IRCC (formerly CIC) meet the goal, some applications will be done sooner and some less soon.

Your best option is to submit a case specific enquiry.


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